Producer Charles Roven – Warcraft Film to start shootings on early 2014

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legendary-pictures-charles-rovenDuring an interview with SlashFilm, producer Charles Roven revealed plans to start shooting the Warcraft film during the first quarter of 2014. It’s possible the Warcraft film might hit the big screen around 2015.

“First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie. We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with Duncan.” — said Charles Roven.

Charles Roven produced Man of Steel (2013), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Get Smart (2008), and Twelve Monkeys (1995) — just to name a few heavy hitters.

2015 … Orly? Yarly!

It is interesting to hear the Warcraft film will hit the big screen on 2015. Not because of what you might think, but because a lot of films are scheduled to hit 2015 too.

Could the Warcraft film be at the top of the box office in 2015? Maybe. However, take a look at all the tough contenders the Warcraft film might be fighting against at the Box office. Let’s see some of the known films to arrive on 2015.

MARCH

  • The Fantastic Four (Reboot) – March 6
  • The Penguins of Madagascar – March 27

MAY

  • The Avengers 2 – May 1
  • Assassin’s Creed – May 22

JUNE

  • Justice League (DC Comics) TBD
  • B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations – June 1
  • Inside Out (Disney/Pixar) – June 19

JULY

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – July 10
  • The Smurfs 3 – July 24
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 – July 25

NOVEMBER

  • Ant-Man (Marvel) – November 6

DECEMBER

  • Kung Fu Panda 3 – December 23

2015 UNANNOUNCED / NO DATE

  • Jurassic Park IV
  • Avatar 2
  • Popeye
  • Star Wars: Episode VII
  • Untitled Batman Reboot
  • Prometheus Sequel
  • Mission: Impossible V
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • WarCraft
  • The Raven Pitch
  • Perfect 2
  • Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • American Sniper
  • Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger II: The Green Destiny

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Blizzard Entertainment Seeks Storyboard Artist with Film Experience

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Nick Carpenter (Blizzard VP of Art and Cinematic Development) posted a call for a Storyboard Artist with film experience.

You must be able to relocate to Irvine, CA. The project the Storyboard Artist will work on is unknown. Storyboard. Film experience. At a first glance one might quickly think: Warcraft film. However, there is much more Blizzard Entertainment is working on.

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Blizzplanet: Speculation-mode On

We absolutely don’t know what this position is for. That clear, I can think of few projects that might fit the bill.

  • Warcraft film: VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer joined recently. A storyboard artist at this point makes sense.

  • Next-Gen MMO: Lot of “if”s here. If the Next-Gen MMO was to be announced this BlizzCon (November 8-9), if they were to unveil a cinematic teaser, and if they haven’t started working on the cinematic basics — they might need a storyboard artist for the Next-Gen MMO team. Can Blizzard pull that off in less than 6 months? Too Challenging.

  • StarCraft: Ghost: It’s just a matter of when it will be announced, you know it. I can hear some fans pop the argument: “Oh but [x] team is busy on [y] project — it’s not happening any time soon.” So I will pop the argument-slapper: “.. but, a new team was created out of the blue to develop Hearthstone!” Any new teams might be created to handle new games at any time. Or teams we don’t know yet exist might be working on a game as we speak? — [plays Twilight Zone music theme]

  • Hearthstone: Hmm, why not. It’s going into beta in a few weeks from now. I have all Blizzard PC games, and I have never seen a Blizzard game without a cinematic intro.

  • StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void: It’s been a month and a half since Heart of the Swarm launched. What are the chances Legacy of the Void is already in development? Did you see how many cinematics and cutscenes Heart of the Swarm had? Crazy and awesome, right?

  • World of Warcraft expansion: It’s no secret Blizzard aims to ship WoW expansions faster — within the 16 months window. Mists of Pandaria shipped on September 25, 2012. It’s been 7 months since it went live. By November, it will be 13 months and a half since MOP went live. Beta tests last around 6 months. Thus, there is a mismatch there for the 16th month shipping milestone. Either way, cinematic team might begin work any time. Hiring a Storyboard artist makes sense here too.

  • Short film: The Diablo III: Wrath short was short of awesome. Blizzard might show a short based on any of the current and upcoming IPs.

  • Diablo III expansion: It’s been basically a year (May 12) since Diablo III went live. By BlizzCon (Nov 7-8) it will be 18 months. Nice timing for an expansion announcement. Add a few months before beta starts, plus at least six months of beta testing. Plenty of time for cinematic work.

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Henry Cavill Almost Misses Superman Man of Steel Role Due to World of Warcraft

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In a very funny interview, actor Henry Cavill told IGN he almost misses the Man of Steel role when director Zack Snyder called him by phone to give him the role and he was in the middle of a World of Warcraft dungeon, and let the phone ring unanswered.

When he checked the caller ID, his eyes nigh pop. He ditched Zack Snyder’s phone call to continue playing WoW … more at IGN.

That really makes me wonder. If there was a cast call for the Warcraft film … would Henry Cavill be among them?

To follow Warcraft film latest news visit Blizzplanet, and follow these Twitter pages: Nick Carpenter, Duncan Jones, and Stuart Fenegan.

Blizzplanet’s Warcraft film news section.

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Warcraft Film Release Date to be Announced Soon

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Collider recently interviewed Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull to talk about several movies including Warcraft, Pacific Rim, Superman’s Man of Steel, 42 and Godzilla.

There was no direct quote, but Collider mentioned Thomas Tull added that we’ll soon be hearing updates regarding the production status, script, and release date.

Thomas Tull said we will learn more about the Warcraft film “soon”. It’s hard to say if it is “soon” or “soon™” (Blizzard-style). Unless we see this new wave of info via Press Release, I see no other avenue other than BlizzCon — to be held on November 8-9th. By the way, if your calendar says April 24 then BlizzCon ticket sales are today at 7pm PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT.

thomas-tull-1Collider: Something that I think a lot of fans have been waiting for is the first kick ass video game movie. You guys at Legendary have partnered up with Warner Brothers to deliver some of the best comic book movies that have ever been made, so what’s it going to take to make the best video game movie that’s ever been made?

Tull: I think first of all is to lose the fact that it’s a video game movie and just concentrate on do you have a story that’s worth telling? Because if you look back to the 80’s, comic book movies were not anywhere near what they are today.

They weren’t given the resources and you didn’t have the level of directors that you have today working on these things. I think with video games it’s just become much more sophisticated storytelling, hard to do a movie off of Pong, but today when you have stuff like Mass Effect, you have things like Warcraft, you have things like Skyrim where very cool worlds have been created, that’s what we’re attracted to.

We took our time with Warcraft because just saying “How many people play the game? Well then that means X number of people will buy a ticket.” That’s a death trap, that’s the surest way to make a crap movie, and that’s not an option. So we took our time wanted to make sure that we used all the canon that’s been built up over years and years by Blizzard. We’re huge believers in Duncan Jones, and I think what we’re going to bring to screen and to bear with Duncan, he is going to break that mold because it’s going to have the resources, the talent around it, and a Field General in Duncan Jones. It’s, again, the reason we took our time, made sure we had the right guy, the right person to make the movie, and then it will speak for itself when it comes out. — source: Collider

Rumor: Ao Tong (a Blizzplanet fan) buzzed us the IMDB listed Bill Westenhofer as the Warcraft film visual effects supervisor. Back in time in memory lane, Bill Westenhofer is the World of Warcraft guild leader who won an Oscar back in 2008. Bill plays a mage in the Kil’jaeden server.

I want to make crystal clear it’s not confirmed that Bill Westenhofer is the Warcraft film visual effects supervisor. This is set as a rumor until confirmed. For experience, not everything I have seen in IMDB is true. I am waiting for response on this matter to confirm or debunk the IMDB listing. Stay tuned to the front page.

Bill Westenhofer – Bios

Academy Award winner Bill Westenhofer is leading the Rhythm & Hues creative team for “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee for 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Bill served as the vfx supervisor on “The A-Team” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” for Fox, and the comedy adventure “Land of the Lost” for Universal Pictures.

In 2008, Bill received the Academy Award® for Achievement in Visual Effects for overseeing the work of hundreds of R&H digital artists on “The Golden Compass.” He also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Special Visual Effects for the same film. Bill was previously Oscar nominated for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Bill’s other supervisory credits include “Elf,” “The Rundown,” “Men in Black II,” “Cats & Dogs,” “Stuart Little” I and II, “Frequency” and “Babe: Pig in the City,” the latter a BAFTA nominee.

Beginning as a technical director with Rhythm & Hues in 1994, Bill’s lighting and effects animation work was featured in “Batman Forever” and numerous commercials. He was promoted to CG supervisor for “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” and continued in that role for “Spawn,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Kazaam” and “Waterworld.”

Bill holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University.

Warcraft Film – Duncan Jones visits Blizzard Entertainment

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Duncan Jones (MOON, WARCRAFT director) and Stuart Fenegan (WARCRAFT Executive Producer) visited Blizzard Entertainment on March 19th for a jam session with Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter, and James Waugh (among others). Even Russell Brower (Director of Audio/Composer).

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According to Duncan Jones, the WARCRAFT Film has officially begun? huh? Does that mean casting soon? What exactly does “Im making a film right now” mean?

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Warcraft Film – Motion-Picture

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The World of Warcraft twitter account messaged the Warcraft film director Duncan Jones the following: “We can’t wait to see your vision of Azeroth in motion-picture form!”

I can’t believe how often we get to hear tiny updates and teases from several Blizzard developers, executives and even Duncan Jones. I am absolutely loving it. I love the fact they are open about sharing tidbits. It spells good things for the future when actual actors begin to be cast, and scenes start to be filmed — because chances are Duncan Jones and Blizzard developers might be as open then as they are now.

Grab your popcorn and enjoy the ride. It’s gonna be an exciting two-years of production.

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Duncan Jones Teases Working on the Warcraft Film Today

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This is hopefully going to spark life into the hearts of millions of fans awaiting the Warcraft film, and seriously choke the trolls and naysayers that called it vaporware.

Following Duncan Jones’ visit to the Blizzard Entertainment Irvine Headquarters a few days ago to talk with Blizzard VP of Creative and Franchise Development Chris Metzen — Duncan Jones posted today two tweets one right after the other.

One Tweet saidProducer Liberty Stu put this on my table while I was writing the other day. Not sure if it was a gift or a threat!

Curious about the picture link, I checked it out. It was a freaking “Epic Weapons Warcraft Doomhammer Replica”!!! Liberty Stu placed it on Duncan Jones’ table. Now you would ask — who in the world is Liberty Stu? Well … he’s Stuart Fenegan — the Executive Producer of the WARCRAFT film (Producer of MOON, Co-Producer of SOURCE CODE).

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The second tweet said: “Writing today! I can’t wait! 🙂

Curious, as I always am, I candidly sent a tweet to Duncan Jones to ask if the Doomhammer and his “writing today” comment meant that he was actually writing some scenes for the Warcraft film based on the script — considering he visited Chris Metzen recently.

Duncan Jones responded: “Absolutely!

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There you go guys … the Warcraft film is full-speed ahead.

The big question is if Blizzard is going to make any big reveals about the Warcraft film at BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9th). Or much much earlier? We want teasers. We want to hear when the role cast begins. We want to see photos of actors in scenes. We want viral teasers. OH YEAH! We want geeks teasing geeks. <3

Warcraft Film Activity Since 2012

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I think we have reached a moment in time when we can finally talk more abroad about the Warcraft film after months and years of partial hiatus.

The fans have awaited the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures since 2006 — announced that year at BlizzCon.

Many things have happened news-wise since then, but I’m going to stick to the activity these past six months. Make sure to check out all reference links to be up to date on what’s happened in this six months time-frame.

On July.13.2012, Sam Raimi revealed to CraveOnline at San Diego Comic Con 2012 he was no longer director of the Warcraft film.

With Sam Raimi gone, anything we might have learned or heard since his inception into the Warcraft film is scrapped. Finito. It all started from scratch. Anew.

Let’s pretend those past six years (since 2006) did not exist. The Warcraft film now starts from the moment Charles Levitt gets assigned as screenwriter and Duncan Jones is assigned as new director.

On August.2.2012, Charles Levitt was assigned as new screenwriter of the Warcraft Film. — according to Variety

On September 2012, Nick Carpenter (Blizzard VP of Art & Cinematic Development) tweeted Blizzplanet to share casting ideas. The community sent us some interesting actor/actress names and roles.

On October 2012 – I really don’t dare to make speculations about Pixar having anything to do with the Warcraft film. We only know what Rob Pardo tweeted on October 12th: “Excited to have Mark Andrews from Pixar down at Blizzard today!”

Cameron Dayton also tweeted (on October 12, 2012) that Mark Andrews and Blizzard developers were at the Improv (a comedy club) located at Irvine Spectrum Center.

We have known Blizzard Entertainment invites celebrity personalities to their studios, and basically anyone can request a tour simply by emailing [email protected]

To make an example, film actress Michele Morrow was invited by Blizzard artist Mark Gibbons (Red Knuckle). In short, PIXAR’s visit at Blizzard might have nothing to do with the Warcraft film. So have them in the back of your mind in the meantime.

A few weeks ago, January.30.2013, Blizzard Entertainment announced Duncan Jones — director of Source Code (2011) and Moon (2009) — is now the new director of the Warcraft film.

These six months have been a thrilling drumroll of activity.

A few days ago, Duncan Jones visited Blizzard Entertainment to talk to Chris Metzen and the Creative Team.

It’s happening folks! Hopefully, we can see something more concrete at BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9).

Duncan Jones is looking for a freelance animator. He didn’t specify if his inquiry was about the Warcraft film, or any other unknown projects. Hypothetically, if this was for the Warcraft film, I’d think a freelancer animator could help developing animated sketches as a visual guide of some scenes to be later filmed with live actors.

Overall, I liked the direction Blizzard is taking with the Warcraft film, and that they aren’t keeping everything secret. They are very open about posting in Twitter.

In the meantime, grab your popcorn and keep watch on Duncan Jones Twitter. He seems to be very verbal about directing the Warcraft film. We need that. We also need teasers as soon and as often as possible.

Long live the Warcraft film! Slap in the face to the trolls! (and … gnomes)

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Pixar Visits Blizzard Entertainment

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I am totally not making any assumptions nor triggering any speculation or rumor mills with this. Rob Pardo (Blizzard Entertainment Chief Creative Officer) posted this via Twitter, and anyone can read it.

Filmmaker Mark Andrews (Pixar) visited Blizzard Entertainment’s Irvine headquarters today. Andrews was story supervisor for The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and most recently director of Brave (2012).

Recently, Rob Pardo and Chris Metzen visited the Pixar offices to talk about storytelling during an in-house panel.

Me? I’m just informing our audience ((don’t kill the messenger)) and I’ll zip my mouth, and — ((hmmff-hmf hmfff Wthoomfff?)

…. unzips mouth — Ok, I’m pretty bad at keeping my opinion to myself. I’m not particularly believing this Pixar/Blizzard visiting each other has something to do with the Legendary Pictures Warcraft film. It could merely be mutual discussions about storytelling and animation, consulting, exchanging ideas.

On the other hand, we could speculate there is something more beyond what appearances show. On top of the Warcraft film (with live actors), there could be other projects like a StarCraft or Warcraft animated film down the line after the Legendary Pictures Warcraft film. Who knows?

Update: Cameron Dayton (Blizzard Entertainment Writer, Story Developer, and Transmedia consultant) posted this via Twitter: “Story session with Pixar’s Mark Andrews at the Improv.”

The Improv is a comedy club franchise located at Irvine Spectrum Center (71 Fortune Drive # 841 Irvine, CA 92618 USA.)

Warcraft Film – Blizzard Wants Your Casting Call Ideas

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    Update: Added several photos of actors proposed by fans. Tweeted the list to Nick Carpenter and Crithto. Keep sending your ideas. I’ll forward new ones.

After Sam Raimi’s departure as director, Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures continue to carry out plans to develop a film based on the Warcraft universe.

The latest buzz was that a new writer had been assigned to the project. In August.3.2012, Variety reported screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, The Seventh Son) was picked by Legendary Pictures to take the challenge of bringing the world of Azeroth to life onto the big screen. It’s unknown if Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan screenwriter) is still aboard sharing screenwriter credits with Charles Leavitt.

No director has been assigned to the Warcraft film yet, but Nick Carpenter definitely breaths some heavenly hope to all of us Warcraft fans. While this is by no means an official statement nor endorsed by the Blizzard Public Relations team, it’s very kind and sensitive to allow fans to give their opinion and feedback before any film casting is made.

Chad “Crithto” Wingerd (World of Warcraft community manager) and Nick Carpenter (Blizzard Entertainment Vice-President of Art & Cinematic Development) had an exchange of ideas via Twitter.

We would like our audience to jump in into this discussion, and to thoroughly tinker some talented actors and actresses, or voice actors that you envision to participate in the Warcraft film.

We will forward your opinion and feedback to Blizzard Entertainment.

You can post your ideas below in the comments section. The comments login can be your facebook, twitter, google, or yahoo login via Disqus.

Update: It just hit me square on the forehead. I recently saw Blizzard Rob Pardo posted in twitter he and Chris Metzen (SVP of Creative Development) had visited Pixar and he was glad to have met those folks. His visit to Pixar is a mystery. Does anyone dare to cast conspiracy theories and to light up the rumor mill?

Update: Your Pick

The fans have shared their voice on which actors/actresses should be considered for the Warcraft Film. Below you can see the photos of some of these actors. I’ll forward these to Nick Carpenter, thanks. I’m still listening. Feel free to submit more ideas. This is in no way an official cast crew. Just ideas submitted by fans.


Arthas

Vladimir Kulich (middle-aged battle-worn:
Varian Wrynn/Arthas/Bolvar Fordragon)

Michele Morrow (Sylvanas)

Mila Jovovich (Tyrande)

Vin Diesel (Thrall)

David Wenham (Arthas)

Liam Neeson (Uther, Cairne or Velen)

Scarlett Johansson (Jaina)

Yvonne Strahovski (Jaina)

John Rhys-Davies (Muradin/King Magni)

Christopher Lee (Medivh/Khadgar)

Ron Perlman (Grom/Garrosh Hellscream)

Ian McKellen (Archmage Antonidas or Terenas)

John Hurt (Uther/King Terenas/Genn Greymane)

Bill Nighy (Tichondrius/Undead Forsaken)

Paul Levesque

Hugo Weaving (Malfurion/Illidan Twins)

Ralph Fiennes (Malfurion/Illidan Twins)

Sean Bean (Arthas/Mal’Ganis/Kael’Thas)

John Malkovich (Kel’Thuzad)

James Cosmo (Anduin Lothar/Genn Greymane/Tirion)

Jason Momoa (King Varian Wrynn)

Iain Glen

Aidan Gillen

Charles Dance

Peter Dinklage (Mekkatorque)

Lena Headey

Emilia Clarke (Blood Elf/Draenei)

Mark Addy

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Larry David

Morgan Freeman (Drek’Thar)

David Boreanz

Mel Gibson

Cillian Murphy (Bloof Elf/Kael’Thas)

Ian Somerhalder (Victor Nefarious)

James Purefoy (Edwin VanCleef)

James Gandolfini (Gazlowe)

Mickey Rourke

Bruce Campbell

Hayden Christensen

Sophie Marceau

Jason Statham (Vol’jin)

Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca)
(as Cairne Bloodhoof)

Ewan McGregor (Malfurion)

Ian McShane (King Magni)

Russel Crowe (Rhonin)

Kate Beckinsale

Sienna Guillory

Ali Larter

Terry Crews (Rexxar/Thrall)

Patrick Stewart

Johnny Deep (Victor Nefarius)

Catherine Zeta-Jones (Lady Katrana)

Tom Hiddleston (Illidan/Malfurion)

Andy Serkis (CGI Murloc)

Sam Rockwell

Lisa Lampanelli

Michael Dorn (Orc)

Malcolm McDowell
(Malygos human form)

Michael Douglas (Deathwing)

Bridget Regan (Alexstrasza)

Blizzplanet Humble Plea to Legendary Pictures

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Dear Legendary Pictures,

I have been a loyal follower of Legendary Pictures ever since the announcement of the Warcraft film.

I have visited the website often, and witnessed a few layout changes over time — love the new layout by the way.

I followed you on Facebook and Twitter after you created these accounts. Hoping I woud one day see the word “Warcraft” in your updates. Or even see your Facebook page follow the Warcraft facebook page.

We have heard very little about Legendary’s progress with the Warcraft film over the past years. The most recent update was that Sam Raimi had read a short script — and this was a very long time ago.

We, and the millions of fans who wish to watch and cherish your Warcraft film request updates to be seen in your website, twitter and facebook.

Even a photo of Sam Raimi, and everyone involved in the Warcraft film during a meeting would so make fans happy. A tease. A Concept Art. Props photos. Matte painting. Weapons. Anything will do. Updates will make fans not lose hope. It’d be thrilling.

I have heard so very much about the The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) film for a year or longer. Debates on what the main villain might be. Over 5116 news articles. Over 30 production photo updates, countless Facebook / Twitter updates. I have heard so much about that and other films.

When I think about the Warcraft film, I want to feel the same thrill, and feel the assurance that the Warcraft film is a reality, and make me and everyone think: “It’s coming, baby!”.

Hopeful wish echoed by millions of likewise fans.

Medievaldragon the Dreamer
Blizzplanet

**This Letter has been tweeted to @LegendaryEnt. Retweet to join the undersigned.

Warcraft Film Lady Sylvanas Aspirant Michele Morrow Holds Frostmourne [Viral Video]

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The Scream Queen Michele Morrow dubbed so for her acting performances in the horror films genre is known among World of Warcraft fans for her love for the game, but mostly for her untiring desire and resolve to obtain the role of Banshee Queen Lady Sylvanas in the upcoming Legendary Pictures WARCRAFT film directed by Sam Raimi.

I heard Michele Morrow met some Blizzard folks some time ago at BlizzCon 2010, and I have been silently checking her facebook, twitter, and website often for some signs.

Film agents usually suggest actors to get stage combat training, martial arts weapons training, Horse Riding and general weapons training when a particular film audition is in the horizon.

For the role of Lady Sylvanas, Michele Morrow must have all of these skills — which she already has according to her L.A. Casting profile.

Lady Sylvanas was formerly Ranger General of Quel’Thalas, therefore Michele Morrow must take Archery training in the event she auditions for the role. Oh wait, what did I just see in her Facebook? Ain’t that thrilling? Michele Morrow is Archery training!

I am kinda flattered to see two images I fashioned in Photoshop CS4 displayed in her Facebook’s Warcraft gallery. I took a screenshot in-game of Sylvanas, used the lasso tool to cut armor pieces, resized and strapped them on a photo of Michele, and voila. Michele Morrow disguised as Lady Sylvanas. I rushed it in Photoshop for our interview with Michele Morrow last year.

There is a Facebook campaign page titled “Michele Morrow as Lady Sylvanas” with over 2,000 followers who really want Blizzard Entertainment and Sam Raimi to consider Michele Morrow for the role. It’s a phenomena. The WARCRAFT film is still in script stage, and the Scream Queen is getting all sorts of fan support. It seems fans of the Scream Queen actress are even creating freezebees with her photo disguised as Lady Sylvanas to promote the campaign (view photo).

Just recently, Michele Morrow became co-owner of the Foam Weapon League based in California. In this League, fans are encouraged to bring their foam weapons and clash against other players in one on one duels. These are real fights with foam rubber weapons: maces, swords, daggers, etc. Participants wear some fake blood bags attached to vital points of the body. Two broken blood bags means defeat, and the winners earn the glory and acclaim of the audience. Check out their Facebook gallery, and join the Foam Weapon League (FWL) if you have the courage.

Michele Morrow is currently showing off a slo-mo video in YouTube — which is likely going viral — holding a latex Frostmourne sword replica while sporting a defiant pose. Now ain’t that a lovely Lady Sylvanas? Join the “Michele Morrow as Lady Sylvanas” Facebook page. Show your support.

Craigslist TV recently took video of the Foam Weapon League Battle #3 held on March 19th where you can watch Michele Morrow (an FWL owner), and a horde of fans like you battling it out on each other with foam weapons.

Wondercon 2011: Superman Henry Cavill Addicted to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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GamerLive.TV squared an interview with the new Superman actor Henry Cavill at Wondercon 2011. The Superman: Man of Steel film, by director Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch, Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen), will be on theaters December 2012.

Henry Cavill revealed he plays Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, and World of Warcraft. However, he confesses he is addicted to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

GL.TV: What’s your number one video game memory, like your favorite memory growing up?

Cavill: Video game memory? Ugh, that’s a tough one! I think — on the spot — that’s really tough. I couldn’t possibly think of one. I mean, World of Warcraft always sticks on my head, because it’s an addiction.

GL.TV: Are you playing Cataclysm?

Cavill: Cataclysm? Yea, yea. I’m playing. I’m taking a break in the time being, but as soon as I’m getting a chance I’m gonna dive back into it.”

Henry Cavill is currently promoting his upcoming film IMMORTALS. Due to his weapon and fight training for The Tudors and Immortals, currently lifting weights at the gym for the Superman role, his addiction to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and working with Zack Snyder (a director who has developed a few films for Legendary Pictures) — Henry Cavill might be an ideal candidate for the upcoming Warcraft film.

Mila Kunis Close to Getting into WoW Film?

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In past months, Mila Kunis has teased at the Jimmy Kimmel Show and MTV her deep interest in landing a role in the upcoming World of Warcraft film.

It seems Mila Kunis’ wishes are closer than ever to turning into reality with the wave of a magic wand — pun intended.

The internet is abuzz with the word that Sam Raimi is in discussions with Mila Kunis to land a role as the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz the Great and Powerful. That’s epic. Sam Raimi is the director of the World of Warcraft film.

Duncan Jones Interested in World of Warcraft Film

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Devin Faraci from Badass Digest recently chatted with Duncan Jones, director of Moon (2009) and Sourcecode (2011). Duncan admitted to be a hardcore gamer and commented he is jealous of Sam Raimi, the director of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft film — who recently signed in to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful.

The Moon director expressed an interest in directing an adaptation of World of Warcraft.

“I’m hugely jealous of Sam Raimi,” Jones told me. “I really believe World of Warcraft could be the launch of computer games as good films. And from the little I’ve read of interviews with him the way he’s approaching it makes so much sense. It’s what I was talking about – it’s not worrying about how the game plays, it’s about creating the world of the game and investing the audience in that world.”

It’s unlikely for Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment to dismiss Sam Raimi. However, not long ago Sam Raimi departed the Spiderman 4 production, and Sony made the bold decision to reboot the franchise.

Not everything is set in stone when it comes to film productions, and Duncan Jones seems to be eager to be noticed.

photo by David Shankbone

MTV News: Mila Kunis Wants Role in World of Warcraft Film

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Mila Kunis said during a video interview with MTV News that she deleted World of Warcraft from her laptop to keep her addiction to the MMO under control while on the road.

Her World of Warcraft account is still open, and she can play the game at home whenever she wishes, but for traveling purposes she will rather focus on her career commitments. A little bit of self-control ain’t that bad.

The host, Josh Horowitz, asked Mila Kunis if she would join the cast of Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft film. She is totally into that.

“Hell yeah! I would do it, of all things,” she exclaimed and then addressed what type of role she’d want. “I don’t know if I would want to be a big character in it,” she said. “But I would totally want to run around as a little mage. Like a kick-ass mage. With pigtails? Mmmmm… Awesome!”

Along with Mila Kunis, there are other celebrities who have pointed out in public their interest in joining the cast of the upcoming World of Warcraft film: Adrianne Curry, Brandon Routhe, and Michelle Morrow. (links to our interviews with the actors attached)

Brandon Routh and Sam Raimi Discuss Warcraft Film at San Diego Comic Con 2010

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Empire interviewed Hollywood actor Brandon Routh (Superman Returns star) at the San Diego Comic Con 2010 and asked him about the World of Warcraft film.

Brandon Routh admitted he met Sam Raimi at a party a month ago (on June 2010). Both talked about their addictions to playing World of Warcraft, and about Routh’s interest in a role.

“I met Sam Raimi a month ago actually at a party Edgar Wright had, and he was very sweet, very nice, and we talked a little bit about our addictions to Warcraft. We’ll see what happens when they get it up and running.”

My Thoughts:

I have always thought Brandon Routh would do a great Blood Elf, donning some pointy ears. Who knows? He might play the role of Kael’Thas Sunstrider if the script had the character.

For the role of Sylvanas Windrunner, we already heard from Michelle Morrow, during our interview, she was interested in the role.

Production of the World of Warcraft film is still a ways off, but it’s a matter of time before we learn whether any of these actors get their heart’s desire.

Sam Raimi Talks Warcraft Movie at 36th Saturn Awards

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TheCollider had the opportunity to talk with film director Sam Raimi at the red carpet of The 35th Saturn Awards, where mostly he just talked about World of Warcraft. Pretty much the first time since he signed up as the Warcraft movie director (7.21.2009) that he talks this much on this topic.

Among the random topics he talked about we have answers to the recent rumors about The Hobbit and Oz.

  • He loves the script of Oz, the Great and Powerful, but he’s not really committed to it yet.
  • The rumors about The Hobbit are just that: rumors.
  • Raimi loves working creatively with Thomas Tull, a WoW player himself, and Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros.

Sam Raimi: “I’ve been reading scripts, been reading books. I’ve been doing work with Robert Rodat on the treatment for the movie of WORLD OF WARCRAFT, and that’s coming along very well.

The rumors I don’t follow that much, but the reviews, good or bad, I live and die for. I really want people to like the movies, and if they don’t, it’s a real bummer. I’m thrilled when they like them. I don’t follow the rumors too much.

Right now, I’m not really committed to OZ. We’ll have to wait to see how that all goes. I did read it and I love the script and think it’s a great project. It’s something I would like to become involved with.

I love the visual world that the guys over at Blizzard have created. It’s incredibly, engrossingly terrifying and exciting. I like their use of scale and the giant monsters that they have. I love the different landscapes that your character can move through.

I like the personal interactions that you have with other players online. There are so many aspects about the game that I really enjoy. Like the sword battles, the performing spells. Learning new spells, getting to the next level.

We’re still working on the story right now. We have a 40-page document that needs more work. But every draft gets better and better. We’re finding the characters, and through the characters we’re finding the story. And the angle, there is no real angle on it. We’re trying to create realistic characters that can live in the world of WARCRAFT, as though you were in the game itself, in one of its environments, and have that interaction with those great mythical, iconic characters.

There are so many characters in the game that we’re really trying to pull out the most exciting and different characters of the game. It’s so overwhelming. It’s a real big universe. There are so many worlds, in fact, and characters, I don’t think we could touch on them all satisfactorily.

So we are trying to choose the characters that are interesting, and play a part in our drama that we’re developing.

I had a level 29 shaman that somebody deleted by accident. Now I’ve worked a new character all the way up to level 72. That’s how big of a fan I am. I’ve spent that many days in the world of Warcraft.

The studio is very enthusiastic. It’s Legendary Pictures. Tomas Tull is running Legendary. He’s a great fan of the game itself. He really produces good-quality pictures, and he wants to make a top-quality movie. That’s his only concern. So he’s very excited about the process. I love working with him.

I really love working with World of Warcraft. It’s still a long ways away. It’s only a 40-pages story. I really want to direct the picture, but it’s possible that a film that is ready to make could come in. I mean, I haven’t seen it yet. I love making movies. The development process is a little less interesting to me, but it’s something you have to do if you want to start something from scratch. That’s what we did with World of Warcraft.”


Warcraft Film or Oz the Great and Powerful? Sam Raimi’s Dilemma

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Recent speculation circled around the web after Guillermo del Toro left The Hobbit’s director’s seat. Sam Raimi was interested in that film back on 2007, according to an interview by EW Online. Chances are now that Guillermo del Toro stepped down, he might give it a thought.

However, just out of the oven, The Vulture Blog (New York Magazine) claims to have inner knowledge that Sam Raimi was approached to direct Oz, the Great and Powerful, a Disney film written by Mitchell Kapner and produced by Joe Roth.

It is unclear if Sam Raimi will accept Disney’s proposal.

WarCraft Film Stuck in Script Phase

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Chris Metzen told VG247 the WarCraft film script is basically a work in progress, so don’t expect to watch it at a cinema any time soon. Boo aside, the Vice-president of Creative Development wants the story to feel right and to leverage expectations of those who have played WarCraft games.

On the bright side, fans can tell from experience that when a Blizzard game takes long in the making and goes to several iterations, the end product is worth the wait. If the father of the WarCraft mythos wants the film’s story to be the best it can possibly be, then we can wait and trust him. You can read two more questions about the WarCraft film here.

Blizzard Quote:
Are you spending a considerable amount of time on the Sam Raimi-directed Warcraft film?

Chris Metzen: I wouldn’t say “considerable” at all just yet. We’ve been through a number of story meetings, and we’re still kind of getting it together with Raimi and his team and jamming on themes that we want to chase. We’re kinda getting a lot of values together – what kind of story we want to tell, what do we want people to feel, what is the best way to look at this big franchise. We had had some script iterations previous to Raimi coming on board that were cool, that had some really good bits – sometimes a little too overcooked or a little too undercooked. We’re still trying to feel out that space, so as he came in he wanted to have fresh eyes and look at the content of Warcraft in such a way as to dig out what will most people feel: “Oh, I get it, that matches my expectations when I played.”

You can aim the camera in a hundred different directions in a place like Warcraft so it’s kind of finding that right one. But in terms of division of time, or whatever, it doesn’t take up a tremendous amount of time these days. It’s really just strategic phone calls or strategic meetings from time to time until things really get moving on the Hollywood side.