Pixar Visits Blizzard Entertainment

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

    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

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]

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

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.

Sucker Punch and Warcraft Film

Sucker Punch is in theaters now, apparently not doing so great in the box office with only $19 millions, and a plethora of criticism. Mostly due to the narrative story, and the lack of a logical story.

On the other hand, it has amazing CGI, and battle scenes. Elements all fantasy and sci-fi viewers love in a movie.

Now, you might think — wait, this is a Blizzard fansite, why are we reading about some silly movie titled Sucker Punch?

Sucker Punch is directed by Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen). For those who live under a rock, the Warcraft Film is to be produced by Legendary Pictures. Sucker Punch is their project. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures co-financed Sucker Punch which cost $75 million to produce.

Storywise, Warcraft shouldn’t suffer the story issues surrounding Sucker Punch. Blizzard VP of Creative Design, Chris Metzen, is on the driver seat when it comes to the film’s storyline script. As with anything developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the story script has to be as perfect and quality polished as possible before Sam Raimi and Robert Rodat get the cameras rolling.

Instead of criticizing Sucker Punch’s lunacy of a script, let’s see how Legendary Pictures and Zack Snyder wrap the fantasy and sci-fi scenery around the story.

A glimpse into the movie trailer gives you an overall idea of what to expect in Sucker Punch. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, the trailer will help you fill in the blanks. It is action packed with battle scenes, destruction and mayhem. Epic visual input from Fantasy scene to Sci-Fi scene, back and forth — lacking a coherent story or sense.

The Warcraft film won’t be your Lord of the Rings quest-like type of movie. It will be mostly an Alliance versus the Horde epic battle with a story tapestry to give it the World of Warcraft flavor and shape.

Sadly, Zack Snyder and the “300” element ain’t behind the Warcraft film; but we have Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead), Screenplayer Rober Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), Producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Executive Producer Robert Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess, The Evil Dead, Timecop), and Chris Metzen to take the challenge not only of taking up the heavy-weight of recreating all the races, characters and vivid locations of Azeroth, and shatter all the expectations fans have built up over six years; but to actually reign supreme in the box office.

Sucker Punch and other recent pop culture movies have really gotten a beat up from critics, and a world of hurt at the box office when compared to other current competitors. Hopefully, we’ll see the Warcraft film surpass all these obstacles.

Some of the reviews I have read so far (some might have spoilers, though they are kind to label it so if there’s any):

Mila Kunis Close to Getting into WoW Film?

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

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

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)

Sam Raimi Chooses Oz the Great and Powerful

After Spider-man 4 was canceled and Sam Raimi departed its production, rumors went left and right that the director would begin work on the World of Warcraft film as his next project.

However, the Deadline website reports Sam Raimi officially took the director’s seat of Oz the Great and Powerful, leaving the World of Warcraft film in hiatus.

A few months ago, Sam Raimi revealed he had read the 40 pages script of the Warcraft film. The script is still in early stages after going through a few iterations.

Blizzard Entertainment wants this film to meet its fans’ expectations, and theirs. Deadline speculates the Warcraft film might come out around 2012 if Raimi works on the Oz film first.

Rob Pardo Envisions James Cameron on Starcraft Film

Rob Pardo told MTV that Blizzard Entertainment has always wanted to bring its franchises to the silver screen, but they first need to find the right production team.

Rob Pardo thinks a Starcraft film could be possible with someone like James Cameron leading the project. He is currently involved in the sequel to the box office success Avatar. Check it out at MTV.

Blizzard Quote:
“We’ve always had an interest in seeing our stuff on film or TV. It’s just tricky to find the right partners. We probably could have made a [‘StarCraft’] movie or something on TV years and years ago, but it’s really important to us that we find creative people that are really talented but also really excited about our properties. That’s always been the challenge for us. I think if Jim Cameron came to us tomorrow and said, ‘You want to make a ‘StarCraft’ movie?’ we’d probably sign that.”

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

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

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

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

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.

Warcraft film won’t roll cameras yet

There has been quite a lot of buzz around the net that Sam Raimi might direct the revamped film adaptation of The Shadow. It was a crime-fighting vigilante radio drama back in the 1930s featured in comic books, newspaper comic strips, television and videogames.

Last time this character appeared on the big screen was with Alec Baldwin in 1994. Sam Raimi has wanted the rights of The Shadow since late 1980s, but things didn’t work out. Thus he created a film in 1990 which resembled The Shadow. He directed Darkman.

The film websites around the net have gone red alert with speculation that Sam Raimi will direct this The Shadow film. This fits with what Robert Tapert said earlier. That Sam Raimi might take on a small film. According to Robert Tapert, the Warcraft film is still in the outline/story/script phase.

Source: IESB

Warcraft Film: Gary Whitta talks about his former scrapped script

GamePro interviewed Gary Whitta to discuss his recent film The Book of Eli. The interview shed a short comment about Gary Whitta’s involvement as writer of the Warcraft Film prior to Sam Raimi signing as its director. Gary’s script was scrapped, and the new script and plot is unknown at the moment. Blizzard, Legendary, Robert Rodat and Sam Raimi have been silent and haven’t offered any hints on what the new story is all about. Read the full here.

GamePro: Did you find it challenging taking the massive universe of Warcraft and turning it into a movie script?

Gary Whitta: I had fun working on the Warcraft movie’s script — and I should state that I don’t think they’re making my version of it. Since Sam Raimi (Spider-Man series, Evil Dead series) came on, he decided he wanted to go in a very different direction creatively

As far as Warcraft was concerned, I actually saw that as an opportunity rather than a problem. Often times when you have games that tell very specific stories, you’re just following the story and the narrative is somewhat in place. You have to take some license with it, but it’s almost like painting by numbers. I had fun working on the Warcraft movie’s script — and I should state that I don’t think they’re making my version of it. Since Sam Raimi (Spider-Man series, Evil Dead series) came on, he decided he wanted to go in a very different direction creatively and they’re probably exploring something else now. But the script I worked on looked at the whole Warcraft universe as a very rich playground from which we can concoct almost any story we wanted. So I actually really liked having the latitude to kind of go off in almost any direction we wanted because we weren’t being given a story.

TCA 2010: Tapert Confirms Warcraft Film in Script Phase

It’s been a week since SONY announced Sam Raimi’s departure from the Spider-man 4 production, and expectations have been the director might tackle the World of Warcraft film as his next project. There has been no word from Sam Raimi on what he is gonna work next.

On the other side of the coin, IF Magazine caught up with Robert Tapert (Warcraft film executive producer) at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Edition to find out what the status of the Warcraft film is in relation to Sam Raimi’s freedom from the Spider-man 4 commitment.

While he didn’t want to speak for Sam Raimi or put words on his mouth, Robert Tapert admited the Warcraft film is in fact in production on a very early stage:

“It

Legendary Pictures Leaked Warcraft Film Placeholder Page?

A few years ago, I reported a glitch in the system on the Legendary Pictures website where the word Diablo appeared under the “Upcoming Projects” section. I contacted several gaming sites to let them know, and it echoed all around the web. However, the Diablo listing was removed in less than 24 hours after all the attention it got.

Oddly, the Hollywood Reporter claimed Gary Whitta was working on a Diablo film for Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment.

No explanation was ever given whether it was a mistake. Was there truely a Diablo film in their plans? Or did the webmaster make a mistake? We might never know, or at least not for a long time. Legendary Pictures nor Blizzard Entertainment did never issue a press release announcing a Diablo film. It would be awesome, regardless.

At least, Mike Morhaime admited to Gamespot during the 2007 Austin Game Developers Conference that Starcraft and Diablo are strong enough worlds to be made into films.

Within weeks of the Diablo film listing / delisting incident, the Legendary Pictures website underwent some maintenance and converted the HTML layout to a Flash template. Ever since, I have camped the site visiting it daily, multiple times at different random day/night shifts … for the past two years. Yea, I’m a freako like that.

A few days ago, before I posted the interviews with actress Michele Morrow, I noticed a change in the Legendary Pictures website that granted some attention.

I have seen movies listed in the Upcoming Titles, now renamed to Coming Soon, come and go as they hit the big screen and the box office: The Dark Knight, 10,000 B.C., The Watchmen, Observe & Report, and lastly The Hang Over.

The last two projects on queue: The Clash of the Titans and Warcraft.

Well, a few days ago The Clash of the Titans was moved from the “Coming Soon” section to the “Current” section. This caught my attention. Especially because the coming soon section was now empty; and the next film on queue is naturally: Warcraft.

The Clash of the Titans page is now active with a video trailer which you can watch here. It’s amazing!

As I kept watch on the Legendary Pictures website, I was curious to see the Coming Soon section empty. Then something unexpected happened. As I hovered my mouse upon the Coming Soon text, and clicked on the text itself, I was accidentally forwarded to … a Warcraft film placeholder page filled with ipsum lorem.

I made sure to take a screenshot as evidence, because I knew last time they removed the Diablo link and I wouldn’t have evidence. So there you go folks. Legendary Pictures has a placeholder page for the Warcraft film, and all of this happened within the past 5-6 days, coincidental with the recent events where Sam Raimi departed Sony’s Spider-man 4 production — as reported on January 7.

As of yesterday, Clash of the Titans was moved back from the Current section, back to the Coming Soon section. And the Warcraft film placeholder page has vanished. These pages are there to display story synopsis, photos, video trailer and wallpapers. Thus, it’s food for curiosity to see a Warcraft film placeholder page pop-in and out of existence, don’t you think?

Sam Raimi Leaves Spider-man 4!!! Warcraft Film in the Horizon?

A few days ago, I informed the Spider-man 4 shooting meant to take place on March 2010 had been postponed; and speculated Sam Raimi might start work on the Warcraft film. One of the ideal situations I mentioned for the Warcraft film to go “max speed ahead” was if Sam Raimi abandoned production altogether of the Spider-man 4 film.

Guess what? Deadline Hollywood has reported that Sony will reboot the Spider-man franchise with a new director and new actors, thus Sam Raimi is no longer working on the film. In short, there is a very good chance he starts work on the Warcraft film anytime during the next few months.

We will stay alert for further news on this thrilling project helmed by Sam Raimi (director), Robert Rodat (screenplay), Chris Metzen (co-producer/writer), Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment.

Thanks, Wow.com