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MrWally
07-22-2009, 03:41 PM
http://www.wow.com/2009/07/21/sam-raimi-to-direct-wow-movie/


Okay, so Spiderman 3 aside, I'd say Raimi is a pretty decent pick. Warcraft is certainly filled with dark, quirky humor, which we all know Raimi is excellent with (seen most recently in Drag Me to Hell and, less recently, Evil Dead), and looking at the first Spiderman film he definitely works well with source material.

While it would have been neat to see a Peter Jackson or Guillermo del Toro behind a film like this, it's definitely a better outcome than seeing Uwe Boll's name up there.

Anyone know any more details on this? Like whether it is going to follow the storyline of Arthas? Or perhaps Thrall? There was a cartoon done about Thrall a few years back, but I never saw it and it didn't get much acclaim.



Also: The article says "WoW" movie. I believe it's not WoW specific, but rather a "Warcraft" film.

I should probably add that I don't play WoW, but I've played Warcraft every since Orcs and Humans back in the mid 90s.

Boba Rhett
07-22-2009, 03:52 PM
What the hell is Warcraft?

CommanderQ
07-22-2009, 03:56 PM
How exactly do you make a movie out of an MMO? Let alone a WoW MMO....it sounds impossible to do, and be successful. It'd be like creating a Sims movie...

I'm thinking this will be a flop:D

Totenkopf
07-22-2009, 03:56 PM
The source of all things evil (ie WoW). :p Remember, Boba....the intranetz are your friend. :xp:

Kjølen
07-22-2009, 04:21 PM
LEEEEEEEEEEERROOOOOOOOOOOOY JEEEEEEEEENNNNKKKIIIIIIINNNNSSS!

Pho3nix
07-22-2009, 04:24 PM
What the hell is Warcraft?
I hope you're being sarcastic.
How exactly do you make a movie out of an MMO? Let alone a WoW MMO....it sounds impossible to do, and be successful. It'd be like creating a Sims movie...

I'm thinking this will be a flop:D
:ugh:

World of Warcraft isn't the only game set in the Warcraft universe.

--

Personally, I don't have *high* hopes, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.

Boba Rhett
07-22-2009, 04:27 PM
What the hell is sarcastic?

CommanderQ
07-22-2009, 04:30 PM
:ugh:

World of Warcraft isn't the only game set in the Warcraft universe.



True, there are several other games in that universe. Still, whether it be WoW or any other of their games, the franchise would probably only be truly successful in gaming, not as a motion picture. Typically, most movies based on video games fail pretty terribly, it seems.

Pie™
07-22-2009, 06:42 PM
What the hell is Warcraft?

Verily, good sir, it is a tale of nubile beauts™ and brutish orcs™, of heroism™ and struggles™! http://eng101.net/images/9/96/Eng101small.gif

RoxStar
07-22-2009, 06:55 PM
Dabu?

Kain
07-22-2009, 07:51 PM
Uwe Boll

Never...ever....E------------VER say that name again.

MrWally
07-22-2009, 07:56 PM
But then "He who shall not be named" would get confusing with you-know-who.


As for the movie, I'm pretty surprised that people here don't realize there were 5 highly successful and acclaimed Warcraft titles released before World of Warcraft. There's actually quite a bit of backstory to the series, and there are several highly developed characters (some with whole a who series of books devoted to them), so I could see a movie doing pretty well.

What would be awesome, though, would be if Blizzard's studios were to create a feature-length Warcraft film made entirely from CGI. That's something I could definitely support. The thought of a live-action Warcraft film scares me.

Dabu?

Zug Zug!

Pie™
07-22-2009, 07:59 PM
It'll just be whorecraft with less nudity.

BongoBob
07-22-2009, 08:40 PM
FOR THE HORDE!

leXX
07-22-2009, 09:15 PM
LEEEEEEEEEEERROOOOOOOOOOOOY JEEEEEEEEENNNNKKKIIIIIIINNNNSSS!

At least I've got chicken.

There are Warcraft books (like Wally said) and manga, so I don't see why a film is such a strange idea. Done right, it could actually be quite good.

Hallucination
07-22-2009, 09:59 PM
I was hoping they'd give Uwe Boll a chance to redeem himself. =/

IIRC, the movie takes place around the Second War/game, but don't quote me on that.

Kjølen
07-22-2009, 10:20 PM
I was hoping they'd give Uwe Boll a chance to redeem himself. =/

Uwe Boll doesn't want to redeem himself. Have you ever heard him talk about his movies and the movies of other directors? He's a douchebag who is convinced that he's the **** and that everyone else are just amateurs who don't recognize his awesome work.

Kain
07-22-2009, 10:49 PM
Next person who so much as thinks of that 'man' is getting a sledgehammer rammed sideways in a place they'd rather not have a sledgehammer at all...

Darth Avlectus
07-22-2009, 11:38 PM
Whoa. A Warcraft movie? This sounds interesting on the one hand, on the other nearly any game made into a movie kind of ate sh*t. This one requires no explanation.

Sam Raimi? Never heard of him. But I wish the dude all the luck in the world in his endeavor.

MrWally
07-23-2009, 02:36 AM
Check out his Imdb:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000600/


Also: Holy Sh*t! 21 movies in development?! That's ridiculous. Sam Raimi must be one busy man.

BongoBob
07-23-2009, 02:40 AM
Every other video game company, I can see honestly not caring as long as they make a bit of money.

Blizzard, however, while they do care about money (see WoW), they also deeply care about all of their franchises, and don't see them allowing this to be totally f***ed up.

All I want to know is what side it follows, cause honestly, the horde races have absolutely amazing lore compared to the alliance races.

IG-64
07-23-2009, 04:25 PM
All I want to know is what side it follows, cause honestly, the horde races have absolutely amazing lore compared to the alliance races.
Apparently it's from an alliance perspective. http://warcraft.moviechronicles.com/2007-08/warcraft-movie-at-blizzcon-2007

BongoBob
07-23-2009, 04:33 PM
Apparently it's from an alliance perspective. http://warcraft.moviechronicles.com/2007-08/warcraft-movie-at-blizzcon-2007

That's horrible. But that's also from 2007 so lets hope that it's wrong >.> <.<

Hallucination
07-23-2009, 04:55 PM
That's horrible. But that's also from 2007 so lets hope that it's wrong >.> <.<
If I'm reading this right, you're saying you want Blizzard to go green?

BongoBob
07-23-2009, 05:19 PM
If I'm reading this right, you're saying you want Blizzard to go green?

If by "Go Green" you mean go Orc with it, then yes. I feel the Orcs have the absolute best lore and possibilities.

MrWally
07-23-2009, 05:26 PM
Personally, I think that a film from the Alliance point of view isn't that bad. I'm guessing it would follow one of two storylines: Arthas, or the original invasion of Orcs through the Dark Portal.

A story from the perspective of humans about humans would definitely play well to a, well, human audience. And hey, is it possible that if it DOES follow the story from the first two games that we could see some political parallels with America and Terrorism (sorry, I'm a sucker for things like that in my movies. It's probably why I liked Dark Knight so much).

Then, since we all know Raimi likes sequels, if the first one is a hit, then by all means I would hope that his sequel is the story of Thrall.

Boba Rhett
07-23-2009, 05:48 PM
Anyone got a link to a recap of the general WoW storyline? I've stayed as far away from it as humanly possible but I would like to know what the movie could possibly be about.

Jeff
07-23-2009, 05:53 PM
Anyone got a link to a recap of the general WoW storyline? I've stayed as far away from it as humanly possible but I would like to know what the movie could possibly be about.The official site (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/index.html) has a great section on the history and lore of Warcraft.

I hope it's good, I love the Warcraft universe. I wouldn't mind either faction to be the main focus. Also, I agree with Wally, a CG movie would be amazing. Check out some of Blizzard's past cinematic trailers if you need proof of this.

RoxStar
07-23-2009, 06:10 PM
Also: Holy Sh*t! 21 movies in development?! That's ridiculous. Sam Raimi must be one busy man.

21 Spiderman 3's!

Darth Avlectus
07-24-2009, 12:29 PM
@BongoBob: That IS the major hope with any film, that it won't be completely ****ed up. Even though I only played the warcraft home games and am not what you'd call die hard fan, I still have my hopes upon it being a good movie; I mean that when you compare it to everything else of similr theme/genre.

It stands an okay chance, but b/c it is based on a game and we know how it usually pans out for this sorta deal, I never get my hopes up about this kinda thing. Low expectations=can't really be disappointed. That's all.


Check out his Imdb:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000600/


Also: Holy Sh*t! 21 movies in development?! That's ridiculous. Sam Raimi must be one busy man.
Thanks Wally. :)

On top of filming a show series no less. Wonder why I ain't heard of him 'till now.

Pie™
07-24-2009, 12:32 PM
The best part of this is that we might get to see Bruce Campbell show up as an orc.

Anthony
07-24-2009, 02:37 PM
A warcraft movie?

Oh for gods sakes

Q
07-24-2009, 10:01 PM
Uwe Boll doesn't want to redeem himself. Have you ever heard him talk about his movies and the movies of other directors? He's a douchebag who is convinced that he's the **** and that everyone else are just amateurs who don't recognize his awesome work.
He's a gawdawful director, yes, but his luring the founder of SA into the ring and legally beating the **** out him was ****ing epic. He's obviously got a brain, even if he can't direct. :D

OT: If it's Raimi, it's got a shot at being watchable. I purposefully skipped Spiderman 3 because I liked the first 2 and didn't want to ruin it.

jon_hill987
07-25-2009, 04:05 AM
Will it be like LotR but instead of a quest to destroy The One Ring it will be a quest to kill 20 Boar? Seriously how do you turn a grindfeast into a film?

BongoBob
07-25-2009, 05:28 AM
Will it be like LotR but instead of a quest to destroy The One Ring it will be a quest to kill 20 Boar? Seriously how do you turn a grindfeast into a film?

You're the reason we have hurricanes.

Pie™
07-25-2009, 08:01 AM
it will be a quest to kill 20 Boar?

Not gonna lie, I'd watch the **** out of this.

IG-64
07-25-2009, 09:06 AM
Not gonna lie, I'd watch the **** out of this.
Get Genndy Tartakovsky on that and it'll be a masterpiece.

Kain
07-25-2009, 01:56 PM
Will it be like LotR but instead of a quest to destroy The One Ring it will be a quest to kill 20 Boar? Seriously how do you turn a grindfeast into a film?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcraft_series

Your post = fail.

Jan Gaarni
07-25-2009, 05:04 PM
As far as we know of this movie, it's set 1 year or so before the events of WoW. It'll be told from the Alliance side of the struggle, and Thrall will be in it.
That's all we know so far.

As for wether it will flop or not, considering who is behind the franchise (Blizzard, who's trackrecord speaks for themself) and the vast amount of history for that universe, and Uwe Boll isn't getting anywhere near this thing, which I gather is a very good thing :p , I'd say this movie has a very good chance of succeeding.

There's more, much more, to Warcraft then WoW.
Besides the games that started it all back in 1994 and onwards, there's a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more.

Here's the Blizzard press-release on the subject: http://www.blizzard.com/us/press/090721.html

Boba Rhett
07-25-2009, 05:12 PM
The best part of this is that we might get to see Bruce Campbell show up as an orc.



Ticket boughted.

MrWally
07-26-2009, 04:48 AM
There's more, much more, to Warcraft then WoW.
Besides the games that started it all back in 1994 and onwards, there's a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more.


Thank you. More people need to understand this.

I have a Warcraft book and a Thrall action figure sitting next to my desk.

>.>
<.<

MrWally
07-26-2009, 12:38 PM
The best part of this is that we might get to see Bruce Campbell show up as an orc.

He could actually really pull it off well.

Jan Gaarni
07-27-2009, 11:52 AM
Ticket boughted.

Finished reading about the history of Warcraft, Rhett? :)

Darth Groovy
07-31-2009, 04:48 AM
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