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Sam Raimi Names 'Warcraft' Screenwriter

Sam Raimi divulged a little bit of information about the highly anticipated World of Warcraft movie adaptation during a phone interview last week with MTV. In addition to laying out a general blueprint for how the movie will operate, he always named a screenwriter.

Robert Rodat - best known for his Saving Private Ryan screenplay - will write the script for the film, which will just be called Warcraft. What we won't get is a familiar story, but rather a concept that works as a movie within the, well, world of Warcraft.

"We want to be really faithful to the game. We would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a World of WarCraft adventure. Only obviously it's very different 'cause it's expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture."

Raimi adds that there are "touchstones" within the games, things that absolutely have to be included for the film to appease hardcore fans, but this statement tells us that the director understands that Warcraft can't just exist as it is and be a great film.

It's been true of every video game so far, and Warcraft presents an even bigger hurdle because of how many diehard acolytes the game has.

Reader Comments (4)

I hope this movie has a lot of woodchopping and golddigging.

Monday, October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTjei

HA Tjei ! there is no wood chopping in World of Warcraft!
Your thinking of Warcraft the RTS that the MMORPG are based on.

Fans are whiny complaining idiots who want the world, make a movie based in the universe and tell a good story, then sneak in your fan easter eggs where you can. I prefer a good movie to a Fan wank fest.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOrinn

I prefer a good movie as well, but if you don't have things from that world (the cities, the MAIN chars in some form) whats the freaking point then? I get you can't have too much, just because there are 11 million paying accounts doesn't mean every joe blow and his kids will go see this thing.

FYI, there is quite a bit of woodchopping and gold digging...just by npcs :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhitewolf2k3

Well, this is worth the wait I believe. Sam Raimi is a good director since he gives me reason to watch out for Spiderman so I guess Warcraft will be good as well. If ever the movie launches, it would be the best time to take a break from grinding wow gold or raiding.

Friday, October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhad

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