Sam Raimi to Direct 'World of Warcraft' Movie Adaptation


Sam Raimi has signed in to direct the "Warcraft: The Movie", a big screen adaptation of online game "World of Warcraft". The news was first reported by AICN before then confirmed by Variety. It has been said Raimi will supervise the development of the live-action film and begin its shooting after he completes work on "Spider-Man 4", which may start production in early 2010.


Raimi, who most recently directed "Drag Me to Hell", has made a little statement of what his upcoming film is going to be. "At its core, 'Warcraft' is a fantastic, action-packed story," he said. Beside directing the movie, Raimi will also serve as the producer alongside Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull and Joshua Donen under Warner Bros. Pictures banner.


"Warcraft" itself has been developed for few years by Legendary Pictures and the publisher of the video game version Blizzard Entertainment. Producer Thomas Tull previously has mentioned that the studio aims a PG-13 rating for this movie.


Adapted from "World of Warcraft", a Blizzard Entertainment's video game franchise, "Warcraft" would take place about a year before the events in "World of Warcraft" take place. It was also said that the film will be told from the Alliance perspective. Though without any line-up for the cast, Warner Bros. has projected a 2011 release for the movie.


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