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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Give us Sam Raimi's Warcraft next!

01.26.2010

...give us WARCRAFT next Raimi!
by J.A. Hamilton

Thus far the new year hasnít been kind with news like last weekís Spider-Man column and Iím not too keen on the CONAN news either but weíll save that for later as more details emerge. So what I need is some good news and I have just the push for that direction. Sam Raimi may have made an enemy or two with SPIDER-MAN 3 but he was soon forgiven after this past summerís DRAG ME TO HELL. Well I say letís keep going on a high note straight into the live action WARCRAFT movie. Raimi knows his stuff, and after successfully delivering on the horror goods, the comic book goods and even the western goods (THE QUICK AND THE DEAD if you didnít know), Iím confident he can tackle the world of Azeroth.


WARCRAFT 3 is the perfect place to start

For those of you unfamiliar with WARCRAFT Iíll try to sum it up as briefly and accurately as possible. There are two factions at war: THE HORDE, consisting mostly of refined Orcs, Undead and Blood Elves and then THE ALLIANCE, consisting mostly of Humans, Night Elves and Dwarfs. There is hours of lore, religion and history fueling this feud creating an endless supply of direction for adventure. Add to that; castles, dungeons, magic and an unprecedented character design system with mind blowing weapons and armor that may very well set a new standard for Fantasy movies if done correctly, and thatís just the icing on the cake.


You can't go wrong with Arthas

When I originally read that the storyline would be centered upon the Alliance faction I was a tad disappointed (considering Iíve always played on the Horde side), but in retrospect it makes sense as newcomers will relate to humans and their struggles more so than Orcs or Undead (sorry Thrall). Now I say open up with a historical monologue like the initial WORLD OF WARCRAFT game does explaining the situation on an easy level leading into a nice bit of all out action like the intro to FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. Then Iíd like to see them go straight into the war from the perspective of my favorite character Arthas Menethil, Prince of Lordaeron and Knight of Silver Hand. Arthas is the perfect anti-hero and his story will not disappoint.


Illidan is one of many badass characters

To do this Raimi would be smart to follow the storyline of WARCRAFT 3, which would be fine as the first two games didnít really go into much detail story wise. With the lands at war Arthas will do anything to protect his people, and when the battle looks itís bleakest, a desperate Arthas takes up a journey to find the cursed blade known as Frostmourne. This is a powerfully compelling storyline and would also give them the opportunity of explaining Lady Sylvanas Windrunnerís fall to darkness and even introduce Illidan Stormrage for a sequel down the road. The games have provided us with rich characters and emotionally driven plots that will pull audiences in by the boatload. But again, attention to detail is key.


Frostmourne hungers...

Blizzard Entertainment created an intensely immersive world in WARCRAFT. Sure, these games arenít for everyone and I donít need to remind or be reminded of how well game to movie translations usually go, but I canít see Blizzard not attaching a straightforward (and explicitly specific clause) in Raimiís contract stipulating that they reserve the right to final say on the script (as well as the right to sell his wife and kids into slavery if he f*cks it up). At the end of the day I trust Blizzard and I have faith in Raimiís skills, so with that said WARCRAFT is a surefire way for Raimi to jump back into a tent pole series that by all means is ripe with potential. The games cover hours of storyline and as a result some fans wonít be satisfied no matter what, but if Raimi puts his thinking cap on and commits to this full throttle, weíll be in for one hell of a ride.
Extra Tidbit: So I guess the only question on my mind other than what's been mentioned is who would be right for the role of Arthas? My first choice would be Sean Bean, because he's the man.
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:28PM on 02/02/2010
Alexander SkarsgŚrd for Arthas.. or maybe Sam could pull Franco with him, if he bulked up a bit
Alexander SkarsgŚrd for Arthas.. or maybe Sam could pull Franco with him, if he bulked up a bit
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12:52AM on 01/28/2010
I love Sam, but would so rather see him go back to horror than WOW. However, there are few things involving Sam Raimi that will make me select the "bad idea" option. ...still... would rather see horror.

-Endless Meghan
I love Sam, but would so rather see him go back to horror than WOW. However, there are few things involving Sam Raimi that will make me select the "bad idea" option. ...still... would rather see horror.

-Endless Meghan
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4:28PM on 01/27/2010

Warhammer

"Blizzard Entertainment created an intensely immersive world in WARCRAFT"

Well, if by created you meant ripped off "Warhammer" entirely, then you'd be on the right track.

Blizzard pilfered just about everything from the Warhammer Universe, even the lead artist from Games Workshop, Mark Gibbons.

A Warhammer movie would be much better. Much more story and background with the Warhammer universe.
"Blizzard Entertainment created an intensely immersive world in WARCRAFT"

Well, if by created you meant ripped off "Warhammer" entirely, then you'd be on the right track.

Blizzard pilfered just about everything from the Warhammer Universe, even the lead artist from Games Workshop, Mark Gibbons.

A Warhammer movie would be much better. Much more story and background with the Warhammer universe.
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12:25PM on 01/27/2010

wow

Wow, that kid looks pretty upset dude.

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Wow, that kid looks pretty upset dude.

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1:51AM on 01/27/2010
Sam Raimi and WarCraft would be an awesome match up that I'd be salivating for. Thank goodness he's off Spiderman so he can work on good non-sequel work. Drag Me To Hell (which was fun, but not the earth-shattering film it was made out to be) proved that Raimi's gotten even better as a filmmaker and this with Avatar's technology would make one killer fantasy flick.
Sam Raimi and WarCraft would be an awesome match up that I'd be salivating for. Thank goodness he's off Spiderman so he can work on good non-sequel work. Drag Me To Hell (which was fun, but not the earth-shattering film it was made out to be) proved that Raimi's gotten even better as a filmmaker and this with Avatar's technology would make one killer fantasy flick.
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1:20AM on 01/27/2010
I hate the game with a passion (that might have to do with the ex ignoring me in order to play said game) but I honestly did not find it all that interesting, and i can't say I want to see a film about it. However Raimi is probably the right dude for this to give it a chance at being some what faithful for the fans.
I hate the game with a passion (that might have to do with the ex ignoring me in order to play said game) but I honestly did not find it all that interesting, and i can't say I want to see a film about it. However Raimi is probably the right dude for this to give it a chance at being some what faithful for the fans.
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9:16PM on 01/26/2010
there is tons of potential in the warcraft universe for a great movie. i just think they should give all their money to the people that do the in-game CGI's and let THEM do it.
there is tons of potential in the warcraft universe for a great movie. i just think they should give all their money to the people that do the in-game CGI's and let THEM do it.
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8:42PM on 01/26/2010
Hell yeah! This would be a great way to get a new fantasy series going and Sean Bean would totally rock as Arthas!
Hell yeah! This would be a great way to get a new fantasy series going and Sean Bean would totally rock as Arthas!
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4:26PM on 01/26/2010

@ NO_FUN

Are you seriously trying to compare a parody on the GAME PLAY of WoW to what a movie based on the LORE of the games could be? Nice one.

But anyways this sounds great and there is so much to adapt that they could do several movies. Personally though i'd like to see at least some of the movie take place in one of the Epic raids like Molten Core.
Are you seriously trying to compare a parody on the GAME PLAY of WoW to what a movie based on the LORE of the games could be? Nice one.

But anyways this sounds great and there is so much to adapt that they could do several movies. Personally though i'd like to see at least some of the movie take place in one of the Epic raids like Molten Core.
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8:42PM on 01/26/2010
Molten Core would be fun to watch.
Molten Core would be fun to watch.
12:33AM on 01/27/2010
Come on, doesn't a WoW film based on several "loot drops" and a couple UPS quests sound like fun? To create suspense in the film, it car start at the auction house, and at the end, we get to find out how much the item sold for...
Come on, doesn't a WoW film based on several "loot drops" and a couple UPS quests sound like fun? To create suspense in the film, it car start at the auction house, and at the end, we get to find out how much the item sold for...
8:36AM on 01/27/2010
@ mugwomp

My god, again someone makes the assumption the fucking movie would have ANYTHING to with the game play or mechanics of the game and not the fucking STORY and LORE which this game is based in. Really? i mean come on ppl think about this shit.
@ mugwomp

My god, again someone makes the assumption the fucking movie would have ANYTHING to with the game play or mechanics of the game and not the fucking STORY and LORE which this game is based in. Really? i mean come on ppl think about this shit.
1:50PM on 01/26/2010
Alexander Skarsgard as Arthas.
Alexander Skarsgard as Arthas.
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1:26PM on 01/26/2010
My husband plays WoW and loves it. I don't play it but it does look interesting and would no doubt make a pretty good movie.
My husband plays WoW and loves it. I don't play it but it does look interesting and would no doubt make a pretty good movie.
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12:58PM on 01/26/2010
This looks like one of the better game to movie ideas in a long time,I can't wait to see it.
This looks like one of the better game to movie ideas in a long time,I can't wait to see it.
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12:28PM on 01/26/2010
I'm not a big fan of video games but Warcraft looks the part and I love Fantasy movies so like you said if done right we could have a blockbuster on our hands.
I'm not a big fan of video games but Warcraft looks the part and I love Fantasy movies so like you said if done right we could have a blockbuster on our hands.
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1:27PM on 01/26/2010
I'm with you on this one.
I'm with you on this one.
11:54AM on 01/26/2010
As a huge fan of both Sam Raimi and the Warcraft series (Sans WoW, MMO's bore the shit out of me), I concur. This NEEDS to happen!
As a huge fan of both Sam Raimi and the Warcraft series (Sans WoW, MMO's bore the shit out of me), I concur. This NEEDS to happen!
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11:53AM on 01/26/2010

Oh heeell naw!

I agree with most of the C'mon Hollywoods, but do we really need another video games movie?
I agree with most of the C'mon Hollywoods, but do we really need another video games movie?
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12:59PM on 01/26/2010
Sure we do, if it's a good one for a change.
Sure we do, if it's a good one for a change.
11:52AM on 01/26/2010
Warcraft is cool game but I think it would make an even cooler movie if the effects and props looked the part. I'm very curious to see how this will turn out.
Warcraft is cool game but I think it would make an even cooler movie if the effects and props looked the part. I'm very curious to see how this will turn out.
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11:51AM on 01/26/2010

No thanks...

Been playing EQ too long to ever switch to it's lame spin-off cousin. It's like playing Yu-Gi-Oh after knowing what M:TG was like. Gimme an EQ movie and I'm in.
Been playing EQ too long to ever switch to it's lame spin-off cousin. It's like playing Yu-Gi-Oh after knowing what M:TG was like. Gimme an EQ movie and I'm in.
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11:09AM on 01/26/2010

Hell no!

I don't care if people don't like what i have to say but Sam Raimi is better than this, and we've all seen that episode of south park, (which from my experience of warcraft fans is TRUTH). I say Raimi should go forward with a fourth movie, EVIL DEAD 4 that is!! We all know Big Bruce would be up for it. The world doesn't need a world of warcrap movie.
I don't care if people don't like what i have to say but Sam Raimi is better than this, and we've all seen that episode of south park, (which from my experience of warcraft fans is TRUTH). I say Raimi should go forward with a fourth movie, EVIL DEAD 4 that is!! We all know Big Bruce would be up for it. The world doesn't need a world of warcrap movie.
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10:51AM on 01/26/2010
Never could get into this game
Never could get into this game
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5:57PM on 01/26/2010
me neither but the question is...are they going live-action or something like Avatar? or CGI
me neither but the question is...are they going live-action or something like Avatar? or CGI
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