Spiderman director takes on "World of Warcraft" movie

Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:29pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Film director Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to life on the big screen and now he is set to bring the orcs and dwarves from the hit role-playing fantasy videogame "World of Warcraft" to the big screen.

Blizzard Entertainment Inc., a unit of Activision Blizzard, and Legendary Pictures said on Wednesday that Raimi has signed to make a film out of the Warcraft universe of Azeroth.

"Warcraft" made its debut in 1994 as a real-time strategy game based on a conflict between the Horde and the Alliance and was developed into the massively multiplayer online game "World of Warcraft" in 2004 which has developed a huge following.

"World of Warcraft" now holds the Guiness World Record as the most popular massively multiplayer online game with more than 11.5 million monthly subscribers as well as having a lucrative range of licensed products.

The two companies said they were confident that Raimi, who also directed "Evil Dead," was the ideal man to satisfy Warcraft enthusiasts as well as a mainstream audience.

"Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content," the companies said in a joint statement.

Raimi most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller "Drag Me to Hell."

"At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story," said Raimi in the statement. "I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen."

The film will be produced by Charles Roven who brought "The Dark Knight" to screen last year.   Continued...