Screenwriter Robert Rodat hasn’t written a feature film since 2000’s Mel Gibson war movie “The Patriot”, and before that he wrote the Steven Spielberg World War II Ouchfest known as “Saving Private Ryan”. So what’s next on Rodat’s plate? How about adapting the “World of Warcraft” game for Sam Raimi? Yup, it’s true. MTV got the word from Raimi himself, and a subsequent call to Rodat’s agent has confirmed the news. The guy who wrote “Saving Private Ryan” is currently writing a WoW movie. WOW, indeed.
In the same interview, MTV also found out that the “World of Warcraft” movie will in fact not be based on the novel “Arthas: Rise of the Lich King” as previously believed, but will instead be an original work of fiction courtesy of Rodat. As such, the movie may or may not use any familiar characters from the game, but according to Raimi, will definitely include the Horde and the Alliance and the mythology familiar to players of the uber popular MMORPG.
“I think we would try and find touchstones within the game to make it accurate and true and choose one or some of the lands that are portrayed in the game with as much accuracy and authenticity as possible.”
This is actually not all that surprising news. And it’s a smart move, too. If you can get your hands on a writer like Rodat, and a director like Raimi, and what is sure to be a huge budget, why would you want to waste it on adapting some story that’s already been told? The WoW world is there for the picking; pick and choose what works, and build an original story around it, which is apparently what Raimi and Rodat will be doing.