Sam Raimi’s Warcraft Movie Going Saving Private Ryan on Us?

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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.

Run, colorful people with swords, he's got a rifle!

Run, colorful people with swords, he's got a rifle!

Author: Nix

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  • Matt

    “why would you want to waste it on adapting some story that’s already been told?”

    Um, maybe because that is what people who would go to this movie want to see? Anyone that goes to a movie based upon an original story from another medium (book, tv show, video game, etc) have a desire to see that story they know and love brought to the big screen.

    With this reasoning, you’d never have the core story of a book brought to life. Frodo Baggins carrying some stupid ring to Mt. Doom? Bleh, who needs that? Instead, lets tell the tale of Jim Biggins, loveable rogue that gets himself into all sorts of shenanigans while the villages and towns are in upheaval.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I see the point you’re trying to make, but honestly, you can’t compare LOTR to WoW. One is a great work of literature that has stood the test of time, and the other is … an online game from this decade. All the fictional WoW works are based on the games (unless I’m mistaken), and are themselves just adaptations/expansions of what began as a loose collection of “ideas”; they are not the foundations of the story itself, unlike LOTR, which began with the novels. That is really my argument here.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        PLUS if it wasn’t for LOTR there would be no WoW or D&D. Nix I see where you’re coming from. Also with that reasoning, Comic movies should utterly fail unless they’re adaptation of the source material. Um “X-men 1&2,” “spiderman 1&2,” “Blade 1&2,” “Batman Begins and The Dark Knight,” and “Iron Man” were all inspired by but don’t strictly adhere to their source material and they di great. As a matter of fact the films that ARE direct adpatations of stories haven’t done as well. “V fo Vendetta,” and “Watchmen” all did well but not as well as was expected or wanted. “300” and “Sin City,” are the exceptions. WoW has a huge world to play in and I think the storylines from the books and comics should be used as guidelines but they should do an original story.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Well another thing to keep in mind is that there are no real “original source material” to be drawn from when it comes to games. The WoW novel I referenced was just an extension of the game, and is not necessarily THE source material.

  • Matt

    “why would you want to waste it on adapting some story that’s already been told?”

    Um, maybe because that is what people who would go to this movie want to see? Anyone that goes to a movie based upon an original story from another medium (book, tv show, video game, etc) have a desire to see that story they know and love brought to the big screen.

    With this reasoning, you’d never have the core story of a book brought to life. Frodo Baggins carrying some stupid ring to Mt. Doom? Bleh, who needs that? Instead, lets tell the tale of Jim Biggins, loveable rogue that gets himself into all sorts of shenanigans while the villages and towns are in upheaval.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      I see the point you’re trying to make, but honestly, you can’t compare LOTR to WoW. One is a great work of literature that has stood the test of time, and the other is … an online game from this decade. All the fictional WoW works are based on the games (unless I’m mistaken), and are themselves just adaptations/expansions of what began as a loose collection of “ideas”; they are not the foundations of the story itself, unlike LOTR, which began with the novels. That is really my argument here.

      • Dedpool

        PLUS if it wasn’t for LOTR there would be no WoW or D&D. Nix I see where you’re coming from. Also with that reasoning, Comic movies should utterly fail unless they’re adaptation of the source material. Um “X-men 1&2,” “spiderman 1&2,” “Blade 1&2,” “Batman Begins and The Dark Knight,” and “Iron Man” were all inspired by but don’t strictly adhere to their source material and they di great. As a matter of fact the films that ARE direct adpatations of stories haven’t done as well. “V fo Vendetta,” and “Watchmen” all did well but not as well as was expected or wanted. “300” and “Sin City,” are the exceptions. WoW has a huge world to play in and I think the storylines from the books and comics should be used as guidelines but they should do an original story.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

          Well another thing to keep in mind is that there are no real “original source material” to be drawn from when it comes to games. The WoW novel I referenced was just an extension of the game, and is not necessarily THE source material.

  • Matt

    When I typed up that post I really didn’t want to use LOTR as my reference, but I was having trouble thinking of another rich, expansive world in any other non film medium. I wasn’t comparing LOTR to WOW. I was using it as an example of what could happen when you take a world and story that people know and are interested in, and decide you “may or may not use any familiar characters from the game.” There are three Warcraft games before the world of warcraft MMORPG. Those games had single-player campaigns that had linear stories. Warcraft 3 and its expansion game ‘The Frozen Throne’ had a very cool, interesting story with characters that would translate well to the big screen. I don’t even really care myself if this movie gets made or not, but since they are making it, I want them to go into it with a passion for the history and take great care with the license they have been allowed to use. Otherwise we will be given a story that changes the lore, or worse, gives us boring characters that we have no vested interest in.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Ah. Well then Well said!!!

  • Matt

    When I typed up that post I really didn’t want to use LOTR as my reference, but I was having trouble thinking of another rich, expansive world in any other non film medium. I wasn’t comparing LOTR to WOW. I was using it as an example of what could happen when you take a world and story that people know and are interested in, and decide you “may or may not use any familiar characters from the game.” There are three Warcraft games before the world of warcraft MMORPG. Those games had single-player campaigns that had linear stories. Warcraft 3 and its expansion game ‘The Frozen Throne’ had a very cool, interesting story with characters that would translate well to the big screen. I don’t even really care myself if this movie gets made or not, but since they are making it, I want them to go into it with a passion for the history and take great care with the license they have been allowed to use. Otherwise we will be given a story that changes the lore, or worse, gives us boring characters that we have no vested interest in.

    • Dedpool

      Ah. Well then Well said!!!

  • http://www.epictoon.com/ wow gold

    I agree that creating a different storyline is a smart move, Rodat sure knows how to write those great battle scenes. Having “The Patriot” and “Saving Private Ryan” as his credentials, he’ll definitely meet our expectations on making this film worth watching.

  • http://www.epictoon.com wow gold

    I agree that creating a different storyline is a smart move, Rodat sure knows how to write those great battle scenes. Having “The Patriot” and “Saving Private Ryan” as his credentials, he’ll definitely meet our expectations on making this film worth watching.