It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new about the fabled World of Warcraft movie, and now WoW fans have a few new huge morsels to munch on until the next bit of info is revealed.
Catch the full video below, which focuses a lot on the movie and what inspires Raimi to want to direct the film:
Hit the break for transcripts of a few great quotes that reveal Raimi’s love of the game, and my own thoughts on the interview.
Well, at least now we have a bit more concrete evidence that WoW really is where Raimi hopes and plans to go next. There’s been some question about whether he would be working on WoW or an Oz project next, but he dispelled that notion quickly:
“Right now im not really committed to Oz…”
And moving into what gets Raimi motivated for the WoW movie, he gushes over the visuals, the weaponry, the spells and landscapes — basically everything that makes the game a beautiful specimen of the fantasy genre. In fact, he’s got his own level 72 toon.
“The landscapes are incredibly cinematic. The characters themselves are unique and fantastic… It would be really cool to see them in battle.”
But as for an “angle,” that still may be a ways off, he said, though the action is not planned to be a hybrid of real-world and game-world settings.
“We’re still working on the story right now. We’ve got a 40-page document that needs a lot more work. But every draft that we do with (screenwriter) Robert Rodat gets better and better… there’s no real angle, we’re just trying to create realistic characters that can live in the World of Warcraft.”
As for those actual characters, that’s one thing that I think he wants to have fun with.
“We’re really trying to pull upon the most exciting and different characters in the game. It really is a world, a universe, and so many different characters and professions… we’re trying to choose the ones that are interesting and could play a part in a drama that’s slowly developing.”
The studio — Legendary Pictures (which likely would distribute via WB) — also “is very enthusiastic” and is chiefly concerned with creating a quality movie, Raimi said. Sounds like a plan to me. Coupled up with his own enthusiasm, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that this project gets off the ground and maintains the game’s integrity.
“I just want to make pictures that I feel passionate about; that I think I can really bring something to; that I have some real connection to. Because if I do that, quite simply, I know how to direct the movie.”
Best of luck. I know there’s been plenty of discussion about the possible epicness, or possible utter failure of bringing the WoW story to the big screen. Do insights into the enthusiasm that Raimi and his team seem to be bringing to the project ease any of your concerns?