Sam Raimi has signed on to direct "Warcraft," the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise "World of Warcraft."
Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment are mounting the film, and Warner Bros. will co-finance and distribute. The team boasts an impressive pedigree: In addition to the director of "Spider-Man," the partners have added "The Dark Knight" producer Charles Roven to the creative mix.
The plan is for Raimi to supervise development of "Warcraft" and shoot the picture after he completes work on "Spider-Man 4," which gets under way early next year for Columbia Pictures.
The "Warcraft" universe features an epic conflict between the Horde and the Alliance. The game has developed a global following since its launch in 1994 and shows no signs of slowing. Its most recent expansion, "Wrath of the Lich King," sold more than 2.8 million copies in the first day of release and more than 4 million its first month.
This is big big news for Warcraft fans around the world. Its still going to be quite awhile before it comes out since Raimi still has Spider-Man 4 to direct, which doesn't start shooting until next year. I personally don't play any of the games, but this news definitely has me interested in the movie. I love Sam Raimi and almost all of his films are great. I enjoyed the Evil Dead series and Drag Me to Hell was surprisingly awesome. Hes a very talented director and I'm sure he will do a great job with the Warcraft movie.