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More Warcraft Movie Details Unleashed

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The upcoming Warcraft movie may be centered on Arthas Menethil's path to the dark side. has discovered that Legendary Pictures (and Blizzard Entertainment) has made a few new changes to the Warcraft movie details, and have thus affected the information found on IMDB. The website said that the IMDB's "Warcraft" entry now lists four film sub-entries based on the term including the infamous South Park episode (Make Love, Not Warcraft) and three other non-Blizzard films.

But as for Sam Raimi's theatrical release is concerned, the upcoming 2011 film is now slated as Warcraft: The Rise of the Lich King. As the title indicates, the movie may be based on the material found in Christie Golden's novel which in turn uses heavy references from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Unfortunately, the IMDB page doesn't offer any clues into the casting or actual characters appearing in the flick, however assumes that it could be based on Arthas Menethil as a main figure, the featured villain in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

"When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland," reads part of the book's description. "Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies."

Based on the book, the storyline could produce a hot and tasty movie if the screenwriter doesn't go all George Lucas and turn this Anakin-like anti-hero into a ball of whiny boredom. Then again, based on comments made at BlizzCon 2007, the movie won't be anything like Lord of the Rings.

"Thrall will be in the movie," reads the report from the convention. "It will be told primarily from the Alliance point of view. The time of the movie is set about 1 year before World of Warcraft begins. The film is mainly about cultures in conflict. It won't be an adventure movie like LoTR, more of a war film."

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    Anonymous , October 3, 2009 12:32 AM
    First !
    They better make this one good and not another crappy comic/game replica pos...
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    Anonymous , October 3, 2009 12:58 AM
    Hire Triple H for Arthas!
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    Regulas , October 3, 2009 2:10 AM
    I think a Starcraft movie would be better.
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    lemonade4 , October 3, 2009 3:58 AM
    maybe the budget will be big enough to hire samual l jackson to be arthas. they're both badass
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    Major7up , October 3, 2009 4:08 AM
    RegulasI think a Starcraft movie would be better.

    Hell yeah it would!!!
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    dimar , October 3, 2009 4:51 AM
    Stop remaking the stories we know, and give us an original Warcraft tale!!!
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    anamaniac , October 3, 2009 6:40 AM
    dimarStop remaking the stories we know, and give us an original Warcraft tale!!!

    I'd prefder to explore the Warcraft lore by gaming. It's too expanse for a single movie. Though they kinda started fucking with Warcraft lore starting at the first expansion...

    Though a Starcraft movie, that I'd watch.
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    FUtomNOreg , October 3, 2009 7:46 AM
    The only people interested in seeing it are too obsessed playing to go to the theater.
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    ptroen , October 3, 2009 9:00 AM
    Both star craft and Warcraft were inspired by literary works which in turn are now being inspired by the game. The problem here is IP will dilute the storytelling ability.
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    CHRISTLUBAS , October 3, 2009 10:14 AM
    I loathe for a Stallone starred call of duty Modern Warfare the movie LOL
    although it already felt like a movie just playing.....................
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    skora , October 3, 2009 11:38 AM
    You can bet that if this is successful, activision/blizzard will continue to milk their cash cow franchises and a starcraft movie will eventually hit the screens. But you'll probably have to wait till after the 3 year release of SC2 for enough story fodder. They'll be expecting a boost in previous game sales along with the movies. If it doesn't play out financially stimulating, you won't see anything else.
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    izliecies , October 3, 2009 6:37 PM
    It's amazing, so amazing, I'm the reason everybody broke up this season..

    Nice, I want to see this movie :) 
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    wildwell , October 4, 2009 1:21 AM
    I'm looking forward to the movie's release but I don't have high expectations. Same goes for a possible Mechwarrior film. Has anyone here ever seen a GOOD movie from a video game? They always seemed plagued by bad writing and bad acting.
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    liquid0h , October 4, 2009 3:22 AM
    I'm keep my lips sealed until I see who the screenwriter(s) / director are. We'll know a good deal of what kind of movie it'll be after knowing that.
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    kingnoobe , October 4, 2009 3:57 AM
    I sord of agree with wild. I felt that way about a lot of movies that came from games/cartoons, but I liked transformer, spiderman, x-men *although it seemed to go downhill i still enjoyed all of'em*. So hopefully they can keep it up.
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    JohnnyLucky , October 4, 2009 1:48 PM
    I have not been impressed with the most recent Hollywood conversions to film.
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    dman3k , October 4, 2009 2:28 PM
    RegulasI think a Starcraft movie would be better.
    Isn't that "Starship Troopers" ???
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2009 11:25 PM
    zingamTruth is that stories behind Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft are uninspired and unoriginal. They may be good enough for good games but in a movie form they'll most probably fail epically.

    I don't think it's the story (granted I don't play wow), but I think a lot of movies have difficulty chopping down an 8+ hour game to 1.5 hours. You lose a lot and will leave a lot of people clueless. It just can't be help, usually people go to these type of movies to see their heroes in the big screen.
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    matt87_50 , October 4, 2009 11:30 PM
    so, starwars episode 3 without the awesome space/laser battles?
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    ssddx , October 5, 2009 11:22 AM
    There have been quite a few interesting movies launched that were originally based on a game. Bloodrayne 1 & 2 weren't bad; neither was Doom. The trouble is that the producers/directors change the storyline & overall feel of the movie to match what they feel it should be like, thus killing the movie that fans really want to see from the start.

    Sam Raimi seems to be good at doing that... just look at what he did to the "legend of the seeker" his miniseries based on Terry Goodkind's book series. Horrible.
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