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Warcraft Movie (Still) Officially in Development

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Work, Work. Yes me'lord.

This may be good news to some, bad new to others: the Warcraft movie is finally underway. According to iF Magazine, producer Robert Tapert officially reaffirmed that the movie is indeed in development. "We're in the outline/story/script phase," he told the magazine. With that said, there's no guarantee the film will ever be made, however we now have a hopeful start.

So where does that leave Sam Raimi? Originally, he was set to direct the movie, and now that Spider-Man 4 has been canceled for a teen-themed "reboot" (aka Smallville?) of the franchise in 2012, that leaves him seemingly open to take the Warcraft chair. However, Tapert wasn't sure where the director was heading next.

"I don't want to speak on Sam's behalf, because the SPIDER-MAN thing happened so recently," Tapert told the magazine. "I think he's getting his feet under him and trying to decide. He might want to do a teeny, tiny small film, but I don’t know what he wants to do. I know he had a great time doing DRAG ME TO HELL."

IMDb.com still shows Raimi as the director, with the film hitting theaters in 2011. Chris Metzen is listed as the story writer, and Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan,""The Patriot") responsible for the screenplay (source). The status hasn't been updated since July 22, 2009, so the details may not be accurate.

Dabu!

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    red rabbit , January 19, 2010 11:21 PM
    Chris Metzen, not Matzen.
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    TheDuke , January 19, 2010 11:23 PM
    now we play the waiting game. will it be good or bad. i'm most excited to see the battles and how well the cg and makeup will be done
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    logitic , January 19, 2010 11:30 PM
    I want believe it until they start shooting film.
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    opmopadop , January 19, 2010 11:31 PM
    If blizzard had it their way I would have to pay a monthly subscription to watch the movie.
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    Onyx2291 , January 19, 2010 11:35 PM
    Haha I'll have to see if I'd want to actually see this.. If it is ever made... In either case I'll probably watch it anyway at some point in time.
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    acecombat , January 19, 2010 11:42 PM
    Wasn't this what they announced like 2 years ago??? Oh I forgot...We're talking about Blizzard here.
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    avatarprime , January 20, 2010 12:01 AM
    The movie has been in development for a while now...
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    exfileme , January 20, 2010 12:03 AM
    opmopadopIf blizzard had it their way I would have to pay a monthly subscription to watch the movie.


    LOL too funny!
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    El_Capitan , January 20, 2010 12:10 AM
    I wonder if there will be a cameo of Lerooooooy Jenkins?
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    exfileme , January 20, 2010 12:17 AM
    Hope Mr. T will be cast in the movie. "I piddy teh foo who steals my gold!"
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    connor m , January 20, 2010 2:27 AM
    I hope this is true, I have been hearing about this "movie" for about 6 months now.
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    invlem , January 20, 2010 3:13 AM
    How about James Cameron instead? I'd like to see what a Warcraft movie with a 500+ million budget would look like :p 
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    midnightgun , January 20, 2010 3:18 AM
    Blizzard would rather not release it then have it considered to be bad. So there is a possibility of it being canceled right up to the last minute. Everyone involved with the making of it should know that.

    I honestly think it will be one of the funniest movies ever seen on film, especially for those familiar with the subject matter.

    But it will also need to appeal to those who don't play the game as well, because more then 11 million people need to see it for it to be considered a success.
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    midnightgun , January 20, 2010 3:20 AM
    Connor MI hope this is true, I have been hearing about this "movie" for about 6 months now.


    Blizzard can take years, sometimes a decade to make a game.

    Expecting a movie by them before at least 2 years is unrealistic.

    I bet they are still doing the story core.
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    masterjaw , January 20, 2010 3:32 AM
    They might gonna put this movie into BattleNet to "avoid piracy".

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    avatarprime , January 20, 2010 5:30 AM
    midnightgunBlizzard can take years, sometimes a decade to make a game.

    A decade might be a bit of an embellishment.
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    anamaniac , January 20, 2010 5:34 AM
    TheDukenow we play the waiting game. will it be good or bad. i'm most excited to see the battles and how well the cg and makeup will be done

    Well, the WoW intro movies were absolutely breathtaking. If they can do even better (4k resolution at 60+ FPS, compared to Blurays 2k resoltuion and 26FPS) on the visuals, and actually make it truly kick ass, it's a movie I'd pay $50 to see.
    I absolutely loved the Warcraft lore, but lost interest in the game after the first expansion starting to mess with it.

    This better not be some run down peice of crap with shiny CG though, it NEEDS to be EPIC. If Blizzard can do that, they have finally set themselves as gods.
    invlemHow about James Cameron instead? I'd like to see what a Warcraft movie with a 500+ million budget would look like

    $500,000,000 is way to small for this. And screw James Cameron. It needs to be more epic than that.
    Connor MI hope this is true, I have been hearing about this "movie" for about 6 months now.

    They have been discussing this movie for years now.
    I'm willing to wait years more for this. Blizzard may take their time, but they can make a damned fine game (hell, they scrapped SC Ghost because it was crap, even though they lost millions when they could have made millions), but they surely do take their time.
    I payed $20 a month for two years, show me what me and 10,000,000+ have helped fund.
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    my_name_is_earl , January 20, 2010 6:01 AM
    Plz don't tell me this gonna take more than 10yrs.
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    hixbot , January 20, 2010 11:21 AM
    i'll only watch this if it stars mr t, and its done with only in-game graphics.
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    tat2demon , January 20, 2010 12:25 PM
    I have 5 bucks that says Raimi announced Spiderman 4 just to get out of making this train wreck of a movie.
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