Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi may be enjoying critical success for his upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful, but many may recall that prior to Oz, Raimi was attached to direct a Warcraft movie until the project fell through. Today, while promoting his upcoming film, Raimi shared a little insight onto why the Warcraft film never happened.
"First, they asked me if I wanted to make it, and I said, 'Yes, I love World of Warcraft, and I think it would make a great picture,'" said Raimi in an interview with Vulture. "So I read a screenplay they had that was written by the guys at [Warcraft developer] Blizzard, and it didn't quite work for me. I told them I wanted to make my own original story with Robert, so we pitched it to Legendary and they accepted it, and then we pitched it to Blizzard, and they had reservations, but they accepted it."
"Then Robert [Rodat] wrote the screenplay, and only once he was done did we realize that Blizzard had veto power, and we didn't know that. And they had never quite approved the original story we pitched them. Those reservations were their way of saying, 'We don't approve this story, and we want to go a different way,' so after we had spent nine months working on this thing, we basically had to start over. And Robert did start over, but it was taking too long for the people at Blizzard, and their patience ran out. Honestly, I think it was mismanagement on their behalf, not to explain to us that the first story was vetoed long ago. Why did they let us keep working on it? Were they afraid to tell me?"
While I understand and agree with some Raimi's frustrations, I'm glad Blizzard were able to stick to their guns, as too many game-to-film adaptations sideline the original creators in the production process.
Recently, it was revealed that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones had been selected to take the Warcraft helm, and Raimi praised the decision.
"I loved his movie Moon, and I think he's a strikingly talented director. I bet that if anyone can do a great job with it, it's him.
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