Hollywood director Sam Raimi was once in line to direct the World of Warcraft movie, before he eventually vacated the project. Now, Sam has opened up about his time working on the World of Warcraft film, claiming that Blizzard were to blame for him departing the project.
Raimi told Vulture, "Robert Rodat was working on the script, and it was taking a long time. I think they were getting a little antsy at Legendary, the production company. Actually, what happened was even more complicated, so let me go back a little bit. 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.' 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."
He added, "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 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."
Same continued, "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??"
The World of Warcraft movie will now be directed by Duncan Jones, based on the screenplay that is being worked on by Charles Leavitt. Despite the fact that the script is still being worked on, there have already been a number of rumours about who will star in the project, with Johnny Depp's name appearing on a number of occasions.
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