Thursday, August 02, 2012

'World of Warcraft' still headed for theaters, despite Raimi's loss

Orcs and trolls may still be coming to the big screen, and we don't mean for "The Hobbit." Despite the loss of Sam Raimi, who said at the 2012 Comic-Con that he was out of the "World of Warcraft" movie due to commitments to Walt Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," Legendary Entertainment is still anxious to get a film adaptation of Blizzard's hit MMORPG into theaters.

Legendary, in fact, has committed to bringing aboard screenwriter Charles Leavitt to rewrite the script. Leavitt already has a strong connection to Legendary, having scribed "The Seventh Son," a fantasy film based on Joseph Delaney's children's novel "The Spook's Apprentice."

"The Seventh Son" stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes, with Warner Bros. distributing. The film launches in theaters on Oct. 18, 2013.

Although there is no set release date for "World of Warcraft," Variety notes that 2014 is the earliest that the film could be released.

Although comic book adaptations have seemed to be the strongest of late, video games might start to dominate. Legendary also has an adaptation of videogame BioWare's "Mass Effect" in development. The latest in the "Resident Evil" series is soon to reach theaters, as well.

How about a "Diablo" movie, Legendary (all criticism of the current Diablo III release aside)?

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