Mar 6, 2013
We finally hear in Sam Raimi’s own words why he walked away from the World of Warcraft movie.
Let me start this off by saying, I’ve been a huge Sam Raimi fan for years – and I mean years – going all the way back to his Evil Dead / Army of Darkness days. That’s why I was so excited when, back in 2009 (yes, it’s been five years), Blizzard Entertainment announced that Sam Raimi was on board to direct the World of Warcraft movie. However, Mr. Raimi ended up walking away from the project in 2012. Since then, there has been little to no information as to why.
Today, Vulture posted an awesome interview with Sam covering a variety of topics. He speaks about his upcoming project Oz the Great and Powerful, why Spider-Man 4 never happened, he even comments on the remake of his cult classic Evil Dead. The most interesting piece of the interview, in my opinion, is when he is asked several questions about the World of Warcraft movie. You can see his responses below.
Vulture: You’re no longer attached to the World of Warcraft movie, and now Duncan Jones is making it.
Sam Raimi: “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.”
V: What was the biggest obstacle on that project?
SR: “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 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 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?”
“Mismanagement”, ouch! I have to say though, at least from a fan perspective I tend to agree. It’s been a very long time since the announcement of the World of Warcraft movie and fans still have nothing to see.
All is not lost though! As sad as I am that Sam Raimi ended up walking away from the project I am very happy, since the announcement this past January, that Duncan Jones is set to fill his shoes as director. I’ve seen several of Duncan’s previous films, Moon and Source Code, and I really enjoyed both of them.
I still have high hopes for a World of Warcraft film. I just hope Blizzard doesn’t take another five years churning on a script. Only time will tell though. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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