Legendary don’t want to “screw it up” with World of Warcraft movie

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The World of Warcraft movie feels a little like Duke Nukem Forever. Is it real? Will it ever be made? We all know what happened with Duke Nukem so it’s right that Legendary Pictures are being very cautious with the WoW movie.

At a recent press event for Pacific Rim, Legendary Pictures’ head Thomas Tull was quizzed about the progress of the movie and he spoke openly about the progress they have been making. Legendary are not taking the game’s popularity, which has been waning in recent months, as an indication that the movie will pack theatres. He commented:

“A lot of times what has happened in the past is, studios have said, ‘How many people play that game? Okay, then that means they’ll probably all go out and buy tickets.’ That is an incredibly poor way to make a movie.”

“And so having Duncan Jones realize that for us was exciting. We’ve taken our time [developing this property], because we absolutely don’t want to screw it up. And I think we’re getting close to a place where we’re ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, ‘Forget whether or not there’s a built-in audience. Does this stand on its own, and is it great?’ Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re under suspicion of going there. And Duncan is one of those directors that you just, ‘This guy gets it.’”

After many years of trying to figure out whether the film will ever get made, or if it’s even possible to make a WoW movie of any quality, it looks like Legendary are on their way with the project with Tull hinting that the movie could be finished in 2016.

Whether Blizzard still have as huge a WoW fan base in 2016 remains to be seen.

Thanks Slashfilm and Blues

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  • sorudo

    just do what blizzard has bin doing for the past 8 years, clone from other movies and claim it’s their own idea.

  • Ed RM

    This idea that the players of very popular game will instantly buy tickts for a movie based on it is ridiculous. If it was, the case, for example, Resident Evil movies would have been some of the most popular and watched movies ever.

    Legendary is right to take their time to make the best movie they can, and not count solely on the game subscription numbers, because a good movie is a good movie, independent of the source of inspiration, and is way more likely to attract non gamer people to watch it (and perhaps, increase its fanbase, like the way it happened with the Lord of the Rings books).

    • rtre

      Fuck lord of the ring books man. FUCK books in general. Movies and video games are better AND more creative. but really I hope they do pretty well with the WoW and NOT stall any more time.

  • Satori

    @rtre it seems you barely ever read anything in your life if you can write something that stupid as in ” movies and video games better than books”