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Want To Learn Some Details About The Proposed WORLD OF WARCRAFT Film?!

Published at: Aug. 6, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST by Moriarty

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I remember speaking very briefly with Thomas Tull about the idea of turning WORLD OF WARCRAFT into a film just before his company made the announcement that they were optioning the rights. It seemed to me like he knows full well that videogame movies are problematic at the very least, disastrous at their worst. He seems determined to make sure that WORLD OF WARCRAFT is all about story first. This weekend, they made their first public presentation about the film at the BlizzCon, and there’s a pretty good report up online about it. To help augment that report, I managed to get a really nice, clean version of the piece of artwork they showed at the presentation, and I’ve included it here for you. Everywhere else it's shown up online, it's been a photo taken at the presentation, but this is a really nice high-res version, and if you click on it below, you'll be able to blow it up absurdly large and check out all the detail:

$100m budget 2009 release Set 1 year prior to WoW PG-13 content from an Alliance Perspective First Concept Art image All the details here “Today at BlizzCon 2007 we have heard our first solid and interesting information with regards to the Warcraft, or to some, the World of Warcraft Movie. This movie will be big, huge in fact, Thomas Tull (producer of 300) stated a budget of over $100m would be committed, with a projected 2009 release date. The plot for the film will take place approximately a year before the start of World of Warcraft, including races you have played and lands you have wandered in, where lots of plot arcs are melded into a two and a half hour story. The film itself will revolve around a 'badass' new hero, with a theme towards conflict and culture - being a War Movie rather than a quest movie, from an Alliance's perspective.

I know you can’t really make any sort of decision about a film from one piece of concept art, but there’s something about the tone of this that I really like. I’ve never played the game (and considering how little free time I already have, I never will), but this intrigues me.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    FIRST

    by tnt23789

    looking forward to this althought i wish it could b a full cgi movie like beowulf or use the same technology in the cinematics within the game. o wellz. lets hope the live action part doesnt suck.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Sw0rdfish

    That's all I had to say.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    ding!

    by Aphex Twin

    gratz! I'm one of the few people to retire WoW willingly and with little withdrawal symptoms. Personally I don't really see how a WoW movie can work. Will the characters randomly break out in dancing? Blizzard execs...I got a better idea, it's called Warcraft 4. MAKE IT HAPPEN. Thanks for Starcraft 2, I'm eagerly awaiting release.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Fuck Off!

    by darquelyte

    What? What? How did this happen, and why are you hitting on me?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    GEEKGASM

    by choptop

    That's what I just had.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Blizzard Can Do Anything

    by Vaebn

    Blizzard is just about the most respected software company out there. They have an ethic for excellence that is just flat-out unmatched by anyone else in the business. If ANY gaming company can adapt one of its products into a movie, it's Blizzard (not to mention their own in-game cinematics have been the best in the business for over a decade, as far as I know). Anything Blizzard touches turns to gold, or they don't do it for fear of hurting their impossible reputation. I'm not a WoW fan (though I'm hyperventilating over Starcraft II...), but I'm sure this movie will be great.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    oh, and btw...

    by choptop

    FOR THE HORDE!!!! shame (but logical) they decided to take the alliance perspective.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    one word: WOW

    by onefatman

    i'm so funny i just shit

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Didn't Uwe just make this?

    by Stalin vs Predator

    That one with Burt Reynolds, Leelee Sobieski and that moronic thug from the Italian Job remake?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    or a "FABLE" movie.

    by Mike_D

    dammit.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    No way Half-Life is better material

    by Evil Hobbit

    Warcraft lore is the best story a videogame universe has ever known. With the Zelda games as a close runner up. Can't wait to see all the marvelous places of Azeroth on the big screen.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I hate World Of Warcraft since that one evening...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...when I wanted to watch South Park, but they showed instead a 30 minutes long commercial for WOW with some of the SP characters in it.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Warhammer = rated R

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Do that instead. Beowulf cgi style or 300 style if you must.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    fuck this

    by redfist

    GIVE ME HALF LIFE 2!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    If someone doesn't yell...

    by DocPazuzu

    ..."LEERRROOOOOOOOYYYYY ernJEEEENNKINNNNSSSSS!!!!!" in this film then I will be severely disappointed. <p> No Leroy Jenkins = Nipples on Batman.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Flip63Hole

    by DerLanghaarige

    I guess the avid WOW-fans could enjoy it more...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Final Fantasy.

    by Dokkalvar

    I would get a kick out of this if it were like the spirit within, and didn't take itself too seriously. Also If I get to see a nelf priest own a lock or tank I'll be good. <P> NERD AWAY!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by Dokkalvar

    If Leroy Jenkins isn't the protagonist I'll be sorely disappointed.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Yes, but...

    by Zappary

    ...will there be a 30 minute sequence where the main characters start dancing naked in Ironforge? <BR> Also, that pic was cooler when I couldn't see all of the cut-and-paste photoshopped details. Ick.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    That image is the World tree

    by Sagan

    where the final battle of warcraft III was fought, it was the joined forces of the Humans, Orcs and Night Elves against the combined forces of The Burning Legion and the Undead, leaded by the mighty Archimonde, it was real cool actually, i've heard that the world tree is somewhere in WOW though i havent seen it yet

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Sagan

    by DrSurvey

    I was just about to say the same thing, either that or Teldrassil - which is what my first thought was.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    sorry guys

    by Lost Prophet

    don't get your hopes up- look at the precedent when games are adapted: <p>Final fantsy- abandoned pretty much everything that made the games good for some neo-hippy drivel. <p>Resident Evil (I still get cross thinking about this) rewrote the concept taking everything out except for virus zombies and mutants (and umbrella)- they even made up new heroes for the first film- and lumbered it with some piss poor amnesia plot. <p>Silent Hill was probably the best (at least it got the atmosphere OK) but still lumbered the audience with hours of exposition, <p> Mortal Kombat was alright-ish but struggled through lack of storyline, <p>As for Alone in the dark, the less said about any Uwe Boll abombination or piss like Super Mario/ Streetfighter the better.<p>Have I missed any?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    zug zug

    by palewook

    already seen lord of the rings, 100m wow movie wont work.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    sounds cool but the horde aint gonna be

    by kingoflight

    to happy to hear that they are not even half way involded in the main characters. I was half hoping it would either be horde vs alliance after a artifact of some kind or from the horde perspective and i only say this because if you play the game you should know that the horde PWNS!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Evil Hobbit

    by Strabo

    You must be joking. 90% of the Warcraft lore is directly ripped off from Tolkein and Warhammer. It's like a fucking madlib. They just erased the nouns and made a name generator. This movie is going to be shite, just like everything else Blizzard has done since D2.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    The World tree from Warcraft 3

    by 300spartansinhell

    It looks awesome! Different from how it looked in the game but I don´t mind. It looks much cooler and that is not always the case when they try to adapt something from a game. Man now I´m hyped. Hope they have Arthas, one of the coolest characters from a game.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Fix Shamenz, KK?

    by James Westfall

    I already quit this game cause Blizzard hasn't got clue one how to manage it - but I will indeed give the movie a go.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    They gonna make the Horde Evil then?

    by CeefaxTheCat

    Super.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    DING!

    by smylexx

    Will it be three hours of some little kid following the main hero around while accusing him of ninja looting his shield and helmet from an earlier creature drop?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    What you say is not true, Strabo

    by 300spartansinhell

    I said the same thing before I played warcraft 3, and before warcraft 3 the frozen throne when Arthas becomes the new Lich King. With all the combined lore of warcraft 3 and world of warcraft Blizzard have created one of the most fascinating mythologies in any game. Unlike the Final Fantasy games and their convuluted storylines the lore of warcraft is consistent and at the same time constantly evolving. Sure there are ideas that come from Tolkien, but that is the case with most high fantasy. Take the Harry Potter books as an example and you will find hundreds of small similarities with Tolkien. There is not one evil dark lord like Melkor/Morgoth and later Sauron, or like Voldemort. There are races and nations both wordly and otherwordly, some are evil some are good and some are in between. That´s what I like the most about the warcraft mythology.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    What about FLOW the movie?

    by chrth

    They can give free pot to everybody in the theater.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    $100 Million + ??

    by TheDohDoh

    Who is financing this? More people played DOOM than WofW at its peak, but DOOM only made $30 mill boxoff. There's no reason to get all siked off this one image. And there's no proof this will be a good movie either. Fucking gaming nerds are the worst. I'm with Moriarty - if you are over 24, please explain how you find time to invest in WofW. Which brings me to my other point, to be profitable this film will have to appeal to young dorks. That might work for LotR (sucked, btw), but not this.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    From an avid Warcraft player...

    by masterless

    FYI- there are currently 9 million ACTIVE Warcraft subscribers. It was announced this week that a new expansion for the game will be released next year so expect those numbers to rise. Whats the appeal you ask? Hard to say... at first it was the interactive qualaties with friends and the pure fun of the game itself. Then you level up to 22 and it started to become an addiction to be the best warrior on my server. ANd to be the best you have to invest lots of time to get great gear. Sooo ya you get sucked in..oh well best $14 I spend a month. BTW- I know for a FACT that this will be one of the best CGI movies ever made. Just check the vid on this link for a taste of Blizzards CGI Godliness: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ELhtXtnV3pg

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    OOPs...that link was...

    by masterless

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ELhtXtnV3pg And its for Starcraft 2 but it shows the newest and best CGI style currently in the industry. If only the upcoming animated Star Wars was this good!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    ahem

    by smylexx

    ...and the hero plunges his sword into the scorcerer. His wounds are plentiful yet, he has survived and the world is once again sav...*GANK* oh...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    AICN puts automatically puts a space in

    by masterless

    on a link so just delete the space in the URL or it wont play

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    To SoylentMean

    by masterless

    $14...guess thats hard for you to scrounge up aye gramps? Why dont you go back to playin your free online poker game with all the other senior citizens.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    At least I got chicken

    by Strshp2rpr

    Goddamnit Leeroy.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    ahem..

    by smylexx

    For the first two hours of the film, will the hero have to fight squirrels and piglets and weasels until he levels up?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Ahem..

    by smylexx

    After getting his/her quest, will the hero complain that it's too hard then spend the following 25 minutes shouting 'GROUP?' until some gnomes start poking him? These are important questions dammit!!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Ahem...

    by smylexx

    Our hero approaches the sinister tower of the evil warlord, breaking down his door, he stands in his command room and lo, he had been defeated 10 minutes earlier and had not yet spawned again... the hero sat down and started playing with his robot squirrel...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Ya, I heard you toss a mean salad...

    by masterless

    Oh, so thats where your name comes from.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Actually Lost Prophet

    by MovieWhore

    .. you forgot to mention Final Fantasy: Advent Children which is a direct sequel to the Final Fantasy VII game and kicks all kinds of ass!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Never played the game, but...

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    I know all about it. If this is done right it could be amazing. Love the artwork, Mori.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Level 70 Pally FTW!!!

    by screamster101

    Damn straight I play WOW!!! If Blizz is staying on top of this, it will be GOLD!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    DING!

    by RaveX

    gz

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Soylentmean: The salad tosser lingers...

    by masterless

    Do I need to explain what tossing a salad is? AHaha moron. Anyway, im also level 70(the current cap) and have been playing since 2005. You can bash me all you like but the fact remains its a great online experience and you will watch the movie when it comes out.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Sounds interesting

    by Veni Vidi Vici

    i remember hearing rumours of a WoW movie, but this is the first news i've heard that confirms it. i will see it, mainly for being a fan of fantasy. and why do people care if other people played the game? if they go the route of 300 style, i can see this being a fun movie to watch.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    This will be teh gheyxxor!!!!!!!!

    by MaxTheSilent

    God, I hate that game.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    abdul, can you do a number crunch on the success

    by durhay

    of this movie?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    What about those who don´t know...

    by Wilclas

    ...about the game? Will the general audience be able to disassociate "WOW Orcs and Elves" from the (now mainstream)"Lord of the Rings Orcs and Elves"? Hard to conceive that. Hard concept to sell for the guys in $uit.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Can I interest M'lady in a large bucket of meh?

    by 2for2true

    I am sooooo not interested.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as Leroy Jenkins

    by Garbageman33

    Also, South Park has already made the quintessential WoW movie.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean, some people invest tons of time into WoW

    by Immortal_Fish

    While others invest tons of time being first in multiple TBs.<P>Different strokes and all that, you know.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    not to out nerd anyone but

    by chantron

    not to out nerd anyone but I'm pretty sure thats Teldrassil, not the world tree (which is located at hyjal, a landlocked zone :p) heheh

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Shia Labeouf will be Leeroy Jenkinss

    by dtpena

    He has the assholeness, he'll barely have to "act"

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    nice very nice image

    by pipergates

    but can they make the movie interesting based on that boring game?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I would like to learn some details...

    by oceanic86

    But I learned all of this days ago. What ever happened to this website getting scoops? Now all we get is copy & pasted press releases, and a paragraph on how cool the writer thinks it's going to be. Fuckers.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Listen up you primitive screwheads,

    by emp

    I have no problem with this movie being made, but I have a problem with it occupying time and space at cinemas. Please, please, PLEASE release this as an "in game" movie that the WoW players can pay to view online, and don't bother the rest of the world with it.<p>Online RPGs seems like a dangerous waste of time. Now let me get back to the 1-18-08 and slusho sites to search for voltron clues.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean. Explain the popularity of Second Life

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    That isnt even a war & death game. People just hang around on Second Life. I dont get it. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode set in the future with "Virtual Lawn Raking" and "Virtual Virtual Lawn Raking" lol.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Soylentmean= Fucking Moron

    by masterless

    I can sit here and try to explain why 9 million people play Warcraft but you still wouldn’t get it and you would still respond with the “im better than you” attitude. I could tell you about the various PVP battlegrounds, dueling, or fighting in 3v3 Arena's, the 10-25 person raids or the city attacks on the other faction but you still would ask more questions because you really have no idea whats going on. So, instead I will leave you with this...your a pathetic human being that must mock others to make yourself 'feel' better and theres no point of me wasting anymore time with you, just like im sure many others have done in your life.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    1 year before WoW?

    by JustSomeguy1

    So its Warcraft 3 the movie? Will it be the first movie entirely in bird's eye view?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Pointless Bullshit

    by hypnotron

    is what this is...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    No interest in WoW...

    by boba_rob

    I'm waiting for Solitaire: The Movie. I'll shit myself then.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I don't play, but my little brother does

    by RokurGepta

    I can honestly say that he is 22, a virgin, and a complete nerd. He's pre-med, he plays WoW for 6+ hours a day, and still gets straight A's.... <p> When I ask him why he continues to play, i get responces like his guild has a raid, and he has to be there because he is part of the guild, or it's AV bonus weekend, or I'm trying to get higher tier armor. <p> I thank god every day I don't play WoW

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    oh and I would definately watch this movie

    by RokurGepta

    why would I watch it, because even though I don't play the game, I still love fantasy and sci-fi... <p> oh and the southpark WoW is hands down the best episode of southpark ever. comic genius

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Soylent! South Park loved WOW!

    by DerLanghaarige

    The made a whole episode which was only about the kids playing it. And I don't use this term often, but it probably was the worst episode ever!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    W.O.W.!!!

    by kafka07

    Who gives a crap

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Explain Leroy Jenkins to me......

    by liljuniorbrown

    I've heard of the crazy Elvis/Liberace wannabe Televangilist named Leroy Jenkins who is borderline insane but I don't know how that fits into WOW. Granted i've never played WOW or any other RPG,but still it intrigues me.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Leroy Jenkins

    by RokurGepta

    is famous because of a video someone made of some people raiding some dungeon. they are all using ventrillo which lets them talk to each other with headphones and a microphone, and the leroy jenkins dude runs off at the monsters all by himself, making the monsters angry, and getting everyone else killed

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Leeroy Jenkins

    by cyberskunk

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeroy_Jenkins fix spaces in URL.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Leroy Jenkins video

    by RokurGepta

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI4G9kGma-0

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Storyline

    by Caerdwyn

    Warcraft's storyline is hardly the greatest thing since sliced bread, when it comes to fantasy. In many ways it is a contrived mess of themes stuffed into a mindless Saturday morning cartoon format. If I were to draw a comparison, WoW would be Schumacher's Batman Forever. It's sad, because it COULD be Nolan's Batman Begins. Hopefully their director here will remove some of the cutesy fluff and take things back down to street level, get some grittiness, pull no punches. No purple paladins, please.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I've got 99.99%, repeating of course

    by Strshp2rpr

    chances of this movie sucking balls.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    lol, live action leeroy

    by RokurGepta

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZjXqXkJ0_Y

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Maybe they will have the SWORD OF 1000 TRUTHS

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Come on, DerLanghaarige, I thought the WoW SP was one of the funniest episodes I've seen. It had a good storyline and was a clever way to tap into the mania. Playing off of cultural phenomenas is why SP will be continuously relevant. Also, I've never played the game but any recent gamer or ex-gamer type can relate to it. And a WoW "commercial"? It didn't pull any punches with how it displayed the "health effects" of playing the game. "So are you going to run around outside, throwing a ball around, or are you going to sit down at your computer, and do something that matters?"

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    WOW = two hours of Chuck Norris jokes?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    That's the only way to make it realistic. And yeah, the South Park episode was pretty bad. It was slightly better than the Oprah episode...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    It would be funny

    by RokurGepta

    if somehow a Chuck Norris joke made it into the WoW movie...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I was at Blizzcon

    by Bob of the Shire

    Chris Metzen and Legendary swore up and down that they would do everything in their power to avoid making another "videogame movie". I'm a big fan of the game, so I have some hope that it won't totally suck.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    hope for full on lunacy

    by Larry of Arabia

    Have you seen the way people dress on WOW. The huge weapons would make some of the mallets in "Hawk the Slayer" look small. CGI "Hawk" sized weapons, "Red Sonya" outfits, a healthy dose of "Krull" hair, and a batshit epic "Dragonslayer" like plot. Ah... I need to que up the VCR.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:34 p.m. CST

    HEY ROKUR IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

    by Deus Vult

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeroy_Jenkins

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah Warcraft totally ripped off Tolkein.

    by Warcraft

    I mean, evil God Titan travelling the universe slaying evil becomes corrupted by a race of vampire demons and decides to fuck the universe, so he recruites them and blue demonic aliens, then decides to create and intergalactic crusade to destroy all life in the universe. Some of the good blue demon people decide to abandon the evil blue people and escape to the orc homeworld and settle down with the orcs. The Burning Crusade discovers the good blue people and decide to turn the orcs against them, almost bring the poor blue good demon people to extinction. When all hope is lost, the Orcs, now evil and corrupted, rip open a portal to azeroth where humans and elves and shit live, and all hell breaks loose. There's a shit ton more, but I yeah, I just wanted to point out that that is TOTALLY TOLKEIN.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    My Gnome will kick your ass!

    by JustyHakubi

    Love this idea. Question, if its one year before whatever will there be Dranei and Blood Elves in the movie??

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    "From an Alliance Perspective"

    by Mondo47

    Didn't see that coming at all... meh. Cue another movie where orcs are bad news... anyone who looks a little odd who isn't an elf is badder news and humans are nothing but goodness and light. It'll make a bundle no doubt from the fanbase alone, but I'm not expecting it to be interesting in any way, shape or form. A shame, considering the neat backstory the game has.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Video explains it all

    by Losteroo

    This YouTube video pretty much explains the whole phenomenon of the Online Role Playing Game culture http://tinyurl.com/2edzad

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I was not the one asking about Leeroy Jenkins

    by RokurGepta

    I am the one that posted the video link, but thanks anyways

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I new a guy back in high school

    by RokurGepta

    that actually made thousands of real world dollars, selling stuff from Ever Quest to other people online.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    oh...

    by Deus Vult

    and there I thought I was helping. <p>well I suppose I'll go back to playing the latest expansion pack for civ4...

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Draenei/Blood Elves

    by Caerdwyn

    JustyHakubi, we won't see Draenei. According to the write-up, this movie takes place 1 year before WoW. That's WoW as in the original, not even The Burning Crusade. We MAY see the Sin'dorei (blood elves), or at least high elves.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    World of Warcraft, etc.

    by Supernatural_Canary

    I think Flip63Hole has hit on something. <p> While I played WoW (having retired it some time ago for other interests), I was constantly intrigued by what might be around the next corner. Roaming through an as yet unexplored world (at least from the perspective of a neophyte gamer) was what kept me going for hours on end. <p> Now, I understand that it’s not as though there isn’t a world out there in Real Reality ™ worth exploring. But let’s be serious, how many of us are ever going to go and backpack throught the foothills of Himalayan mountains or find some hidden mountain highway in the Andes commissioned two millennia ago by an Incan god-king? <p> The world has gotten so much smaller (“No, Jack. The world hasn’t gotten smaller, there’s just less in it.”), that there’s a feeling of no longer being able to discover something new and vital. Well, anyway, that’s why I lingered in the Warcraft world for as long as I did. <p> The problem for me was that after a while the repetitive nature of the quests (find blank, kill X number of creatures guarding blank, return blank to quest-giver, change environment and creatures, repeat…) left me wanting. I’m not exactly sure what it was that I felt missing—a deeper sense of an unfolding story?—but after a while the variation on a theme grew tiresome. <p> As yet, video games don’t offer the kind of full emersion of experience that a movie does because video games substitute flash and gimmickry for story and meaning. I suppose the best counter-argument to that is “What the fuck are you talking about nimrod? Video games are for blastin’ stuff.” Well said, asshole make-believe talk-backer, well said. And right, no less. Asshole. <p> But World of Warcraft is on the way to bridging the divide, that’s for sure. The mythology is there, now they just have to figure out how to weave narrative strands into the gaming experience and they’ll have my money again. <p> (And I think it very interesting that in a time when Hollywood is more and more obsessed with flash and gimmickry, the gaming world is more and more enamored of storytelling. There’s a lazy, liberal-arts-college thesis paper lurking somewhere in that paradox.) <p> Oh, and the movie could be okay, I guess. It’ll probably suck, though.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Supernatural_Canary

    by RokurGepta

    BRAVO!!!! BRAVO, BRAVO!!! <p> Very well said!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I heard Chuck Norris is getting a cameo!

    by infiniteammo

    and I'd like to see naked characters dancing ontop of mailboxes places during all the serious scenes.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Wizard of Wor was great, but...

    by Johnny Breakfast

    ...yet I always thought GORF had a better story to tell. I wonder who'll they'll cast as the yellow Worrior?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST

    The Rev. Leroy Jenkins

    by ebonic_plague

    http://www.leroyjenkins.com/ He's not a priest but I think he's a pally, because he seems to have Divine Healing (Rank 1) and Word of Knowledge (Rank 2).

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    I wish they'd do the plot from Warcraft 3

    by Cory849

    I know they probably won't do the plot from warcraft 3 but I wish they would. It's an elegant way to let humans AND orcs be the good guys. The fall of Arthas and the rise of Thrall are perfect for Hollywood and would save them from having to do an "alliance perspective" which, as a former horde member, I would hate.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    As for this movie...

    by ebonic_plague

    I've played the game enough to know what the hell it's all about, but I have no interest in watching a movie about the Alliance. The Alliance are the queerest bunch of QQing losers this side of Strawberry Shortcake. Whenever I see the designs for Night Elves, I hear the intro to "Dreamweaver" and am filled with the overwhelming urge to punch a unicorn.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:56 a.m. CST

    FUCK WOW!

    by Johnno

    I want to learn more about this game to film: http://tinyurl.com/2jfwjf

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Johnno

    by RokurGepta

    OMG, Thank you so much for that link, that is pretty much the funniest vid I have ever seen. thank you sir

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Didn't South Park already do this?

    by ZeroCorpse

    I bet their version was closer to the truth, anyway.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Leave out the "World of" part...

    by BV

    ...there's no reason. Just call it Warcraft, for God's sake. There WERE three games before WoW wich simply went by Warcraft 1, 2 and 3. I just don't see the point in using the "World of" aspect. I'm a huge WoW fan, but calling the movie "World of Warcraft" won't make sense to the non-WoW audience. C'mon.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Glad to hear Blizzard is calling it "Warcraft"

    by kiddae

    Maybe sites running stories about it should do the same? Especially when it's right there in the copy you're posting. Calling the movie "World Of Warcraft" would make as much narrative sense as calling Episode IV "World Of Star Wars" (or, y'know, "Episode IV".) Anyway, shame it's from an Alliance perspective - hope that's not exclusively the case. I also really REALLY hope it's not live-action.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Johnno

    by DocPazuzu

    Yes, that was a riot, and painful as well since it perfectly encapsulates exactly everything that's wrong with game-to-movie adaptations.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:15 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen that FF-

    by Lost Prophet

    and whoever said proper resident evil film is bang on- the PWS film is a fucking travesty that changed everything that amde the games good for some soft 15 rated, thrash metal soundtracked wank. I wouldn't watch part 3 even if it had Warwick Davis in it.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    "I wouldn't watch part 3...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...even if it had Warwick Davis in it." <p> Thanks for the coffee-spattered keyboard, LP.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Not world tree in pic.

    by rodgraphx

    That's Zangarmarsh!!!! Woot! OMGWTFPWNED!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST

    "Seriously, what's the overall appeal?"

    by smackfu

    That my friend, is one of those questions where in order to know the answer, it means your ass. Sort of like 'what is the Matrix?', only in this case the Red Pill makes you gain 30lbs, quit school, lose your GF, and gradually grow to accept life as being a thing where you come home from school/work, play wow until bedtime, wakeup, and go back to work.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    What's a GF ?

    by Lost Prophet

    heh

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    I'm ashamed to say

    by Lost Prophet

    I came home from the pub pissed and watched Resident Evil: Apocalypse the other night. FUCKING AWFUL. <p>I'm confused about this, was it trying to knock resident evil 2 and Nemisis together? Fucking shocking load of bollocks- with Nemesis the thinking, caring monster. And why bring Gill in at all? If you've decided that you are not going to make her the main character in the first film (an incomprehensible decision) then why include her at all. A complete soapy tit-wank of a film. <p>Everyone involved needs to be entered in the next Big Brother and be force fed dog shit for room temperature IQ'd morons to lap up. That would be just.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I don't get you guys who like elves

    by Spandau Belly

    Seriously, I'm just going to have to accept that Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Legend etc. are good, but not for me.<br><br>I hope you guys get whatever it is you want from these elf movies. I'll just wait for Neil Marshal to do Predator 3.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    "A complete soapy tit-wank of a film."

    by DocPazuzu

    You make that sound like a bad thing.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Spandau Belly

    by DocPazuzu

    A Neil Marshall Predator 3 would be fucking brilliant.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Doc P

    by Lost Prophet

    true. Maybe I should have said "sandpaper handjob". Also a Neil Marshall anything involving Sci-Fi Horror would be fucking brilliant. I'm still hoping for Alien.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    On this subject

    by Lost Prophet

    I know this isn't a resident evil tb but bear with me. <p>Resident Evil represents all that is wrong with Hollywood's attempts to adapt/ cash in on something. They see a property that has a massive core fanbase. They recognise that there is money to be made from said property. They have no understanding at all of why said property is popular, in fact they have a sort of mild contempt for said property. They buy it, and then adapt it in such a way that they think is "improving it" but really they are breaking it down and rendering it unrecognisable. End result: a complete fuck-up with all the redeeming features of a public lice infection in a brothel.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The funniest thing about you, W7...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is how thin-skinned and vain you are. You'll post what you think are withering, rapier-like attacks on people, but follow them up with cocolopezisms which amount to "And now I'm through with you tools - flame predictably away!" in the hope that we'll have been shamed into refraining from such posts, thus leaving you with the last word. When we then simply ignore your disguised pleas, your poor self-esteem makes you return anyway, time and time again. <p> What a little bitch.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I'd rather Predator 3 than Alien 5

    by Spandau Belly

    I really think a third Predator film directed by Neil Marshal could further expand on the Predator culture and tell a new story about some new hero fighting a Predator in an even more futuristic setting. I loved the whole Escape From New York feel of Predator 2 and would love to go even futher into a bleak violent future. I'd love to see Jet Li as the hero in the next one.<br><br>As for Alien 5, I actually thought Alien 3 was a logical and satisfying conclusion to the story. Alien 4 felt like the begining of a new trilogy. Weaver was playing a new character (half Ripley, half Alien DNA) and did a good job acting differently (more aggressive and more reptilian in her movements), but even though it was an alright movie, it was pointless and totally disconnected from real Alien TRILOGY. If they did Alien 5, they'd have to do something really inventive with it.<br><br>But hey, I doubt either of these films will happen, but I'd see both. I still vote for Predator 3.<br><br>BTW, I have not seen Alien Versus Predator. And nobody has advised me to see it.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    oops

    by DocPazuzu

    sorry, wrong TB

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    that's nice but...

    by redshirt

    I want Diablo III! Come on Blizzard, make the damn game!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    shitbags

    by Lost Prophet

    I meant pubic lice.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I hardly ever play videogames anymore, but...

    by rbatty024

    Blizzard is one of the few companies that can drag me back to wasting hours on the computer. I never played WoW but I was a huge fan of Warcraft II and III. While most videogames steal from other films unabashedly, Blizzard actually combines so many influences as well as original ideas that they end up with something new. Few videogames can claim to be original stories that would lend themselves to a film adaptation (one of the reasons most of the films fail). For the most part game adaptations are just a bad idea. Hell, they should just make it computer animated and let Blizzard's team make the film. Of course if that was the case then it wouldn't come out for another twenty-five years or so.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I fucking loved the first Diablo.

    by DocPazuzu

    Diablo 2, not so much. Oh, the gameplay, atmosphere and "story" themselves were ace, but I HATED the lack of a decent saving function. <p> Please fix that for Diablo 3, Blizzard.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I agree Spandau that a Predator 3 film would...

    by rbatty024

    work much better than Alien 5 or PvA 2. They've run out of ideas for the Alien films. If I had known that Alien 4 was going to be so shitty I would have given Alien 3 a little more slack. PvA feels like a cheap marketing trick, instead of an epic film drawing on two rich mythologies (as it should have been). I went into PvA hoping it was so bad it was funny, but I only laughed once of twice. It was so bad it was just boring. Predator feels as if there could be more stories, especially if they decided to go further into the future. I doubt Fox would allow a more science fiction bent in these films because they want it to appeal to the horror film audience so I don't seen anything like that happening anytime soon. Until then, these properties are dead to me.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    The ebonic_plague lives!

    by morGoth

    Glad to see you're still around mate. Still cracking me up...<p> Erm, oh yeah, I know a few people who are really into this and it seems they haven't pulled off any mass murders (that I know of) or rapes/pillages so the game can't be all bad. Still, if this movie is at all like that utterly lame-o Dungeons And Dragons, then it'll go straight to video. It definetly has a built in audience going in.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Alien3 is genuinly underrated

    by Lost Prophet

    Alien 4 is crap. I sort of want a rebooting of the series to wash away the shit stain that was Alien Resurrection. <p>Predator 3 could be great. <p>AvP on the other hand..... <p>fucking unforgivable. On every level. To put a bullet so neatly into the skull of two top class concepts is frankly staggering.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Lost Prophet

    by DocPazuzu

    I agree about Alien 3, despite its flaws. It's a film which I have come to appreciate more and more as the years have passed - not least of all after watching the superior Assembly Cut in the Quadrilogy (horrible word) Set.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Agreed, Lost Prophet, DocPaz

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Everytime the subject of Alien 3 comes up, I point out how much I really liked that movie...again, despite the flaws. That said, bring on Predator 3 forthwith, I say.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Glad to see some love for Alien 3

    by Spandau Belly

    I have yet to watch the assembly cut of Alien 3 or the Ridley Scott alternate cut of Alien. Maybe next time I watch them I'll do that. I've only watched both cuts Aliens.<br><br>I don't hate Alien 4 as much as the rest of you. I actually just watched it last week and it's an okay movie, but I think it was totally pointless still feel that the REAL Alien story was the trilogy, not the quadrilogy.<br><br>Did anybody else think Alien 4 was headed for a cliffhanger ending and then changed its mind and decided to wrap everything up? I was totally expecting the end to be Ripley arriving on Earth to see the Aliens had already beaten her there or something Planet of the Apes-ish to set up Alien 5 like they did with Terminator 3, which was also a totally pointless but well-enough made sequel.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Worst flaw of Alien 3 = theatrical cut

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    And did I mention that AvP was--was...was...excuse me...bile...is...forming...oh god...excuse me...

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I still think...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that Chris Cunningham would be the best choice for a new Alien flick. It creeps me out just thinking about Giger's designs and Cunningham's visual sense. <p> As for Terminator 3, I was expecting something far, far worse than it turned out to be. In fact, it was a hell of a lot better than it had any right to be - except for Lokken's occasional smirk, which I hated and felt was completely out of place on the face of an emotionless automaton. <p> In fact, I can think of at least one other thing which would have looked more appropriate on Lokken's face, but I digress.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Could be cool.

    by Kragmose

    A lot of visual potential, and the story is interesting. But would still prefer a Half-Life movie.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Concept Art

    by Kragmose

    Looks like Teldrassil. A motherfuckin' big tree.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Don't use the writers from Warcraft 3!

    by Thomas Cromwell

    Great game, cliched dialogue: "There's an Orc encampment over the next ridge" (Arthas) "Tremble mortals and despair" (Archimonde) and so forth. They also failed to create a single appealing Night Elf character (Tyrande: bigoted bitch, Furion: stupid old fool, Maiev: spiteful bitch, Illidan: loser) Having said that I did like Uther's line about Arthas pissing on his father's ashes. Starcraft was better (Raynor, Stukov, Tassadar, Kerrigan, Duke, the Overmind) roll on the sequel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 7:53 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean, competitive much?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Perhaps there is nothing to ultimately "win" on WoW for the endeavor, like some grand prize vacation. Is this not unlike TB?<P>Imagine, if you will, an AICN where there was more to accomplish than racking up a daily insult tally or 'first post' quota? Just imagine that.<P>People that enjoy WoW are different from you. Incidentally, they are also different from me. Let them enjoy their version of fun, as I have. Where's the harm in that?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:53 p.m. CST

    will it condemn or support the Iraq war?

    by Ikaruga

    Ha

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST

    this movie will have a black main character

    by Ikaruga

    This movie's main hero is gonna be a black guy, and no one will watch it because of this. You'll see!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Cheers, MorGoth

    by ebonic_plague

    AICN's not exactly "Cheers" but at least somebody knows my name. I see the Independence Day wallpaper is back... TOO SOON! TOO SOON!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Half-Life the movie!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    I said it before and I'll say it again: Zach Snyder directs, Gerard Butler is Gordon Freeman!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 3:56 a.m. CST

    The cut on the quadrilology

    by Lost Prophet

    makes much, much more sense than the Theatrical version. <p>With Resurrection: I think it was intended to be a torch passing film- sigourney hangs up her Alien killing guns and passes it on to Winona Ryder, who was fucking awful in that film. They just made pig's ear of it. <p>T3 was Ok, not great but OK.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    great Idea for a GAME

    by RockLobster800

    But by it merely being a video game adpatation it's in trouble...why cant they just make a fantasy epic that NOT based on popular novels or videogames? Why cant some one just get an idea already?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, it's not just a video game

    by Sigmar25

    Long ago... Warcraft started as a tactical role-playing game - the stories (like Shadows over Boldesgrad...) were really enthralling and in some stylistic ways, it was way ahead of D&D... The actual tatical game is a huge hobby in UK and growing here in the states. Sure they borrowed from Tolkein - who hasn't? Anyway, Please Moriarty, don't just call this a Video Game movie... That's really dumb.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I pay less for cable TV than...

    by vezner2007

    I would for a WoW account. Yeah, there's no way in hell that I will ever buy WoW as long as there is a monthly fee to play. Now if you want some sweet RPG action without a monthly fee, play Morrowind or Oblivion. :)

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    boo alliance

    by flynnie

    Horde ftw! I just hope this is actually good and not another stupid attempt to jump on the "fantasy is cool" bandwagon...

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    WoW rocks

    by blonde redhead

    because it is fun to play, fun to explore in--IF airport for the win!, fun to kick some motherfucker's ass when he's stealing your mobs by aoe'ing the shit out of them, etc. look for me on destro. i will not dance on any mailboxes to try and get your gold. i'd like to add that i'm also a girl who is a) not fat and b) cute and i play mostly to keep in touch with real life friends who live in NYC--i'm in LA. since i hate TV, that fifteen bucks i would have spent on a dish goes to the game. having said that? best RPG ever, ever, was knights of the old republic. lucas should have made THAT movie. will i see this movie? only if my lvl 70 blood elf rogue girl is in it.

  • Aug. 9, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Hey Vezner2007 I call bullshit on u sir...

    by masterless

    So your saying you only spend $13 a month for cable tv? Your either full of shit or only get the History channel and Oxygen. Nice try dude but you probably spend more a month on tampons than you would a warcraft account.

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