Since the first Evil Dead movie, Sam Raimi's proven to be a very resourceful and inventive director, and he’s certainly come a long way since his low budget horror days.
At one point, he was even up to direct the big screen version of World of Warcraft, and he would have been a great choice to helm it.
Unfortunately, Raimi won’t be heading a World of Warcraft movie, which is a shame. We’re still waiting for the great video game movie, and Raimi really could have delivered something pretty wild, maybe even the video game movie that would finally turn the genre around. He’s been replaced by Duncan Jones (Source Code), a good director in his own right, but the mind boggles what Raimi could have done with it.
In fact, as Raimi told Vulture and Collider, "I bet that if anyone can do a great job with it, it’s him." As to why Raimi isn’t directing Warcraft himself, Raimi explained that Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) was working on the script. When Raimi was first approached about making the movie, he said, "I love World of Warcraft, and I think it would make a great picture."
Raimi wanted to do his own original take on the franchise with Rodat, but Blizzard wasn’t so sure about Raimi’s vision.
"They had reservations, but they accepted it."
While Raimi and Rodat were working away, they didn’t realize the company had veto power over the story, and they wanted to go in a different direction.
"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."
It’s also short sighted for Blizzard to let this fall through, especially with talent like Raimi and Rodat attached. They could definitely offer a new and unique vision to Warcraft, and bring it to life on the big screen in an amazing way. Duncan Jones should indeed deliver a good version of Warcraft, but Raimi really could have been something else.
Either way, at least the movie’s on the right track with unique filmmakers when Blizzard very easily could have hired a hack to make something bland and run of the mill. We’ll definitely keep an eye on this one for sure, and we’re eager to see if it could finally turn video game movies around for good.