Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
The 2014 Christmas Gift Guide
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
The Teaser Trailer For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Arrives
Time to wake up...
The First Full Trailer For Shaun The Sheep The Movie
Shaun: Sheep In The City
Podcast #139: Hugh Bonneville, The Horrible Bosses Boys
(That's Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, by the way)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
10 November 2014
Sam Raimi's Evil Dead TV Series Lives
Ash returns... to the small screen
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Seventh Son
27 March 2015
In The Heart Of The Sea
13 March 2015
World Of Warcraft
11 March 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Oz The Great and Powerful
Empire Star Rating
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Empire Star Rating
The Express (2008)
Empire Star Rating
10,000 BC (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Charles Leavitt Plays World Of Warcraft
New screenwriter subscribes

03 August 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Charles Leavitt Plays World Of Warcraft

A new player has just logged into the long-developing World Of Warcraft movie. With Sam Raimi revealing at Comic-Con that his Oz: The Great And Powerful duties had forced him to drop the project, Legendary Pictures have decided they might as well make it all-change at the top. Hence, a new Warcraft screenplay from Charles Leavitt.

Last we heard, a script was being hammered out by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), but whether Leavitt will be continuing his work or starting entirely from scratch is unclear. Leavitt turned heads at Legendary with his work on Seventh Son, based (very loosely) on Joseph Delaney's kids' fantasy novel The Spook's Apprentice. Legendary will be hoping he can work similar magic with the Alliance and the Horde.

World Of Warcraft, should you somehow be unaware, is a multiplayer online fantasy role-playing game, currently being played by about nine million subscribers. It's already spun-off into board games, trading card games, comics and novels, and while its proprietors Blizzard Entertainment have resisted movie options on their other properties, they clearly feel this one is a no-brainer. 

"It's important to Blizzard and it's important to me," says company honcho Bobby Kotick. "We're very excited about a World Of Warcraft film. We've been very careful and thoughtful about the development process."

It's a while away yet though: with Raimi gone it's obviously in need of a director, and Variety believes the very earliest we could possibly see World Of Warcraft in theatres would be 2014. In the meantime, Seventh Son, directed by Sergey Bodrov and starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, is out in October next year.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Dredd Poster Online
Prepare for Urban warfare
Hugh Laurie May Be Robocop's Villain
UPDATE: He's no longer in talks

Your Comments

Kotick...
Kotick has absolutely no idea what customers want. The amount of insults he's given to the games industry and the people who pay his wages is almost criminal. The only thing I see here is Kotick thinking about how World of Warcraft has earned him BILLIONS and how he can further his career by making a movie of that franchise. I just can't see it being anything else than an absolute bucket of poo, although I really really hope im wrong. The sad thing is, it will be a "success" rega More

Posted by mafiaingrid at 16:55 on 03 August 2012 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!
Get 6 months of Empire for just £20 and not only receive the world's greatest movie magazine and exclusive subscriber covers but you'll also receive up to 50% off restaurants nationwide and more with a free Gourmet Society Membership worth £64.99!Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
12 Must-Pause Moments From The Star Wars Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
What you may have missed, the 17th time around...

Watch Now: The Teaser Trailer For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Arrives
Your first glimpse of JJ Abrams' tour de Force

Director Paul King On Paddington, The BBFC And The Possibilty Of A Sequel
Exclusive: Empire sits down with the man behind the year’s nicest surprise

Empire's Jurassic World Trailer Tour
Updated: Director Colin Trevorrow guides us through the first trailer

Vote Now: The Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Tell us your favourite films and stars of the year

The Gift Guide 2014: 50 Must-Have Items This Christmas
Box sets, hardware, clothing, books and stocking fillers to buy

Empire's Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Covers
Five armies. Five covers. The eagles, dwarves, elves, men and orcs prepare for battle in our Peter Jackon guest-edited issue

Subscribe to Empire magazine
6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)