So what happened with Sam Raimi and the Warcraft movie?
Sam Raimi, the man behind such epic classics as Evil Dead: 1,2 and Army of Darkness, Darkman and the previous Spider Man Trilogy, has spoken out about his time working on the World of Warcraft movie with Blizzard, suggesting that the publishing giant was a pain in the neck to work with.
Nowadays, Raimi is off the project, with Duncan Jones, the guy behind Source Code and Moon, directing. But he still has some things to say about the way it went down.
“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,'” said Raimi. “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 [the script writer] Robert [Rodat], 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 realise 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.”
Ultimately Raimi said he just surprised Blizzard didn’t tell him sooner that it had a problem with the script.