No one said making a Warcraft movie was going to be easy. Turning any video game into a big screen adaptation is fraught with peril. Just look at the list of video-game-to-movie casualties: Super Mario Bros, Max Payne, Street Fighter, I could go on. But turning a video game with no centralized story and over 10 million avid fans into a movie franchise seems nigh-on-impossible.
It seems Legendary Pictures boss has realized this, and is seeking to approach the WoW movie with caution and care. In a recent interview with /Film, Thomas Tull explained the difficulty of adapting a MMORPG for the silver-screen:
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. So for us, it's that we don't know how to make a movie out of Warcraft, the video game. It's the incredible story, the war, and these races, and everything these guys at Blizzard have come up with. They have 100 books, and just this incredibly rich world that they've created.
It seems Tull and director will certainly be taking their time with developing the story. He continued:
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 go, "This guy gets it."
This probably means World of Warcraft will not stick to the production schedule previously suggested by producer Charles Roven. He claimed the WoW movie could start filming as early as 2014, but with Legendary taking a slow and tentative approach, we might not visit Azeroth until late 2014.
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