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Warcraft Movie Announced, May 2006 April 16th, 2007

Come May 8th 2006 Bliz­zard Enter­tain­ment made an announce­ment that their War­craft franchise/universe would be adapted into a sil­ver screen fea­ture length movie. Leg­endary Pic­tures, a rel­a­tively new pro­duc­tion com­pany behind Super­man Returns and Bat­man Begins, are to develop the live action film with dis­tri­b­u­tion likely falling  to Warner Broth­ers as part of an exist­ing agreement.

Paul Sams, chief oper­at­ing offi­cer for Bliz­zard had this to say, “We searched for a very long time to find the right stu­dio for devel­op­ing a movie based on one of our game uni­verses. Many com­pa­nies approached us in the past, but it wasn’t until we met with Leg­endary Pic­tures that we felt we’d found the per­fect part­ner. They clearly share our high stan­dards for cre­ative devel­op­ment, and because they under­stand the vision that we’ve always strived for with our War­craft games, we feel there isn’t a bet­ter stu­dio out there for bring­ing the War­craft story to film.

Whilst Thomas Tul, CEO of leg­endary pic­tures stated,  “One of our goals at Leg­endary Pic­tures has been to bring heroic sto­ries to life in ground­break­ing ways, and it’s inspir­ing to work with a com­pany such as Bliz­zard that takes that approach with each of its prod­ucts. The War­craft uni­verse is pos­sessed of such a rich mythol­ogy and, as such, serves as an ideal plat­form as we go about trans­lat­ing that uni­verse into what we intend to be a major event film.

With regards to the adap­ta­tion, Leg­endary Pic­tures’ Jon Jashni said, “We are intend­ing to approach this as we would the adap­ta­tion of a best-selling novel: respect the essence of all that it is but also build upon that fer­tile base while trans­lat­ing it into a new medium.

The offi­cial announce­ment can be found here.

As of the moment IMDB has penned a 2008 release date which is of course sub­ject to change.

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