The long awaited, oft-rumored World of Warcraft movie finally seems to be out of development hell – with Blizzard even comfortable enough to tweet a release date.
Currently scheduled for a December 18th, 2015 release, the project was first announced in 2006 in collaboration with Legendary Pictures and has since had a troubled time moving forward with production.
The first script for the movie was drafted by Gary Whitta, which was subsequently scrapped by director Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Spartacus) when he took over, only to later leave the project himself.
The movie; which is currently in pre-production, is rumored to be based on Arthas Menethil. Introduced in Warcraft III, (*SPOILER*) the once righteous Crown Prince of Lordaeron and Knight of the Silver Hand goes on to become the Lich King’s Champion and one of the most formidable foes the living inhabitants of Azeroth would ever face (*SPOILER*).
A short teaser was also supposedly shown at this year’s Comic-Con behind closed doors as confirmation that the project is very much alive.
With Blizzard’s own Chris Metzen on writing duties, Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, K-Pax) on screenplay and Duncan Jones (of Source Code fame) helming the project, the future for the Warcraft movie doesn’t look as bleak anymore. The cast; although currently unconfirmed, is rumored to include Colin Farrell (Phone Booth, Total Recall), Paula Patton and Anton Yelchin. Travis Fimmel (who plays Ragnar Lothbrok in the TV show ‘Vikings’) is also rumored to have a role in the upcoming movie.
As information regarding the movie is beginning to surface more and more after nearly 6 years of no developments, those who’re not as skeptical about movie tie-ins should remain hopeful about the project eventually seeing the light of day.