It’s been ages since I remember hearing about this property being made into a movie. The last time I heard anything, I believe Sam Raimi was attached to direct, but that was like six years ago, which equates to forevers ago in Hollywood time. So I thought it was all but shut down in recent years, but now they’re moving forward with Duncan Jones, the dude who directed Source Code and Moon. He’s apparently taking this as a challenge to create the best video game adaptation ever, which honestly isn’t a goal you earn any merit badges for. If making the best video game adaptation goal was an animal, it would be a panda. They’d wipe out their own species if left to their own device. But still, good on him for bringing some level of ambition with him.
Speaking of pandas, this game got an expansion set recently and it’s going as strong as a MMORPG possibly can in this economic climate. But the fact of the matter is, it’s not what it used to be (not in terms of quality, but popularity) and it’s gambling everything on waning interests. It’s being developed by Legendary Pictures, which is tied to Warner Brothers so I’m wondering if they’re digging through some shelves to see what they could possibly throw at Disney to stay in competition in case the Justice League thing goes awry. I’m not even sure WoW players have any interest in this project, considering their interest in the game doesn’t necessarily translate to their interest in a movie about their favorite game.
The one advantage they have is that it already comes with tons of rich narratives that they can easily adapt into a script. Having said that, they can just market this as the next Lord of the Rings (though The Hobbit is officially the next Lord of the Rings, I suppose) with the added advantage of name recognition. The key here will be to not be lured in by the expansive world and limit the scope of the story so you’re not spreading the plot too thin. Also, do not cave into the hardcore fans’ wants and needs because they will always complain about the final product no matter the quality.
The budget for the movie is said to be about 100 million, so clearly they’re gunning for another successful franchise under their belt. I hope this gamble pays off and they stay on course to give Disney a run for their money.
Written by Daniel Lee