Directed bySam Raimi
Produced byRobert G. Tapert
Chris Metzen
Charles Roven
Sam Raimi
Alex Garnter
Thomas Tull
Jon Jashni
Joshua Donen
Written byRobert Rodat
Chris Metzen
StudioLegendary Pictures
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates(s)Expected release 2011
CountryUnited States
BudgetExpected upwards of $100 million

Warcraft is an upcoming fantasy epic based on the Warcraft series and set on the world of Azeroth.


The film was originally set in the era of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. This was scrapped, however, as there were notions that it would be too similar to Lord of the Rings and that Warcraft had reached its current level of popularity through its MMORPG, rather than the previous RTS games.[1]

As such, the movie is set one year before World of Warcraft and will primarily told from the Alliance's point of view, though Metzen says his heart lies with the Horde. Characters such as Cairne Bloodhoof, Thrall, Sylvanas Windrunner, and Bolvar Fordragon are likely to make appearances. Arthas is unlikely to appear.[1] At BlizzCon 2007, Chris Metzen said that the main character is set to be a new hero described as a "kick-ass Human" and an "Anti-Thrall".[2][3] This new character in the movie is not same one as in the comic (now known to be Varian Wrynn).[4]

Metzen also stated clearly that lore would be bent for the sake of the film, Varian Wrynn might have a twin.[3]

Interestingly enough, the film is described as the "first film", raising obvious possibilities as to future installments.[3]

Concept art of Teldrassil was released in relation to the film, hinting that at least some of the film takes place there, and perhaps by extension, in Darnassus.

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Director - Sam Raimi[5]

Executive Producer - Robert Tapert[5]
Co-Producer - Chris Metzen[5]
Producer - Charles Roven[5]
Producer - Sam Raimi[5]
Producer - Alex Gartner[5]
Producer - Thomas Tull[5]
Producer - Jon Jashni[5]
Producer - Joshua Donen[5]
Writer - Robert Rodat[6]


No cast members have been officially attached yet. For fan speculation, see suggested Warcraft movie actors ideas.


In a May 9, 2006 press release, Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures (makers of Batman Begins and 300) announced that they will develop a live-action film set in the Warcraft universe. Legendary Pictures has acquired the movie rights for the game universe, and both companies are now focused on translating the Warcraft experience to the big screen. Read more about it in the press release.[7]

The live-action film was set for release in 2009,[8] but is not likely to make release in 2009 based on quotes from Blizzard president Mike Morhaime.[9] It has a current tenuous release date of 2011.[10]

On July 22, 2009, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Sam Raimi would become the Warcraft movie director. Sam Raimi is the famed director for the blockbuster series, Spider-Man, and has generated 5 Academy Awards nominations in his career. Raimi also wrote and directed the cult classic The Evil Dead and its two sequels, and produced 30 Days of Night. He also recently wrote and directed the thriller Drag Me To Hell. In addition to film, Raimi has worked in television, producing such fantasy series as Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.[5]

Uwe Boll attempted to apply for the job of director, from which Blizzard CEO Paul Sams replied "We will not sell the movie rights, not to you…especially not to you."[11]

According to IMDB, the manuscript writer will be Chris Metzen. (Jesse Wigutow was mentioned, but has been removed).[12] IMDB information on pre-release movies should be taken as suspect, though. IMDB generally only removes false information if someone reports it.

According to Mike Morhaime, there is a draft script.[9] Chris Metzen mentioned that the film will be action-packed and violent, stating "We're definitely not going to make a G or a PG version of this. It's not PillowfightCraft."[8]



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