With director Sam Raimi no longer involved with the next Spider-Man project, it's possible Warcraft's feature-length adaptation could be moving forward a few years ahead of schedule. While those details are still being worked out behind-the-scenes in Hollywood, two Blizzard Entertainment executives couldn't help but speculate about what's in store for the Warcraft movie at DICE 2010.
You might be surprised at their expectations for the movie.
"When I think about the Warcraft movie," said Blizzard VP of product development and co-founder Frank Pearce in an interview with me last week, "if it's a really cool movie with really cool effects, really cool story that is built in the foundation of the Warcraft lore and enhances the Warcraft lore and exposes the cool stuff that we've created to more people, that's great."
You might notice I haven't used the name World of Warcraft to identify the movie. That's because Raimi's production isn't necessarily based on World of Warcraft's narrative specifically. Based on what we do know about the Warcraft movie so far, it's borrowing from the entire Warcraft universe.
The lead producer on World of Warcraft, J. Allen Brack, agreed with Pearce's sentiment.
"I would just be content with a movie I enjoyed watching, that would feel hugely successful to me," said Brack. "In the litany of films that have come before, particularly video game films, the ones that have been not great are many and the ones are great are very few. I would just be happy with something that I enjoy watching."
Despite the success of World of Warcraft, Blizzard seems to have their ego in check. What about you?