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Goddammit Leroy: Warcraft Film Lands Director

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | January 31, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | January 31, 2013 |

I have played a decent amount of video games in my life, but I’m a single player snob. I have found little to interest me in the world of multiplayer games. That’s almost entirely because I want story, end stop. A game that isn’t driven by story is to me just an elaborate game of minesweeper. But it’s also because multiplayer games involve socially interacting with other people. If I wanted social interaction, I wouldn’t be wearing my fancy sweat pants now would I? Those are saved for me and my pixels.

So I can feel the indifference pounding through my veins over the rumors of a Warcraft movie that have been circling for the last few years, including the attachment of Sam Raimi to said film until he dropped out to do that whole Evil Dead thing. Yesterday it was announced that Duncan Jones will be directing the film, which is now slated for a 2015 release. Jones has some genre credibility after Source Code, so there just has to be something better than this for him to be doing.

Uwe Boll, the man singlehandedly responsible for setting back to goal of a good video game movie by a quarter century, started expressing his interest in being involved (I assume by some sort ritualistic use of urine) a few years ago. To Blizzard’s credit, and probably because they have more money than any movie studio anyway, they released an official statement saying “We will not sell the movie rights, not to you… not ever to you.” And that makes me love them a little more.

There is absolutely no word yet on what the actual plot of the film will be, though I assume it involves orcs, magic, and battles. So, they’re going to owe Peter Jackson some residuals.

Look, there’s no reason that there can’t be a great video game movie, anymore than there couldn’t be a great comic book movie. But great movies require great stories, and so there will never be a great video game movie until the games with actual stories start being adapted.

Here an early sneak peak of the trailer:

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.