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Unofficial Fan-Produced Diablo Film Reaches 7% Crowdsourcing Goal Commitment

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The fan-produced Diablo film based on the novel Diablo: Legacy of Blood by New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak is struggling to collect $17,499 in crowdsourcing funds to initiate the 20-30 minutes length production.

So far the producer has gotten 7% of the goal ($1,379). The crowdsourcing ends on July 5, 2013.

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Diablo Fan Film Launches Crowdsourcing

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Remember that spectacular French-based Diablo Fan Film production we mentioned a few weeks ago? It is still moving forward. The director, Michael Shaack, reached us to inform he launched the equivalent of Kickstarter in a french website named Ulule to fund the production of the film from pre-production to completion. Here is the crowdsourcing page. Watch the videos at the bottom of this page.

The fan-made Diablo film’s script is based on the novel titled Diablo: Legacy of Blood by New York Times Bestselling author Richard A. Knaak. The film script adaptation is written by J. Heska.

This project will only be funded if at least $17,726 are collected before July 5, 2013.

Follow Michael Shaack on Facebook for future updates.

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The donations will give you the following perks:

  • $7+ – Diablo “thank you, you will not go to hell” and regular updates on the project’s outcome.

  • $20+ – Name in the film credits and previous rewards.

  • $33+ – Link download HD movie, projection premiere with the film crew and previous rewards

  • $59+ – Overview of record pre-production (to completion and after validation of Blizzard Entertainment), a DVD (including film making of) and previous rewards.

  • $104+ – Movie Poster, and previous rewards.

  • $130+ – Ex Libris chara-design, you are credited in general credits, and previous rewards.

  • $260+ – You will not suffer at any time during the adventure. File pre-production containing the full script, storyboards, and concept art after confirmation of Blizzard Entertainment, and previous rewards.

  • $650+ – Blessing from Tyrael, you will go to heaven!, and invitation to the set, ability to participate in the filming, you are invited to observe the stages of post-production of the film (half day), and previous rewards.

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I don’t understand french language, so here’s what I got through the Google translator:

diablo-fan-film-cover“Since time immemorial, the forces of light and darkness collide in a no thank you struggle for possession of the earthly world. Angels, Demons, Men. A precarious balance. But now, the fate of all is into the hands of a mercenary.”

SYNOPSIS

Norrec Vizharan is not a lucky man. Born into a peasant family, he escaped the fate of high-ground by combining his talents lean muscles with two robbers ruins. Eking rapine in old Donj ons already visited by more seasoned competitors, his fate suddenly changes when he discovers the forgotten armor of Bartuc, the Warlord of Blood.

Armor that proves more powerful than it seems, and that wakes ambitions buried deep in his mind. But dreams of greatness, Norrec, will be difficult to achieve. Becoming the object of desire, it will face mysterious opponents servicing powerful forces, cross continents and oceans and sink into the depths of the underworld to fulfill his destiny.

Unless his greatest enemy is the armor itself, which seems to pursue its own ends …

The law of blood, a short film that takes you into the dark fantasy world of the Diablo: Legacy of Blood novel where magic, intrigue and actions form an explosive cocktail to a final breathtaking!

Film Goals

The goal is to move up a gear. We made a film fan of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the year past, which was a huge success “400 000 views” all without financial support. This time, we are determined to do what little French succeeded without big budget mini blockbuster! This film is intended for international distribution and may, if Blizzard brings us interest, leading to a feature film.

Characters

Norrac is a mercenary with a troubled past who, with two partners, supplements his income by looting the ruins in search of forgotten treasures. During one of these raids, he will discover the lost Warlord Bartuc armor. Owned by a force greater than himself, Norrac will commit a terrible deed to reach that which he cannot control. Norrac will have to experience his sense of sacrifice if he wants to save a part of his soul and break the curse …

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Bartuc Warlord of Blood and his brother Horazon

Bartuc Horazon and his brother had the privilege to be part of the caste Vizjerei and thus acquire immense power. They were all attracted by the two black magic. However, while Horazon drew on the secret arts of the conspiracy and mind control, Bartuc set its interest arcane and demonic magic. He succumbed to the greed for power and the black energy invaded her soul. He allied himself with the forces of Hell for a better understanding of necromancy, but the price was very high: bloodlust and madness.

He fought alongside the forces of Hell in the conflict known as the “war of the mage clans” and against his own brother. Despite his prowess, he lost his life. Horazon was then united with the priests of Rathma to ensure Bartuc would not be able to recover. Bartuc was cursed and beheaded, his remains separated and sealed in two different places parties.

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Kara

Kara is one of the necromancers of Rathma. It is not master in the field, however, it is extremely powerful. She always carries with it the traditional weapon Rathma an ivory dagger. It will Norrac Vizharan to cross many hardships.

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Diablo

Diablo is the youngest of the Prime Evils, but it is the most dangerous … Although he owned and easily corrupted many humans, the soul of Diablo was finally trapped in a stone and exiled in the unfathomable abyss. Unless …

What will the funding be used for?

This funding will be used entirely for a record pre-production to the huge development.

- 2800 euros for the design: definition of narrative guidance, detailed synopsis, cutting sequence for 40 working days.

- 1200 euros for development – Writing: complete writing the screenplay for a production start at 18 working days.

- 1000 euros for the correction / rewriting: refining scenario based production requirements at 15 working days.

- 700 euros for technical cutting plane to plane at 15 working days.

- 999 euros for the acquisition of software Toon Boom Storyboard is a software design storyboard and animatic 2D required for a better workflow.

- 3000 euros for the storyboard due 43 working days for a total of 450 vignettes.

- 2000 euros for the chara-design concepts and art due 29 working days for a total of 16 and 13 chara-design concepts art.

- 1250 euros for estimating the FX budget plan type FX qualification necessary, quantification of personnel, equipment and software / licenses required, prior preparation of the production team tasks for each plan on the basis 33 working days.

- 700 euros for the translation into English of the entire project (to Blizzard Entertainment for approval before production begins) at 10 working days.

A total of 13,649 euros for a pre-production estimated at 6 months of full-time work.

We also accept gold coins, precious gems and identification scrolls or teleportation.

 

Diablo Fan Film Teaser

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On June 1, 2007 — there were rumors that Gary Whitta was writing sample fiction for a Diablo movie.

Days later — on June 17, 2007, I visited the Legendary Pictures website and noticed something unusual. I posted the Legendary Pictures website had added Diablo among the “Under Development” list.

It was never revealed if this website update was a mistake. Shortly after the news circulated quickly throughout gaming websites, the Legendary Pictures website was edited and “Diablo” was erased from the upcoming films list — as if it never happened.

It’s been nigh five years since both of these headlines hit the internet circles. It’s been all rumors, smokes and mirrors. Nothing ever surfaced out of it.

In the StarCraft film front, the only thing that has come up is an MTV interview where Rob Pardo said if James Cameron wanted to make a StarCraft movie, Blizzard would sign that.

Years go by and we haven’t seen any of these movies on the big screen.

Some fans have tried to create their own fan movies. I was involved in one of such groups a few years ago. Hopefully, “StarCraft Chronicles” (CGI movie) rings a bell. It was to be produced by a croatian StarCraft Legacy/BlizzForums forum member named Kristijan Stuhli (known as Critical.Mechanism).

I was the “StarCraft Chronicles” team recruiter. At some point we had about 100 volunteers from all around the world to make it happen. Sadly, the team fell apart in the initial concept art and 3D model stage without the producer’s commitment.

I posted about StarCraft Chronicles in my brief days as a GosuGamers newsposter.

It was a damn shame to see that project crumble. Among our roster was J.J. Franzen (South Park technology supervisor), an “Everyone’s Hero” (CGI) animator, a StarCraft: Ghost artist, and Julie Loomer (Lucasfilm matte painter) — to name a few.

Fret not. I don’t know when we will see the real deal from Blizzard Entertainment and future partners, but talented fans continuously rise to develop great movies based on their favorite universes.

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Diablo Fan Film

Enter producer/director Michael Schaack. I was a bit skeptic when I read this email this morning, until I opened the two YouTube videos and got my mind blown away. If I was a bit sleepy, the excitement woke me up good.

AXIS Seven and Starlight Production teamed up with Michael Schaack to develop a Diablo Fan Film. It has real-life actors and some CGI.

Looks like the film will be based on previous Diablo novels. Including the Diablo: Legacy of Blood by Richard A. Knaak (Reprinted in the Diablo Archive book, 752 pages). That book talks about the armor of Bartuc the Warlord of Blood.

This fan film (teaser), which was inspired by the Diablo novels, was lead by a team sharing the same passion for Diablo. It was not sponsored by any production company and was completely financed by its director (me). Hoping you enjoy it. Join my channel for future updates.

Diablo Fan Film Teasers

Michael Shaack posted a video teaser to keep fans interested in the upcoming debut of the Diablo Fan Film, and another video featuring the Behind-the-Scenes “Diablo Fan Film – The Making Of”.

Producer / Director / Digital Composer / Editor – Michael Schaack (michaelmovie87@hotmail.com)

Co-producers – AXIS SEVEN (http://www.ax-7.com/) Starlight Production (http://www.starlightprod.fr/)

Actor – Yann Salim Abidi Dominique Duche

Scriptwriter – Stephane J-Heska (http://www.jheska.fr/)

Director of photography – Vitalijus Kiselius

CG surpervisor – Amaury Brunet (http://3dba.net/) “Looking for job”

Matte Painter / previs artist / moodboard creator : Rodolphe Parfait

Storyboarder – Vincent Français

Making Of – Frederic Tardieux

Forger – Dominique Duche

Sound Designer / mixing – Quentin Roudil

Music Composer – Andrew Morgan Smith (http://andrewmorgansmith.com/)

Key Grip – Laurent Wallerang

Grip / Electrician – Anthony Schaack, Pierre Bellion, Ansel Arbogast, Christophe Bertaux

Makeup FX – Thibault Franquin

Voice Recorder – Yann Jenny

Narrator / Voice – Olivier Piechaczyk

Additional Visuel Effects – Julien Bartholini, Anthony Schaack, Christophe Bertaux

English Translator – Stella Cuscé

Latin Translator – Abbe Mathieu Siebel

Special Thanks to: Treve Dance Center, Mantas Satkus, Michel Dimmer, Stephane Caboche, CNA Luxembourg, Ken Fitzke, Pierre Alt

Diablo Film Debunked?

Legendary Pictures issue a new press release announcing over $1 Billion in new film financing for its upcoming titles including World of Warcraft the movie,  Clash of the Titans, Kung Fu, The Losers (DC-Vertigo), Waterproof, The Spook’s Apprentice and Superman 2.

Blizzplanet reported a couple of weeks ago the Legendary Pictures website had updated the “In Development” section with a DIABLO film title.  Every major gaming news network echoed our headline including Slashdot, CVG Online, Kotaku, WIRED, GameTrailers, InsideMacGames, and GamePro … among others.

Twenty-four hours after Blizzplanet spotted and reported the Diablo film update, the Legendary Pictures website quickly unlisted “DIABLO”, mysteriously removing it from the “In Development” section.

Eurogamer recently contacted Blizzard to get any response about the Diablo flick rumor.  Blizzard gave “No Comment”.  It is unknown whether it was a technical mistake by the webmaster of the Legendary Pictures website or an accidental slip made earlier than planned.  Something Blizzard fans know for sure is to handle anything said by Blizzard to be taken with a grain of salt. Remember the many interviews where the answer was “There is no Starcraft II in development”?  Yeah, right!  Now we know Starcraft II has been in development since 2003.

For now there is total quiet concerning the DIABLO listing and unlisting incident.  Let’s hope BlizzCon 2007 (August 3-4) reveals anything. Another good opportunity for a press release could be Halloween.

Diablo The Movie by Legendary Pictures Confirmed

Mon, June 18

Hocus Pocus. Diablo was unlisted magically from the “In Development” section.  I tell you. It is the lesser evils playing tricks with our minds. Where is Deckard Cain when you need him to reaveal the undecipherable.

Sun, June 17

Few weeks ago, a rumor circulated the net that Gary Whitta would be working with Legendary Pictures to develop a Diablo film.  The participation of Gary Whitta hasn’t been confirmed, but surprise-surprise.  Legendary Pictures website is listing DIABLO under the “In Development” section.

No press release has been made available.  The news section has been replaced by a “Legendary 2.0 is coming soon” notice.  A week ago, the news section over at Legendary Pictures website had not been updated since Q3 2006.  Stay tuned for any updates.  A press release could be posted by them in a few days.  Diablo is coming to the big screen!

It comes to attention, this media-slip comes within a month and a half of BlizzCon 2007.  The rumor and hype is a Diablo game might be announced at the Anaheim Convention Center in August 3-4.

I have seen some feedback of fans thinking a Diablo film would suck, without giving it a try, because some previous films based on games have failed in the past few years.  However, there are two big differences setting a Diablo film apart from the rest.

1. Blizzard games are rich in lore:  In-game and via game manuals.
2. Diablo has eight pocket books (novels) to date.

You can take a look at the Game Manual lore of Diablo 1 (Action/RPG) here and Here, if you are interested. And Diablo II history from its game manual.

Among the authors of these novels are Richard A. Knaak (NYTimes Bestselling Fantasy Author) known by many fans of Dragonlance, Dragonrealms, Dungeons & Dragons; and author Mel Odon.  Diablo books written by Knaak are: Diablo: “Legacy of Blood”, “The Kingdom of Shadow”, “Moon of the Spider”, and “The Sin War”. Mel Odon was author of The Black Road.  Most of the books take place between Diablo 1 and Diablo 2 storylines.

The recent novel trilogy by Richard A. Knaak, Diablo: The Sin War reveals the origin of the world known as Sanctuary.  The events are set 3,000 years in the past.  A recent interview with Richard A. Knaak hinted the novel trilogy had ties with events of the upcoming Diablo game’s storyline. Book three of the trilogy is due on Q4 2007.  I have already read part one and two.  Very exciting read.

With all the lore backing the Diablo franchise, a Diablo film would just rock.  The Diablo film will be produced by a film studios that has proven great achievements in barely two years.  Legendary Pictures is co-produced and co-financed Frank Miller’s 300 (an epic film based of King Leonidas and the three hundred spartans),  Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins”, Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns”, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water”, and “The Ant Bully” animated film.

Upcoming releases by Legendary Pictures are “World of Warcraft the Movie”, Paradise Lost”, “Clash of the Titans”, and “Superman 2” to name a few.

I could compare a Diablo film adaptation with elements of “300” and “The Prophecy” (starred by Christopher Walken).  A Diablo film adaptation has potential to be one of the best fantasy/horror films.

Share with other fans your ideal Diablo Casting crew at our Diablo forums

If you aren’t sensitive to spoilers you can read a brief summary of Diablo: The Sin War book one and two over at wikipedia.

Thanks, Harrogathhero and tRaDiNgYo.@Lordaeron

Diablo on the Big Screen? Film by Gary Whitta

There is a rumor circulating the net that Gary Whitta is writing a sample fiction or screenplay for a Diablo and Starcraft Film.  It is not official, as no press releases have been issued out to the media by Blizzard Entertainment. The rumor is Gary Whitta and Legendary Pictures might develop a Diablo Film. Again, not official nor confirmed.

I found this at worthplaying and at the HollywoodReporter, at the bottom of the page.

Few years ago, Blizzard Entertainment halted a Vin Diesel film with a lawsuit for using the title “El Diablo”.  The film titled was changed to “A Man Apart”.  Blizzard holds trademark over “Diablo” for films and games.

On Gary Whitta’s homepage there is a piece of sample fiction written for Blizzard Entertainment titled STARCRAFT: THREE BATTLES, which basically was written as a test of how a Starcraft novels can be brought into the big screen. There is the precedent that he has submited works for Blizzard. As usual time will tell if this is just rumor or true.

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