In past months, Mila Kunis has teased at the Jimmy Kimmel Show and MTV her deep interest in landing a role in the upcoming World of Warcraft film.
It seems Mila Kunis’ wishes are closer than ever to turning into reality with the wave of a magic wand — pun intended.
The internet is abuzz with the word that Sam Raimi is in discussions with Mila Kunis to land a role as the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz the Great and Powerful. That’s epic. Sam Raimi is the director of the World of Warcraft film.
Devin Faraci from Badass Digest recently chatted with Duncan Jones, director of Moon (2009) and Sourcecode (2011). Duncan admitted to be a hardcore gamer and commented he is jealous of Sam Raimi, the director of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft film — who recently signed in to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The Moon director expressed an interest in directing an adaptation of World of Warcraft.
“I’m hugely jealous of Sam Raimi,” Jones told me. “I really believe World of Warcraft could be the launch of computer games as good films. And from the little I’ve read of interviews with him the way he’s approaching it makes so much sense. It’s what I was talking about – it’s not worrying about how the game plays, it’s about creating the world of the game and investing the audience in that world.”
It’s unlikely for Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment to dismiss Sam Raimi. However, not long ago Sam Raimi departed the Spiderman 4 production, and Sony made the bold decision to reboot the franchise.
Not everything is set in stone when it comes to film productions, and Duncan Jones seems to be eager to be noticed.
Mila Kunis said during a video interview with MTV News that she deleted World of Warcraft from her laptop to keep her addiction to the MMO under control while on the road.
Her World of Warcraft account is still open, and she can play the game at home whenever she wishes, but for traveling purposes she will rather focus on her career commitments. A little bit of self-control ain’t that bad.
The host, Josh Horowitz, asked Mila Kunis if she would join the cast of Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft film. She is totally into that.
“Hell yeah! I would do it, of all things,” she exclaimed and then addressed what type of role she’d want. “I don’t know if I would want to be a big character in it,” she said. “But I would totally want to run around as a little mage. Like a kick-ass mage. With pigtails? Mmmmm… Awesome!”
Along with Mila Kunis, there are other celebrities who have pointed out in public their interest in joining the cast of the upcoming World of Warcraft film: Adrianne Curry, Brandon Routhe, and Michelle Morrow. (links to our interviews with the actors attached)
Rob Pardo told MTV that Blizzard Entertainment has always wanted to bring its franchises to the silver screen, but they first need to find the right production team.
Rob Pardo thinks a Starcraft film could be possible with someone like James Cameron leading the project. He is currently involved in the sequel to the box office success Avatar. Check it out at MTV.
“We’ve always had an interest in seeing our stuff on film or TV. It’s just tricky to find the right partners. We probably could have made a ['StarCraft'] movie or something on TV years and years ago, but it’s really important to us that we find creative people that are really talented but also really excited about our properties. That’s always been the challenge for us. I think if Jim Cameron came to us tomorrow and said, ‘You want to make a ‘StarCraft’ movie?’ we’d probably sign that.”
Empire interviewed Hollywood actor Brandon Routh (Superman Returns star) at the San Diego Comic Con 2010 and asked him about the World of Warcraft film.
Brandon Routh admitted he met Sam Raimi at a party a month ago (on June 2010). Both talked about their addictions to playing World of Warcraft, and about Routh’s interest in a role.
“I met Sam Raimi a month ago actually at a party Edgar Wright had, and he was very sweet, very nice, and we talked a little bit about our addictions to Warcraft. We’ll see what happens when they get it up and running.”
I have always thought Brandon Routh would do a great Blood Elf, donning some pointy ears. Who knows? He might play the role of Kael’Thas Sunstrider if the script had the character.
For the role of Sylvanas Windrunner, we already heard from Michelle Morrow, during our interview, she was interested in the role.
Production of the World of Warcraft film is still a ways off, but it’s a matter of time before we learn whether any of these actors get their heart’s desire.
TheCollider had the opportunity to talk with film director Sam Raimi at the red carpet of The 35th Saturn Awards, where mostly he just talked about World of Warcraft. Pretty much the first time since he signed up as the Warcraft movie director (7.21.2009) that he talks this much on this topic.
Among the random topics he talked about we have answers to the recent rumors about The Hobbit and Oz.
He loves the script of Oz, the Great and Powerful, but he’s not really committed to it yet.
The rumors about The Hobbit are just that: rumors.
Raimi loves working creatively with Thomas Tull, a WoW player himself, and Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros.
Sam Raimi: “I’ve been reading scripts, been reading books. I’ve been doing work with Robert Rodat on the treatment for the movie of WORLD OF WARCRAFT, and that’s coming along very well.
The rumors I don’t follow that much, but the reviews, good or bad, I live and die for. I really want people to like the movies, and if they don’t, it’s a real bummer. I’m thrilled when they like them. I don’t follow the rumors too much.
Right now, I’m not really committed to OZ. We’ll have to wait to see how that all goes. I did read it and I love the script and think it’s a great project. It’s something I would like to become involved with.
I love the visual world that the guys over at Blizzard have created. It’s incredibly, engrossingly terrifying and exciting. I like their use of scale and the giant monsters that they have. I love the different landscapes that your character can move through.
I like the personal interactions that you have with other players online. There are so many aspects about the game that I really enjoy. Like the sword battles, the performing spells. Learning new spells, getting to the next level.
We’re still working on the story right now. We have a 40-page document that needs more work. But every draft gets better and better. We’re finding the characters, and through the characters we’re finding the story. And the angle, there is no real angle on it. We’re trying to create realistic characters that can live in the world of WARCRAFT, as though you were in the game itself, in one of its environments, and have that interaction with those great mythical, iconic characters.
There are so many characters in the game that we’re really trying to pull out the most exciting and different characters of the game. It’s so overwhelming. It’s a real big universe. There are so many worlds, in fact, and characters, I don’t think we could touch on them all satisfactorily.
So we are trying to choose the characters that are interesting, and play a part in our drama that we’re developing.
I had a level 29 shaman that somebody deleted by accident. Now I’ve worked a new character all the way up to level 72. That’s how big of a fan I am. I’ve spent that many days in the world of Warcraft.
The studio is very enthusiastic. It’s Legendary Pictures. Tomas Tull is running Legendary. He’s a great fan of the game itself. He really produces good-quality pictures, and he wants to make a top-quality movie. That’s his only concern. So he’s very excited about the process. I love working with him.
I really love working with World of Warcraft. It’s still a long ways away. It’s only a 40-pages story. I really want to direct the picture, but it’s possible that a film that is ready to make could come in. I mean, I haven’t seen it yet. I love making movies. The development process is a little less interesting to me, but it’s something you have to do if you want to start something from scratch. That’s what we did with World of Warcraft.”
Recent speculation circled around the web after Guillermo del Toro left The Hobbit’s director’s seat. Sam Raimi was interested in that film back on 2007, according to an interview by EW Online. Chances are now that Guillermo del Toro stepped down, he might give it a thought.
However, just out of the oven, The Vulture Blog (New York Magazine) claims to have inner knowledge that Sam Raimi was approached to direct Oz, the Great and Powerful, a Disney film written by Mitchell Kapner and produced by Joe Roth.
It is unclear if Sam Raimi will accept Disney’s proposal.
Chris Metzen told VG247 the WarCraft film script is basically a work in progress, so don’t expect to watch it at a cinema any time soon. Boo aside, the Vice-president of Creative Development wants the story to feel right and to leverage expectations of those who have played WarCraft games.
On the bright side, fans can tell from experience that when a Blizzard game takes long in the making and goes to several iterations, the end product is worth the wait. If the father of the WarCraft mythos wants the film’s story to be the best it can possibly be, then we can wait and trust him. You can read two more questions about the WarCraft film here.
Are you spending a considerable amount of time on the Sam Raimi-directed Warcraft film?
Chris Metzen: I wouldn’t say “considerable” at all just yet. We’ve been through a number of story meetings, and we’re still kind of getting it together with Raimi and his team and jamming on themes that we want to chase. We’re kinda getting a lot of values together – what kind of story we want to tell, what do we want people to feel, what is the best way to look at this big franchise. We had had some script iterations previous to Raimi coming on board that were cool, that had some really good bits – sometimes a little too overcooked or a little too undercooked. We’re still trying to feel out that space, so as he came in he wanted to have fresh eyes and look at the content of Warcraft in such a way as to dig out what will most people feel: “Oh, I get it, that matches my expectations when I played.”
You can aim the camera in a hundred different directions in a place like Warcraft so it’s kind of finding that right one. But in terms of division of time, or whatever, it doesn’t take up a tremendous amount of time these days. It’s really just strategic phone calls or strategic meetings from time to time until things really get moving on the Hollywood side.
There has been quite a lot of buzz around the net that Sam Raimi might direct the revamped film adaptation of The Shadow. It was a crime-fighting vigilante radio drama back in the 1930s featured in comic books, newspaper comic strips, television and videogames.
Last time this character appeared on the big screen was with Alec Baldwin in 1994. Sam Raimi has wanted the rights of The Shadow since late 1980s, but things didn’t work out. Thus he created a film in 1990 which resembled The Shadow. He directed Darkman.
The film websites around the net have gone red alert with speculation that Sam Raimi will direct this The Shadow film. This fits with what Robert Tapert said earlier. That Sam Raimi might take on a small film. According to Robert Tapert, the Warcraft film is still in the outline/story/script phase.