Raimi's Warcraft movie stuck behind Oz prequel

Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi

The Warcraft film got a boost earlier in the year, when attached director Sam Raimi dropped the fourth Spider-Man movie in order to concentrate on the Legendary Pictures interpretation. But, the world is all swings and roundabouts, and Raimi has recently confirmed that he’s put Warcraft on the back-burner, so that he can concentrate on a Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great And Powerful.

Raimi apparently signed up for the new film in June of this year, leading to a heavy-weight battle to see which of his two potential blockbusters would be focussed on first. Unfortunately for gamers, it looks like Sam might have chosen Disney – with the company expecting him to start production in 2011.

The project is being touted as the next big 3D family event, following in the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland. Robert Downey Junior has been approached for the title character – nothing confirmed yet, but it’s “looking good” after a lukewarm start.

With L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz now in the public domain, Hollywood is buzzing with a number of remakes, adaptations and interpretations – in addition to Disney’s version, Universal Pictures are working on turning musical Wicked into a film, and New Line / Warner Bros were working on a version themselves, until Guillermo del Toro turned it down.

Warcraft Movie concept art: The World Tree

Warcraft Movie concept art: The World Tree

So – sorry, Warcraft fans, we might be waiting a little while longer before we see Blizzard‘s handiwork appearing on the silver screen.


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