Blizzard vetoed the World of Warcraft film script, says director Sam Raimi

Blizzard vetoed the script for the World of Warcraft movie penned by writer Robert Rodat and director Sam Raimi, and this is part of the reason why Raimi didn't stay on the project as director, according to an interview published on Vulture.

In the interview, Raimi explains how he was approached to make a World of Warcraft film, his desire to make his own original story for the movie, and how things fell through.

"...I read a screenplay they had that was written by the guys at [Warcraft developer] Blizzard, and it didn't quite work for me," Raimi says. "I told them I wanted to make my own original story with Robert, so we pitched it to Legendary [the production company] and they accepted it, and then we pitched it to Blizzard, and they had reservations, but they accepted it.

"Then Robert wrote the screenplay, and only once he was done did we realize that Blizzard had veto power, and we didn't know that. And they had never quite approved the original story we pitched them. Those reservations were their way of saying, 'We don't approve this story, and we want to go a different way,' so after we had spent nine months working on this thing, we basically had to start over."

According to Raimi, Rodat did start over, but by this point it had taken too long and Blizzard had run out of patience. "Honestly, I think it was mismanagement on their behalf, not to explain to us that the first story was vetoed long ago," Raimi says. "Why did they let us keep working on it? Were they afraid to tell me?"

The complete interview with Raimi where he talks about Oz the Great and Powerful and other films he worked on that never came to fruition can be read here.

Blizzard announced back in January that Source Code director Duncan Jones will be directing the World of Warcraft film.

We have reached out to Blizzard for comment.

More from Polygon

Enemy Starfighter: Homeworld from inside a fighter

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay trailer

  • Diablo 3 - Xbox One vs. PC comparison

  • Hearthstone - Military Quarter gameplay video

  • Elite: Dangerous Overview video

Latest Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.