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'World of Warcraft' movie summons a new screenwriter

Legendary hires new scribe, but Warcraft movie still LFD.

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

World of Warcraft movie taps Charles Leavitt to adapt.

Legendary Pictures has tapped a new screenwriter in its attempt to bring Blizzard's World of Warcraft to the silver screen. Charles Leavitt is now grinding away at a new script for the proposed Warcraft film, according to an update from Variety.

Leavitt is credited with writing the screenplay to films like Blood Diamond and K-PAX. Leavitt has also contributed to the screenplay of Legendary's forthcoming The Seventh Son, which is based on the dark fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles.

Previously, screenwriter Robert Rodat was attached to adapt World of Warcraft. Rodat, who instead moved on to write the screenplay for Thor: The Dark World, is perhaps best known for his work on Saving Private Ryan. An earlier version of World of Warcraft's screenplay was penned by Gary Whitta, writer for Telltale's The Walking Dead, screenwriter of The Book of Eli, and former PC Gamer editor-in-chief.

In July, Sam Raimi confirmed that he was no longer attached to direct the World of Warcraft movie, which he signed on to oversee in 2009. Legendary Pictures has not announced his successor or a release date.

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