Blizzard Scores Sam Raimi On Warcraft Movie Deal

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the popular World of Warcraft online, massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORG), has signed on director Sam Raimi for an upcoming movie based on the game. According to Blizzard and Legendary Pictures, Sam Raimi--who directed the Spider-Man trilogy, plus is known for his work on the cult film The Evil Dead--will direct a major motion picture based on Warcraft. Blizzard has been working on turning its popular online game into a film for the last three years, with the help of Warner Brothers, which is funding the film. The firms also said that producer Charles Roven--who produced The Dark Knight and Batman Begins--will produce the film, with Alex Gartner, Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, along with Raimi.