Luke Plunkett writes:
Update on the World of Warcraft movie! Last we heard, people were working on scripts. No we hear things aren't even at that stage.
"We've been through a number of story meetings, and we're still kind of getting it together with [director Sam] Raimi and his team and jamming on themes that we want to chase", Blizzard creative chief Chris Metzen tells VG247. 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."
As for how closely the film will align with the game's extensive canon, Metzen says "The games are always going to be the core canon 'franchise' or whatever, but looking at things like Spider-man or X-men or films we've seen over time, especially based on ideas that have been around a long time – since the 60s, or whatever – it's kind of like a new expression. We're still dealing with how 'canon' will [the film] be. And I don't have a great answer for that yet, but I think the game side will always be the core experience of what Warcraft is."
"My intention with the feature is that it is as close as possible to what people have experienced and what they know of our canon, but we'll have to see the way it plays out. And I don't mean that facetiously – we're still trying to figure it out."
Fans dying for a look at the project will be bummed to hear it's still in the "inside people's heads" stage, but on the bright side, at least they're taking their time with it all, and taking it seriously! More video game properties could have done with this much forethought.