Warcraft: The Rise of The Lich King (2011)

Director: Sam Raimi

U.S. Opening Date: TBA 2011


An epic fantasy/adventure based on the popular video game series.

His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice - his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft.

But it was not always so.

Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner'zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland.

Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe is a rich fantasy setting that revolves around the epic conflict between the opposing forces of the Horde and the Alliance. Since its debut in 1994, Warcraft has developed a loyal following across the globe, with several bestselling, award-winning PC games and a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more. World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment's subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Warcraft universe, is the most popular game of its kind in the world.

Its most recent expansion, "Wrath of the Lich King," is the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with more than 2.8 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and more than 4 million in its first month.


Most movies based on videogames are, well, shite. However, now that director Sam Raimi has signed on one is more hopeful for a movie adaptation of this hugely popular, sprawling online game. Sam Raimi of course directed the Evil Dead movies (including Army of Darkness) and the Spiderman trilogy. His most recent flick was the excellent horror flick Drag Me to Hell. Rumors have it that Raimi will probably start working on Warcraft: The Rise of the Lich King now that Spider-man 4 has fallen through.

Good news indeed. Still, this movie project was announced as long ago as 2006 and they only got round to hiring a director in 2009. It might just end up spending yet more time in development hell as far as we know . . .




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