World of Warcraft/Starcraft Theme Parks Coming Soon?

Update: I was wrong, apparently there is video of construction. Looks like this theme park is actually happening.

Reports have begun to spread that a new theme park is being developed for China called JoyLand. But since there is no photos of actual construction, I’m a bit skeptical about the whole project. According to the official website, the new park will feature lavish World of Warcraft and StarCraft themed areas, and that the park is planning to open in May 2011. At this point in time there should be a lot of photos of construction, something I couldn’t find anywhere online. And why wouldn’t Blizzard have mentioned this licensing opportunity at one of their past Blizzcon gaming conventions?

Either way I think the concept images are cool enough to share and talk about the possibilities. The areas mentioned on the Joyland website are “Hero Gate”, “Taobao Avenue,” “Mysterious Island”, “Moore Park”, “World of Legend” (a popular Chinese MMO), “Universe of StarCraft”, “the Terrain of Warcraft”, “Moles World” and “Temple Mount”. Joyland also plans to house a giant e-sports center that aims to become a trade expo destination. Check out the concept images after the jump.
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Couple weeks ago, the big news was that Sam Raimi had not only been offered the director’s chair on Disney’s Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, the Great and Powerful, but that he’d taken the job. And while the idea of Raimi directing a big-budget 3D Oz film for Disney doesn’t seem like the greatest move he could make from a creative standpoint, the pairing does make a certain sense.

But it seems like the confirmation of his hire may have been slightly premature, as last night Raimi told Collider that he’s still not positive he’s taking that job. Sounds like he’d really rather do World of Warcraft, instead. Read More »

I’m not too enthusiastic about a Spider-Man reboot, but that’s probably not fair. Maybe somebody else can come along and make a film as good as, if not even better than, Spider-Man 2. Maybe. For me, though, immediate focus is shifting from the Spider-Man franchise to whatever else Sam Raimi decides to do next.

We’ve known since that he’s been attached to direct a World of Warcraft movie, with Robert Rodat writing the script, but a new report on Aint it Cool unsurprisingly suggests that it’s become his new focus.

…the phone lines were burning between a certain legendary locale and Raimi’s folks about firing up the furnaces to forge the weapons of war.

Legendary locale? A simple reference to Legendary Pictures, who are producing? Or – and I’m not sure about this at all – could he be meaning New Zealand and/or Weta? Or what?

More is bound to follow.

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A few days ago there was a rumor floating around that the World of Warcraft film, to be directed by Sam Raimi, would be called Rise of the Lich King and be based off one of the WoW spin-off novels. That was based on the fact that the IMDB listing had changed to reflect that title, and we never ran it for exactly that reason. Anyone can add to and change the IMDB, so it’s not to be trusted. Now, however, we know that the script will be an original story, and we know who’s writing it. Read More »

Sam Raimi to Direct World of Warcraft Movie

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Sam Raimi, director of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, the Spider-Man films, has signed on to direct a big screen adaptation of World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The scoop was first reported by AICN and later confirmed by Variety, who also reports that The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven is also on board. The current plan is for Raimi to supervise the development of the movie and to begin production after Spider-Man 4.

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World of WarcraftOur friend Paul at FofR sent us the following scoop on the big screen World of Warcraft movie which is currently in development at Legendary Pictures. The new details were revealed today at BlizzCon 2007 by 300 producer Thomas Tull, who stated that a budget of over $100 million would be committed to the project, which is aiming for a 2009 release. The movie will supposedly be set one year before the events of WoW, and will take place from an alliance perspective.

“We’re going to be looking for someone of Zak Snyder (300) or Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight, Batman Beings) calibre,” said Tull who revealed that the company is aiming for a PG-13 rating. “I can tell you that this is the one thing about running a studio and making these things that’s hard. You want to not compromise and have the right level of intensity. The story and the director’s vision is what’s ultimately going to dictate that. Personally one of my favorite movies of all time is Lord of the Rings, which has a PG-13 rating.”

I’ve never played World of Warcraft, and I have never quite understood the obsession with the game. I can tell you that I have lost friends to the fiction online world of fantasy, so it must be good. That said, I find it very disappointing that in a post-Sin City and 300 world, they would not choose to make this film the way it deserves to be: R-Rated. The action sequences should be bloody and intense. The language between the warriors shouldn’t be “PG-13″. The 9 million players worldwide deserve better than a watered down version.

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