There’s a pretty good interview over at GameSpot with Paul Sams of Blizzard on the Warcraft movie announced at E3:
GameSpot: Let’s talk about the big news this week, the movie. How do you make sure the Warcraft movie—well, plain and simple—doesn’t suck?
Paul Sams: We’re not trying to take what we’ve done and…try to make a literal translation to the big screen. What we want to do is to make a great movie that happens to be set in a video game universe. That’s a differentiator, and a key differentiator.
A lot of it comes down to picking the right people. A lot of the other video game movies that have come out before this haven’t had the budgets, the right people, and haven’t had the right mindset.
We and Legendary want to make a great film, an event picture, big-budget picture, that is a great stand-alone, fantasy-based movie that is good for you regardless of whether you’re familiar with the Warcraft universe.
GS: And if you are familiar with the game universe?
PS: If you’re familiar with the Warcraft universe, well, then hopefully you’re going to be geeked up to go see it. But if you’re not familiar with the Warcraft universe, we’re hoping you’re going to want to see it because the buzz around the movie is that it’s a great fantasy movie and a great movie experience in general.
The rest of the interview is an interesting read if short on the details. Beyond the fact that Legendary is the studio producing the movie there’s been no final decisions on the screenwriter, director, actors, or what the storyline will be. Though they do admit that Peter Jackson would probably kick ass as the directory given his past epic fantasy achievements and they’re feeling pretty confident in part because Blizzard will be heavily involved in developing the movie.