If you’re of the mindset that a World of Warcraft movie directed by Sam Raimi would be a nice thing, Blizzard Entertainment is the reason you can’t have nice things. That’s Raimi’s story, at least. He discussed his withdrawal from the project in a recent interview regarding other films and several projects he’s no longer involved with, but the World of Warcraft departure merits a lengthy aside.
According to Raimi, he had read the script that Blizzard had put forth and wanted to put together something better, so he enlisted the aid of screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat wrote the story, but when the story was pitched to Blizzard, the company wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. He and Rodat continued to work on refining the script, only to find out later that Blizzard had completely rejected what they had done and wanted to go in an entirely different direction. You can read more details on the story from Raimi in the full interview.
Raimi must be on drugs “Then Robert wrote the screenplay, and only once he was done did we realize that Blizzard had veto power, and we didn’t know that.” Well hell yeah they have veto power seeing its a movie about their damn game!! If Blizzard wants the story to go a certain way its there call. I’m fairly certain if the movie is a success or a failure it falls back on the shoulders of Blizzard seeing its based on their game.