Five Potential MMO Movies
Anticipated by WoW players for several years now, the Warcraft movie will serve as a prequel to the mmorpg game, beginning at least a year before where the current storyline picks up. Chris Metzen, vice president of creative development at Blizzard Entertainment, announced at BlizzCon 2007 that a brand new, “kick-ass Human” is the movie’s main character -- and it’s not the same one featured in the comic! Boasting big names like screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot) and Sam Raimi (the Spiderman trilogy), Blizzard Entertainment, who owns the World of Warcraft game, will produce the movie with Legendary Pictures (partnered with Warner Brothers).
The process to bring the the epic story behind the game to the big screen is painfully slow. Raimi, in attempt to fully immerse himself into his work, now enjoys playing a level seventy-two Shaman. Playing the game helped him to both understand its finer points and know where to take liberties with lore and other background elements. One has to wonder, could Raimi have learned the same details and potentially speeded production if he’d stopped at level fifty, and perhaps put the time spent playing from there to level seventy-two into the movie instead?
5 Possible MMO Movies
If Iron Realms decided to take one of its text games to the big screen, Achaea is the obvious choice. The oldest of all five MMORPGs produced by Iron Realms, Achaea is still the most popular and boasts the largest player base. If following suit of other movies inspired by MMORPG or video games, it would obviously start with key elements from lore, otherwise known as the Mythos.
But which part of Mythos? Maya’s legacy with the birth of two strange babes fathered by the Unnamable Horror? Or would it move simply into the Wars of Humanity and flashback to the tales of the Offspring? Or would it move past all that and begin simply with a tale of two brothers, Sahart and Glanos, who both loved and sired children with Enalia, lovely daughter of Pasiphae? There is enough material here to support several years’ worth of episodes for a made-for-cable series!
Casting an MMORPG Film
With the magic of computer animation, the idea of an Iron Realms movie isn’t that far-fetched. I can totally see Paul Giamatti playing a toga-clad Clementius, zapping any mortal who dared using any ill-fated nicknames for the Divine character. And who can’t picture a raw, tribal Nicole Kidman as the cataclysmic goddess Artemis, her lightly muscular form dressed in loosely wrapped vines, with messy burgundy curls with fiery copper highlights framing her heart-shaped face and tumbling over her shoulders. Or best of all, Hugh Jackman as Phaestus! Oh...yeah. For the sake of keeping reality separate from the game, I’d turn in every week to watch Hugh swing a forging hammer -- despite my character’s disdain for the Smith Lord!
Do you agree? Is Achaea the best choice for an Iron Realms movie? Which celebrities would you like to see portraying your favorite Divine characters or denizens -- or even your own character? Explore answers to these questions and leave your comments in the space below!