It's been years since Legendary Pictures and Blizzard announced a Word of Warcraft movie, based on the ultra-popular video game that's been daily time sink for gamers for eight years. Sam Raimi was originally supposed to direct the film, but as CraveOnline exclusively reported at Comic Con 2012, he left the project to focus on Oz, The Great and Powerful. The news was new, but the development actually occurred quite a while ago, so we figured the project was stuck in development hell. Perhaps not: Variety now reports that Legendary Pictures has secured a new screenwriter for the project, Charlie Leavitt.
Who is Charlie Leavitt? The screenwriter has been credited on several critically successful motion pictures since the mid-1990s, including the underseen family film The Mighty and Ed Zwick's 2006 drama Blood Diamond, which earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for Djimon Hounsou. Perhaps most importantly, he wrote K-Pax, a film whose title is perhaps better remembered than the actual storyline, in which Jeff Bridges was a psychiatrist and Kevin Spacey was an alien or something. All we know for sure is that he ate a whole banana, skin and all. Must have been quite the potassium high. His next film, the fantasy The Seventh Son, actually stars both Jeff Bridges and Djimon Hounsou. Makes you think.
Legendary Pictures is reportedly very excited about Leavitt's take on the property, and hopes to push the project forward soon. We presume finding another director is next on the agenda. Who should direct a World of Warcraft movie, anyway?
CraveOnline will be back with more World of Warcraft news after we kill that which has no life.