Sam Raimi is going to direct a live action World of Warcraft film.
I don’t have a ton of experience with this game (but I do have some) as it was released a couple years after I had stopped living my life around video games. However, I spent some time talking the prospect of this movie over with some coworkers, and here are three suggestions for making a successful WoW movie.
Don’t take it too seriously. Sam Raimi is at his best when he is being pseudo serious (see Evil Dead movies). Bring the funny.
The movie must have Leeroy Jenkins. If you know who this is, move onto point three.
If you are the only person left on the planet who is unfamiliar with the WoW celebrity, here is a description that I am pulling from Wikipedia… yeah, the player created character has an extensive entry in Wikipeida.
The Internet phenomenon started with the release of a video clip online to the World of Warcraft forums. The video was released by the World of Warcraft Alliance player guild “PALS FOR LIFE” on the Laughing Skull PvP realm. It features a group of players discussing a detailed battle strategy for a group of enemies while one of their members, Leeroy, is away from his computer. Their plan is ruined when Leeroy returns and, ignorant of the strategy, immediately charges headlong into battle shouting his own name as a battle cry. His companions rush to stop him but his subsequent actions ruin the meticulous plan, and the group members are killed. His response to the other players’ reactions, “at least I have chicken”, was also much parodied.
When asked about his actions in the video by National Public Radio, Ben Schultz simply responded: “We were drinking 40s and just yelling at each other.”
And here is the famous video (seriously, you have never seen this???):
If the movie doesn’t star Felicia Day, she should at least have an awesome cameo (I mean really awesome). Felicia Day is the creator and star of the online sitcom, The Guild. It’s show about WoW players, and it’s funny even if you don’t play the game.
That’s my absolute layman’s take on the movie.