This post just goes to show you, you never know why films are sometimes never made. Ideas, that at the time, seem amazing get shelved because no one can see eye to eye on the final project…much like our government, but I digress. Yesterday website Vulutre sat down with Sam Raimi to get the scoop on his current project Oz the Great and Powerful, his decision to pass on Spiderman 4 and leaving The World of Warcraft. It’s all so interesting really. READ!
You’re no longer attached to the World of Warcraft movie, and now Duncan Jones is making it.
I loved his movie Moon, and I think he’s a strikingly talented director. I bet that if anyone can do a great job with it, it’s him.
What was the biggest obstacle on that project?
Robert Rodat was working on the script, and it was taking a long time. I think they were getting a little antsy at Legendary, the production company. Actually, what happened was even more complicated, so let me go back a little bit. First, they asked me if I wanted to make it, and I said, “Yes, I love World of Warcraft, and I think it would make a great picture.” So I read a screenplay they had that was written by the guys at [Warcraft developer] Blizzard, and it didn’t quite work for me. I told them I wanted to make my own original story with Robert, so we pitched it to Legendary and they accepted it, and then we pitched it to Blizzard, and they had reservations, but they accepted it. 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. And they had never quite approved the original story we pitched them. Those reservations were their way of saying, “We don’t approve this story, and we want to go a different way,” so after we had spent nine months working on this thing, we basically had to start over. And Robert did start over, but it was taking too long for the people at Blizzard, and their patience ran out. Honestly, I think it was mismanagement on their behalf, not to explain to us that the first story was vetoed long ago. Why did they let us keep working on it? Were they afraid to tell me?
You can check out more of the interview HERE