According to Gama Sutra and Joystiq, a film adaptation of World of Warcraft is apparently in the works, and to make things even more intriguing, the production team — Legendary Pictures — is the same one that worked on the fantastic Spartan adventure known as ‘Frank Miller’s 300‘.
I never did get into the whole World of Warcraft thing, but I can totally see the appeal of a game-movie like this. Even though most movies based on video games have been remarkably bad — I need not remind you of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s take on Street Fighter — they can oftentimes do reasonably well on the silver screen, thanks to rabid fans of that particular series. That is, unless they enlist Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark…) to do the flick. On the flip side, you can cash in on nostalgia, just like the Transformers movie.
World of Warcraft has a worldwide subscriber base of about 8 million people, and while that sounds like a very impressive number, they’ll need to get non-WoW fans on board as well if they hope to make it as big a blockbuster as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Spider-Man. After all, I’m pretty sure they’re not going to stop at just one movie.