‘Warcraft’ Becomes ‘Warcraft: The Rise Of The Lich King,’ Gets A Story

After the Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of “Halo” fell through, things started looking bleak for the near-future of video game-to-movie adaptations. We’re talking about a sub-genre — the video game adaptation — that’s had a stunning run of mediocrity in its short history, from early efforts like “Super Mario Bros.” and “Street Fighter” to the more recent string of abominations from filmmaker Uwe Boll. There are a few high points, like “Silent Hill,” but nothing that’s been an unquestioned win.

Enter Sam Raimi, the next great hope for movie-loving gamers. It was revealed in July that the “Spider-Man” will next (or at least soon) be turning to the massively multiplayer world of Azeroth for an adaptation of Blizzard’s obscenely popular online role-playing game, “World of Warcraft.” Until now, the movie’s been going by the title “Warcraft” and no story details have been released. Well things have changed, and I think you fans are going to like it.

The eagle eyed fans at IncGamers spotted a change to the movie’s details on IMDB.com (via Fidgit). First, the official title now appears to be “Warcraft: The Rise of the Lich King.”

What’s interesting about that title is it’s actually nothing new. “Arthas: Rise of the Lich King” is a New York Times-bestselling book that hit stores earlier this year. The story follows Arthas Menethil, a once-noble prince and warrior who becomes a fearsome tyrant known as the Lich King. Presumably the movie will follow the plot of the book, at least roughly, in recounting the events of the fallen paladin’s life.

It had to happen sooner or later, “Warcraft” story details emerging, and it’s probably for the best from a fan’s point of view that the adaptation will seemingly draw from “WoW”’s established mythology. I’ve never played the game so it’s hard for me to say, but I’d like to hear from y’all.

Is this an acceptable narrative for a “WoW” adaptation? Is there another story you’d rather have seen?