Exclusive: ‘WarCraft’ Movie Taps ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Screenwriter

Speaking with MTV News, director Sam Raimi dropped some interesting info regarding his upcoming “WarCraft” movie, saying that the screenwriting process has just begun:

“We want to be really faithful to the game…to the Horde and the Alliance and the mythology that takes place in the game, and the archetypes that the game presents. I think we would try and find touchstones within the game to make it accurate and true and choose one or some of the lands that are portrayed in the game with as much accuracy and authenticity as possible.

“But we would have our writer, Robert Rodat, really craft an original story within that world that feels like a ’World of WarCraft’ adventure. Only obviously it’s very different ’cause it’s expanded and translated into the world of a motion picture.”

As far as we can tell, that’s the first we’ve heard of Rodat being involved in the writing process for the movie. His previous screenplays include “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Patriot.” It’s an interesting choice, but with a project still so early in development it’s possible that it’ll change by the time the final script is agreed upon. Raimi seemed pretty enthusiastic that Rodat is the right man for the job, though, saying:

“I’ve never made a video game movie, but my approach would be to work with the best character writer I can find, which in this case is Robert Rodat, and tell a great character story within the fantastic environment of the world of WarCraft, while staying true to their mythology.”

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