Hold Onto Your Wizard Hats, Nerdz!

Countdown to nerdgasm:
Sam Raimi has signed on to direct "Warcraft," the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise "World of Warcraft."

Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment are mounting the film, and Warner Bros. will co-finance and distribute. The team boasts an impressive pedigree: In addition to the director of "Spider-Man," the partners have added "The Dark Knight" producer Charles Roven to the creative mix.

The plan is for Raimi to supervise development of "Warcraft" and shoot the picture after he completes work on "Spider-Man 4," which gets under way early next year for Columbia Pictures.
Unlike a video game such as, say, "Asteroids," ahem, at least one can imagine the epic battle central to World of Warcraft translating successfully into a film. And Raimi's got precisely the sort of self-aware ironic humor to make the film cool.

[Nerd Alert: KennyBlogginz actually owns a wizard's hat, which he brought over one night and he, Iain, and I took turns wearing it while watching some shitty totes awesome old film like Beastmaster. I tell you this so that you may trust you're getting your Nerd News from a highly-credentialed professional nerd.]

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