If you're of the mindset that a World of Warcraft
movie directed by Sam Raimi would be a nice thing, Blizzard Entertainment
is the reason you can't have nice things. That's Raimi's story, at least. He discussed his withdrawal from the project in a recent interview
regarding other films and several projects he's no longer involved with, but the World of Warcraft
departure merits a lengthy aside.
According to Raimi, he had read the script that Blizzard had put forth and wanted to put together something better, so he enlisted the aid of screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat wrote the story, but when the story was pitched to Blizzard, the company wasn't terribly enthusiastic. He and Rodat continued to work on refining the script, only to find out later that Blizzard had completely rejected what they had done and wanted to go in an entirely different direction. You can read more details on the story from Raimi in the full interview