In Spring of 2008, the population of World of Warcraft, the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), passed 10 million. Were it a country, that would make it the 84th most populous one in the world, ahead of Serbia, Austria, Denmark, and more.
Well, the great state of Azeroth is likely cheering today as overnight, Variety reported that after 3 years of the movie license growing stale, Sam Raimi has been announced as Director for a World of Warcraft adaptation.
The live-action film will come to theaters via Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, and Warner Bros. After he's done with the fourth installment of the Spider-man franchise in 2010, Raimi will team up with one of the caretakers of Gotham City, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins Producer Charles Roven to bring the epic battle of Horde vs. Alliance to life.
The Warcraft franchise started with a Real Time Strategy game in 1994 that allowed players to control armies while managing resources to defeat their enemies and win the day. With the success of the online multiplayer portion of the second and third game in the series and the continuing growth of the MMORPG genre, Blizzard took the franchise exclusively online with 2004's World of Warcraft. Since its launch, the game and its expansions have set numerous records and retained a constant spot in the top ten best selling PC games, a boast only shared by The Sims franchise. Various novels, board and table top games, and an ongoing comic book series from DC's WildStorm imprint expand the story, and the game has been mentioned, shown, or parodied on numerous TV shows and movies, including Southpark and The Guild.