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World of Warcraft, currently over ten million subscribers strong, is the most successful MMO of all time. As it turns out, Blizzard won't be handing off the film adaptation of this lucrative franchise to Uwe Boll. I know, I know - shocking.
Boll, director of the horrid film adaptations of Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead, told MTV News that he approached Blizzard recently to express his interest in the WoW film, first announced at BlizzCon in August. "I got in contact with Paul Sams of Blizzard, and he said, 'We will not sell the movie rights, not to you…especially not to you,'" Boll said.
But why, Uwe, why? He speculated: "Because it's such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it." More directly, I think the issue is that a crappy movie would destroy the movie's income. Blizzard would probably prefer to make some sort of money off this film. But yeah, I don't doubt Boll could construct a movie so putrid that it would sink the game franchise it's based on as well. Such is his power.
For those of you impressed Boll admitted the possibility he'd make a bad movie and think it's a sign that our little director is growing up, look at what he says in another part of the interview: "The real gamers are the typical download guys, right? They don't pay anything for movies, because they illegally download the movies. So why I should please these guys? I need the normal audience." I shudder to imagine a world where the people who would watch Uwe Boll movies, much less pay to watch them, are considered "the normal audience." But that's Boll-speak for you - it's like getting bullshit directly injected into your bloodstream.
He really managed to create quite the reputation for himself. A couple months ago, a rumor went around that he was going to direct a Metal Gear Solid movie, leading series creator Hideo Kojima to say "Absolutely not! I don't know why Uwe Boll is even talking about this kind of thing. We've never talked to him. It's impossible that we'd ever do a movie with him." Well, that's at least two crises averted. I hope there's other developers with this much common sense.