Legendary sparks to Charles Leavitt take on fantasy tale
Sam Raimi may no longer be helming “World of Warcraft,” but Legendary Entertainment is still eager to get the film adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s hit videogame up on the bigscreen, with “The Seventh Son”-scribe Charles Leavitt penning the latest script.Legendary is said to have sparked to Leavitt’s take on the fantasy tale, which could move the project forward in the coming months, including a search for a another director. Raimi said he no longer was involved with “Warcraft” at San Diego Comic-Con in July, given his commitments to Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Leavitt already has a relationship with Legendary, having penned another of the company’s fantasy pics, “The Seventh Son,” that stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Warner Bros. will distrib the pic Oct. 18, 2013. His credits include “Blood Diamond,” “The Mighty” and “K-PAX.” While Activision Blizzard-chief Bobby Kotick has held off on brokering film deals for his company’s games, he told Variety if it’s “important to Blizzard, it’s important to me. They’re very excited about having a ‘World of Warcraft’ film. They’ve been very careful and thoughtful about the development process.” Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce for Legendary, while Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner will produce for Atlas Entertainment. Blizzard Entertainment is also producing. Legendary also has an adaptation of videogame BioWare’s “Mass Effect” in development. Company has six high-profile tentpoles bowing in 2013 — “Jack the Giant Killer,” “The Hangover Part III,” “Man of Steel,” “Pacific Rim,” “300: Battle of Artemisia” and “Seventh Son,” along with the lower-budgeted baseball pic “42” — which it either co-financed with Warner Bros. or produced itself. It has “Godzilla” being eyed for 2014, the earliest “World of Warcraft” could bow.