Spidey 4 writer to tackle Warcraft for Sam Raimi

On Monday, we reported that director Roland Emmerich was waiting for screenwriter Robert Rodat to finish his script for Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov's series of books; now we learn that Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) will also write Warcraft, Sam Raimi's upcoming adaptation of the World of Warcraft MMORPG.

Here's how Variety reported it:

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.

Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment are mounting the film, and Warner Bros. will co-finance and distribute.

Is this really the guy? I mean, we love Ryan and all, but mostly because of director Steven Spielberg's work. This is also the guy, remember, who wrote the script for Emmerich's The Patriot, in which Mel Gibson goes all hatchety on the Revolutionary War. Hm. Come to think of it, maybe he is the guy for a WoW movie ...

What do you think?

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