14 October 2009 12:28 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sam Raimi has dropped the name of Warcraft's screenwriter in an interview with MTV. Robert Rodat, who wrote Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot, is the guy who'll be wrangling the Horde and the Alliance.Why Rodat? Clearly the pitfalls of the game-to-film adaptation are not lost on the director, and he wants to make certain of a rock-solid starting point. "I've never made a video game movie," says Raimi, "but my approach would be to work with the best character writer I can find, which in this case is Robert Rodat, and tell a great character story." Contrary to some previous reports, the film's plot will be original, and won't be based on any of the Warcraft novelisations. It's a way away yet though, as Raimi has the small matter of Spider-Man 4 to contend with in the meantime.  »

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