“We searched for a very long time to find the right studio for developing a movie based on one of our game universes,” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “Many companies approached us in the past, but it wasn't until we met with Legendary Pictures that we felt we’d found the perfect partner.
"They clearly share our high standards for creative development, and because they understand the vision that we’ve always strived for with our Warcraft games, we feel there isn't a better studio out there for bringing the Warcraft story to film.”
Blizzard’s Warcraft games have developed a loyal following since the series debuted in 1994. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, released in 1995, won multiple Game of the Year awards, and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos broke multiple sales records when it launched in 2002.
World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s latest entry in the critically acclaimed franchise, has quickly become one of the world’s most popular online games, with more than 6 million paying customers worldwide.
Further details about the upcoming Warcraft movie, including director, cast, and targeted release date, will be revealed in the months ahead.