Blizzard Entertainment, the guys who made World of Warcraft, possibly one of the largest multiplayer online games in existence, were approached by Uwe Boll for movie rights. In Mr Boll’s own words:
“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 revealed. “Because it’s such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it.”
Are we surprised at all that game studios are finally grasping the idea that he’s almost universally reviled by gamers, and that selling him the movie rights for games is not a quick money-making machine? Granted, as was pointed out to me in a prior post, game to movie adaptations are not the best at the most spectacular of times, but maybe game-to-movie adaptations need as much help as they can get. Getting Uwe Boll to direct a game-to-movie translation is about as helpful to the case as, for sheer argument’s sake, giving a serial killer his own butchery, knives, band-saw, and ready line of victims. I’m just glad that studios are finally beginning to realize this fact.