Though its still a ways from release, details have begun to leak from Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft, er, excuse me, I mean Warcraft: Rise of the Lich King.
Along with the new subtitle, the movie’s IMDB entry boasts a new release window. It’s still quite nebulous, but barring any delays we should be enjoying Hollywood’s concept of Murloc genocide sometime in 2011.
WorldofWar.net sees the new subtitle as a not-so-subtle hint that the film’s plot will focus directly on Arthas, the titular lich king and key antagonist of the World of Warcraft MMO.
“A film based on Arthas as a main figure is definitely attractive to the audience, either to fans or to viewers new to the fantasy storyline. The life of Arthas is one saturated of tragic things that led him to take different type of choices. Some that drove him to the brink of insanity, shredding away the last vestiges of his humanity, taking an oath to give up his soul if he was empowered to slay the enemy that destroyed his land, and if it allowed him to save his people by wielding the runesword known as Frostmourne,” the fansite explains.
Of course, that’s all speculation until Blizzard or Legendary Pictures opts to release some solid info, but it seems solid to my far-too-knowledgable-about-Warcraft-miscellenea mind. Let’s just hope it turns out better than the obliquely similar Anakin Skywalker story arc from the execrable latter day Star Wars films.