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Sam Raimi 'no longer directing' World of Warcraft movie

Acclaimed director steps away to direct Oz

Sam Raimi has revealed he is no longer in line to direct the World of Warcraft movie.

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Speaking in an interview with Crave the acclaimed Hollywood writer, director and executive producer claimed Blizzard and Legendary Pictures have moved onto another director after Raimi signed up to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful instead.

"Actually, they don't have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director. They had to start making it."

Raimi, who is known most for his work on Spider-Man, Evil Dead, Darkman and Xena: Warrior Princess, was first named as the director of the World of Warcraft film in 2009.

"At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story," he said at the time. "I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen."

Although his replacement hasn't been named, Duncan Jones, director of Moon and son of David Bowie, has previously expressed an interest in taking on the adaptation. Last year he said he's "hugely jealous" of Raimi and believes "World of Warcraft could be the launch of computer games as good films".

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