Plans for a World of Warcraft movie are on ice after director Sam Raimi announced he has decided to start work on a new Wizard of Oz movie instead.
According to Deadline, the Spiderman/Evil Dead helmer has put his movie adaptation of Blizzard's hugely popular MMO on the backburner so that he can make Oz: The Great And Powerful instead, with Robert Downey Jr set to don the wizard's robe.
Raimi announced his intent to make a World of Warcraft movie last year, insisting "At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story. I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen."
Legendary Pictures, the studio set to make the film, hasn't announced whether the production will be resurrected at a later date or if a new director will be sought.
Not to worry - fans of the MMO can seek solace in the impending release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, due in December.