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Duncan Jones Directing Warcraft
He's off to Azeroth and beyond...

31 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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World Of Warcraft

Good grief… While Moon man Duncan Jones has been laying hints about a big new project in the works on the Twitter-wires, we’re not sure we expected this. Jones has signed on to tackle the Warcraft movie for Legendary Entertainment.

Yes, the film based on Blizzard Entertainment’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game World Of Warcraft. The one that Sam Raimi had been developing to direct before he decided to head off to a different magical land for Oz The Great And Powerful instead.

The Warcraft universe – which has spread across several releases and expansions to become the biggest online gaming experience – certainly provides a lot of fodder for a movie, including mages, dragons, and orcs rubbing shoulders with aliens and zombies and, er, pandas.

For now, we don’t know exactly what Jones will be bringing to the screen. Charles Leavitt wrote the script and Dark Knight trilogy producer Charles Roven is overseeing the film, aiming to kick off shooting later this year for a likely 2015 release. That year just gets more and more crowded, doesn’t it?

This new pic is a big leap of ambition for the man who launched himself upon the filmmaking world with Moon and followed it up with Source Code. It’s a budgetary jump as well, with estimates on Warcraft around the $100 million plus mark. But Jones has proved he’s got what it takes to make good movies, so while we’d also like to see him shoot the Ian Fleming biopic, this could open the doors to get that and all his other dream projects made. And more to the point, he seems like a great choice to adapt Warcraft for the screen.


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RE: Great choice
And btw. There is already a Warcraft movie out there. It is called The Hobbit.. :) More

Posted by Overmind at 03:24 on 01 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Great choice
L: MusicLovesYou Don't play Warcraft, but he knows what he's doing, that lad. his More

Posted by rich at 19:53 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

Will the gamers unhook themselves from their online drug to go see this? Will the people that don't play care about this movie? Hmm, we shall see. More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:23 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Warcraft has a story?
I think it's great news. The Warcraft franchise can be turned into a balls-achingly awesome, fun, humorous and very stylish flick. In fact I would say that there's bigger potential for a great, entertaining adventure cinema than in the new SW film. And with such talented geek as Jones at the helm of it all, the popcultural potential of Warcraft will not be wasted. I am stoked. lok'tar ogar nerds. Long live Metzen. More

Posted by The Procrastinator at 15:44 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

Warcraft has a story?
This film had better not be 2 hours of watching some guy be told by 50 different people to go get them 14 bear claws or whatever else. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 10:14 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

Great director, but (based on his twitter feed) he spends far too much time playing video games when he should be making movies. I guess this way he gets to do both. More

Posted by sjessep at 08:56 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Great choice
2015..... The year of the geeks. WoW. SW. Avengers. Tron3 ... :)] More

Posted by Overmind at 07:48 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post

Great choice
Don't play Warcraft, but he knows what he's doing, that lad. More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 07:31 on 31 January 2013 | Report This Post


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