Duncan Jones, who directed Source Code and Moon will now be directing the live-action film based on the MMORPG by Blizzard Entertainment, World of Warcraft. The film has been trying to pick up steam over the last few years but hasn’t had much momentum until recently. Movies based on video games haven’t done so well over the years but hopefully this film will capture the essence of what has made World of Warcraft so successful over the years. The original game was released back in 2004 and has completely changed the company that created it, Blizzard Entertainment, due to it’s massive success.
Given the success of superhero movies, there is no reason why a movie about a video game with such a massive amount of lore behind it, can’t do just as well. With good writers and a solid cast we could see something worth watching. Many lore fans will argue that the story is difficult to put on screen but if the Lord of the Rings can translate well then so can WoW. Legendary Pictures is behind the film and hopes to see it release sometime in 2015.
Here is the official blue post from Blizzard:
We are pleased to announce that Duncan Jones, director of critically-acclaimed films Source Code and Moon, has signed on with Legendary Pictures to direct the upcoming live-action film based on the Warcraft universe. Click here for more info.
Legendary is keeping its script, written by Charles Leavitt, under wraps. The Warner Bros.-based production and finance outfit is eyeing a fall 2013 start and a 2015 release. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing for Legendary along with Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Warcraft is expected to have a budget north of $100 million.