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Duncan Jones Lands Directing Job on Legendary's 'Warcraft' Movie!

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January 30, 2013
Source: THR

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Wow, this is huge news! Especially for Duncan Jones, director of sci-fi favorites Moon and Source Code, ready to break out big. THR is reporting that Legendary Pictures has signed on Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, to direct their big live-action Warcraft movie adapted from the Blizzard video game universe. While we've known about this project for a while, it was most recently in the hands of director Sam Raimi, but I presume that was before he jumped onto Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful. Jones was also attached to an Ian Fleming biopic, but with the BBC already working on one, and with this big offer instead, that can wait.

THR's reports is fairly sparse on details, only confirming that Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni of Legendary Pictures are developing this along with Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. The screenplay comes from Charles Leavitt but they remind us that unfortunately, "Legendary is keeping its script under wraps." However, they are aiming for a "fall 2013 start and a 2015 release." It sounds like Duncan Jones is really their guy, and they're moving forward at full speed to get this in theaters in two years time. Damn. Bring it on, Duncan! Congratulations to one our favorite directors. He's one of the most vocal people on twitter as @manmademoon and it will be interesting to see how he keeps up with this film online.

We first covered any news on a World of Warcraft movie way back in 2007, with details and hazy concept art coming from BlizzCon. Since then we've heard plenty off and on, including that Sam Raimi was attached to direct until he dropped out last summer. Legendary started retooling the project with a new writer and it sounds like they got Duncan Jones in the mix as well. Back in 2010, Raimi commented optimistically about their plans for the Warcraft movie: "we're just trying to create realistic characters that can live in the World of Warcraft as though you were in the game itself, in one or two or three of those environments, and see the interaction with those great mythical, iconic characters." Stay tuned for more. Is Duncan a great choice?

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  • http://djkento.com/ Kento
    I'd rather get a starcraft movie.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Wooohoooo!
  • DAVIDPD
    Duncan is fine. Maybe someone who has directed bigger fantasy epics might be better. But I think Duncan will do fine.
  • Greg dinskisk
    Jones will do amazingly, I'm sure. He's a fantastic director, and I'm sure anything he does will be great!
  • Xerxexx
    Good on ya mate! Fish are friends not food.
  • Marcus
    They should make a Zelda movie.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      But in Larping style.
  • OfficialJab
    Opens the article with "wow". Slick. Great news.
  • http://www.pewpewpew.de/ reeft
    2015 is gonna be nuts.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      We'll probably have flying cars and an end to world hunger by then too, it's going to be awesome.
      • Neuromancer
        But more importantly, hoverboards!
        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
          I think that is the date for it? The streets will be like waves for the surf.
  • si1ver
    Awesome.
  • Dearsleazy
    Zowie is a great director and takes the focus off all the flashy effects so that you can really empathise with the characters, I loved Moon and Source Code and I think that he will bring more emotion to the piece... whether it needs it or not I don't know, but I'm sure he'll do well with the source material no matter what!
  • David Banner
    Lore has been added to WoW over the years. In 2006/7 when they started to think of the movie, only 1 expansion was out at the time. Now there's 4, (a 5th will tie-in with this film), half a dozen novels(not many) and some comicbooks. Maybe it would fit a 12 episode TV-series, but a movie(or 3)?? Dunno about that. Still, it will be interesting to see what they choose to include, and how relevant they will make the movie with a release of another expansion-most likely a hand-in-hand release. There is a reason why it hasn't been made, at one stage the movie(s) were meant to be huge ads for the expansions, but they found out that was too hard to pull off. I'd much rather see a in-depth documentary on how 3 CEO's of Blizzard became billionaires, they have $ 5 billion between the three of them. I'm pretty sure Sam Raimi is glad he's off the hook, and I kinda feel sorry that Duncan Jones has been duped into this. There's not many original ideas or concepts within the WoW universe. But that doesn't matter when there's so much cash behind it saying it's the best shit ever. Do none of you play WoW or have played WoW at Firstshowing?
    • player2aj
      Umm, it's a Warcraft movie. Don't think I saw anywhere that it's about WoW. WoW is only part of Warcraft.
      • David Banner
        Yeah, you are sort of right, but, the Warcraft RTS has been a bit dead last decade, and WoW took the lead in this universe, so most have been saying "WoW movie". It's the same universe, only in another format. They have eluded many times that they have "a lot of lore on hold", but Blizzard speak(and accounting) can be creative. I hope it's something new, and not a tie-in with the 5th(and maybe last) expansion("to get the conclusion, play the game! ") Movie-->5th expansion-->Warcraft(RTS) IV-->Franchise End.
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ PBGray
    I may need to fire up my WOW account again. And Duncan? Super awesomeness with 6 hours of arm pumping.
  • http://twitter.com/MrStickHarrison Jaret Curial
    The only video game movie Duncan Jones should be directing is Metal Gear Solid. This doesn't seem like a good fit for him at all.
    • David Banner
      Avi Arad is producing the following as TV-Shows or movies the next decade: Infamous Metal Gear Solid Uncharted Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins. So they will be made.

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