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