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Duncan Jones to direct the WORLD OF WARCRAFT film

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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There’s finally some news on the feature film adaptation of World of Warcraft. The project has been in the works for a number of years, with Sam Raimi attached to direct for quite some time. Raimi finally dropped off last summer so that he could focus full-time on Oz the Great and Powerful, and Legendary Pictures subsequently brought on screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) to rewrite the screenplay, which was initially penned by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). Now the studio is getting serious about making the movie happen, as Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones has been tapped to take the helm for a planned fall 2013 production start.

Per Heat Vision, Jones, an avid gamer, is signing on to bring one of the most popular video games to the big screen. In addition to directing, Jones wrote both of his previous projects, so one assumes he’ll at least have a hand in the screenplay for World of Warcraft. He won’t have a ton of time to prep, though, because apparently producers Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are eyeing a fall 2013 start date in order to make a hoped-for 2015 release date. Yes, if all goes according to plan World of Warcraft may join the extremely crowded 2015 movie schedule, joining The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, Pirates 5, maybe Star Wars 7 and Justice League).

The script is being kept under wraps, and with the endless opportunites offered in the video game, we really have no idea what World of Warcraft will be about. We do know that this will have a budget north of $100, which marks a major step up for Jones whose previous films cost $1 million and $35 million, respectively. He was also attached to direct a biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, but it appears that this film will be taking priority. Jones’ producing partner Stuart Fenegan will executive produce through their Liberty Films banner, and Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will also produce the film. Getting Jones onboard is a great start, so here’s hoping World of Warcraft will be worth the long wait.

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    • I'm not expecting much, but it could be awesome. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long on script details.

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