Talk of a World of Warcraft movie adaptation has been around for years, and just last year it felt like it was actually about to get made. Warners and Legendary Pictures initially had Sam Raimi onboard to direct, but he passed on the project last summer, leaving the film in limbo yet again.
However, not long after that a writer was hired to re-write the script and the film was heading toward being made once more. Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) was hired to re-write the script which may have been the same one Raimi was not happy with, and since then Warners have been looking for a director, and now they have found one!
Duncan Jones, director of the excellent Moon and Source Code, has now signed on to direct, stating on Twitter:
“So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to DO it now! ;)”
Indeed Jones does have to do it, but with his track record, he could be the perfect choice. He is also been thrown a hefty budget of $100 million to make the film, a huge step up after the budgetless Moon and average Source Code. However, I believe that Jones will use this budget wisely and make something very special indeed. However, just how much from the game will Jones be using?
As THR, who breaks this news, notes, ‘Warcraft’ is eclectic, “part fantasy, part science fiction and — depending on the game you’re playing — includes elements such as dragons and orcs, zombies and werewolves, and aliens and spaceships.”
That is a lot of Jones to fit in, so we will just have to wait and see what he plans to do with all that.
What this does mean, however, is that Jones’ other projects will probably now be on hold. He was due to be directing a biopic of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, but that seems to have disappeared off the radar. Jones also had a film called Mute lined up, and a “Blade Runner-esque city scape sci-fi” picture, but both of those I guess will now not be happening, at least not for a while anyway.
As for World of Warcraft, no plot details or cast have been announced, but producers Thomas Tull and John Jashni are keen to get started in the Autumn this year.