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Warcraft film finds director in Source Code

Duncan Jones will helm the Blizzard adaptation

Source Code and Moon director Duncan Jones will be directing Legendary Pictures' adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft, according to a story by The Hollywood Reporter. The story was later confirmed with a message on the official World of Warcraft Twitter account.

Warcraft will be Jones' most expensive film to date, with Source Code previously occupying the top spot with a $35 million budget. Warcraft's budget is expected to exceed $100 million.

The film is being written by Blood Diamond and X-PAX writer Charles Leavitt and Legendary is aiming for a fall 2013 start with an eventual release in 2015. Blizzard is a key part of the production, with Blizzard senior vice president Chris Metzen acting as a co-producer. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce alongside Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

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Latest comments (8)

Paul Smith Dev 3 years ago
Might be good, I think its about 7 years to late though (if they were hoping for huge returns).
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 3 years ago
This is still happening? I remember hearing about a possible warcraft movie back in 2006.

Who will get the Corruption™ this time?
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Matthew Handrahan European Deputy Editor, GamesIndustry.biz3 years ago
I'm surprised that they're going for a live-action adaptation. I feel that an animated film would be a better fit.
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M.H. Williams Staff Writer, USgamer3 years ago
Truth. Especially with Blizzard's accomplished CG teams.
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Mbuso Radebe Associate Producer, Smoking Gun Interactive Inc.3 years ago
A CG animated film would have been more fitting, but less likely with all factors considered. I'm hopeful, now that Duncan Jones is attached to the project.
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Simon Smith CEO, thumbfood LTD3 years ago
I bet the word "Avatar" was involved in the pitch somewhere :-/
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Jeff Wayne Technical Architect 3 years ago
The cinematic that Blizzards own production team created for HotS SC2 expac was amazing. I'd really like to see a film in that style personally but am still interested to see how this works out (assuming it actually goes through this time!).
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Andreia Quinta Creative & People Photographer, Studio52 London3 years ago
Given the level of CGI technology these days I'm sure a live action movie of something like Warcraft will look amazing. We already have amazing examples like The Lord of The Rings movie trilogy and most recently Avatar and Prometheus, all Blizzard requires is a money machine - which they have invented 8 years ago.
The biggest challenge these days for a big budget movie is a good script rather than effects. Thinking further, it's amazing the evolution of CGI in the past 20 years since Jurassic Park, that was the first CGI movie that really left me impressed.
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