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Warcraft film finds director in Source Code

Warcraft film finds director in Source Code

Thu 31 Jan 2013 2:01am GMT / 9:01pm EST / 6:01pm PST
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Duncan Jones will helm the Blizzard adaptation

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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.

8 Comments

Paul Smith Dev

189 154 0.8
Might be good, I think its about 7 years to late though (if they were hoping for huge returns).

Posted:A year ago

#1

Andrew Watson Programmer

98 244 2.5
This is still happening? I remember hearing about a possible warcraft movie back in 2006.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Matthew Handrahan Staff Writer, GamesIndustry.biz

119 93 0.8
I'm surprised that they're going for a live-action adaptation. I feel that an animated film would be a better fit.

Posted:A year ago

#3

M.H. Williams Staff Writer, USgamer

37 32 0.9
Truth. Especially with Blizzard's accomplished CG teams.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Mbuso Radebe Associate Producer, Smoking Gun Interactive Inc.

55 23 0.4
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.

Posted:A year ago

#5
I bet the word "Avatar" was involved in the pitch somewhere :-/

Posted:A year ago

#6

Jeff Wayne Technical Architect

83 37 0.4
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!).

Posted:A year ago

#7

Andreia Quinta Creative & People Photographer, Studio52 London

224 590 2.6
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.

Posted:A year ago

#8

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