Duncan Jones Inks Deal to Direct World of Warcraft Film
Duncan Jones, the director of two sci-fi films Moon and Source Code, has inked a deal with Legendary Pictures to helm the film adaption of the video-game World of Warcraft. According to the Hollywood Reporter, who broke the story, the movie should start production at the end of 2013, and plans to release it in 2015.
In 2012 it was reported that Sam Raimi of Spider-Man fame, was originally set to direct the project, but backed-out for his commitment to Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is scheduled to come out later next month.
“Actually, they [Blizzard] don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director,” said Raimi, after he left. “They had to start making it.”
Oddly enough, Raimi has finished production of Oz, and obviously filming has yet to begin filming for World of Warcraft.
Chris Metzen, a game designer over a Blizzard Entertainment and the creator of the World of Warcraft series, is confirmed to executive produce the project, along Stuart Fenegan, who has produced Jones’ previous works. Hollywood writer, Charles Levitt, is penning the script and some of his work includes the 2001 film K-Pax and the 2007 Oscar-nominated film Blood Diamond.
It will be interesting to see what Chris Metzen does in terms of the story. Remember, World of Warcraft is an open world massively multiplayer online game, there isn’t really a single-story to follow. I wonder how you can take something that is so broad and turn it into something that both film enthusiasts, who have no allegiance to the World of Warcraft game, along with fans of the video game, will accept.
Thanks to /film