After losing Sam Raimi as a potential director last year, the folks at Legendary Pictures have been on the hunt for a suitable replacement to take over their World of Warcraft movie. Now this week it looks like they have found their man in Duncan Jones, director of the well-received sci-fi flicks Moon and Source Code. The movie is based on the wildly popular MMO video game by Blizzard Entertainment, which takes place in Azeroth and pits the heroic Alliance versus the evil Horde. They are aiming to start production this fall with an eye on a 2015 release date.
According to THR, Jones has signed on to direct the fantasy film, which will simply be called Warcraft. The script was written by Charles Leavitt, who previously penned K-Pax, Blood Diamond and the upcoming fantasy film The Seventh Son. Although Jones is known for getting the most out of modestly budgeted projects, this movie is expected to have a budget in the vicinity of $100 million.
The number of World of Warcraft players has been dropping significantly over the past year or so, but the game apparently still boasts over 10 million subscribers. That’s a pretty huge fanbase to draw from, but if they don’t get it right they will suffer the wrath of 10 million angry gamers. There is a new wave of directors taking on video game movies in Hollywood right now and they are hoping to finally end the streak of terrible adaptations. Can a World of Warcraft movie actually succeed and is Duncan Jones the right choice to direct?