Awesome: Duncan Jones to direct Warcraft

Posted by Matthew on January 30, 2013
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World of Warcraft

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Duncan Jones is making the jump to big-budget tentpole movies, signing on to direct Warcraft, Legendary Pictures’ live-action adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s video game universe.

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Taking an almost kitchen-sink approach to fantasy, Warcraft, which has grown to be one of the most popular multiplayer online role-playing games out there, is 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. Legendary is keeping its script, written by Charles Leavitt, under wraps. The Warner Bros.-based production and finance outfit is eyeing a fall 2013 start and a 2015 release.

Duncan Jones has already made a good movie and an OK movie. The former, the brilliant Moon starring Sam Rockwell and the latter Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhall. Both had strong characters and performances though and those are the things that something like Warcraft needs. There’s plenty of story in Warcraft and there’s plenty of places to go with it. What’s going to make a movie in that world compelling isn’t the story or the spectacle of it all but rather the characters, and Duncan Jones is good at that kind of movie. Kind of like how Joss Whedon did with The Avengers.

Colour me excited.

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