'World of Warcraft' Live Action Movie Moves Forward with Director Duncan Jones

The 'Source Code' director is mounting this gestating adaptation of the Blizzard Entertainment video game, with Legendary Entertainment eyeing a 2015 release.

Legendary Entertainment's World of Warcraft lands director Duncan Jones
Legendary Entertainment's World of Warcraft lands director Duncan Jones
After years of delays, Legendary Entertainment is finally moving forward with their highly-anticipated World of Warcraft adaptation, bringing Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) on board to direct.

Back in August, after two years of little to no movement on the project, Legendary hired Charles Leavitt (The Seventh Son) to write the screenplay. Legendary is keeping the story line under wraps, but they are obviously confident in the material, since the studio hopes to start production this fall for a 2015 release.

Sam Raimi was attached to direct for years, before ultimately bowing out to make Oz: The Great and Powerful. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing for Legendary, alongside Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

The project is expected to be budgeted at over $100 million, which is a massive jump for director Duncan Jones. His feature debut Moon cost only $1 million to make, while his follow-up, 2011's Source Code, cost $35 million.

World of Warcraft is based on Blizzard Entertainment's multiplayer online role-playing game, that blends fantasy, science-fiction, and horror elements as players fight in the epic struggle between the Horde and the Alliance.

Warcraft comes to theaters March 11th, 2016 and stars Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Clancy Brown, Daniel Cudmore, Ben Schnetzer. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.

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  1. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Duncan Jones......i think would fit for Warhammer not this but still so game! :P

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  2. Deoxy

    This is going to suck SO MUCH ASS!!!!

    2 years agoby @deoxyFlag

  3. Writer220


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  4. skywise

    I can get behind this. There just aren't enough high quality fantasy films in the world today.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. incmob

    @ROFLitschristian I agree. i think it is too little too late. there are franchises that would benefit in their prime with a film release. Halo, Gears of War, assassins creed, WOW... etc. but i think they tend to wait too long in sheer fear of previous properties, not to mention that although they tend to cater to one demographic, even word of mouth can be a killer. WOW's popularity, although not significant has waned and a film based on it, could only endulge MMO fans for so long. yes it would probably turn a profit, but it is not as recognizable a property as say, batman, or transformers, or pixar. good luck to them though.

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    If Legendary Pictures can make it happen as a live action movie, they very much have the next Lord of the Rings on there hands and would set them years in advanced with billions. if it were animated like the Pandaria commercials, it would be a huge success as well.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Fry_3000

    Wow Duncan jones doing this kind of film. This will be interesting to see how he goes with fantasy type genre.

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  8. kingbrady

    you know the trailer for Mists of Pandaria or whatever....if they filmed a movie with that kind of animation it would sell....a live action film will be gay......personally i would enjoy the hell of an action film the way that WoW trailer looks

    2 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  9. ChiRep_1

    I'm still waiting for a Halo movie...

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. artkid04

    WHAT!!! ohmygodohmygod, this is a must see, I'm so excited, Duncan Jones is amazing!!!

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  11. Mr.K

    I say, this is interesting. I don't know if Duncan can pull this movie off but he made 2 fantastic films, so I still have hopes for the Warcraft movie.

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  12. ROFLitschristian

    Good director, but does anyone really want this?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag