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World of Warcraft Movie Lands "Source Code" Director

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With only two films under his belt, David Bowie's son Duncan Jones is tackling World of Warcraft for the big screen.

The film adaption of Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft franchise is back in the spotlight again, as "Source Code" director Duncan Jones has signed on to direct the movie. The project has been in the works since Legendary Pictures purchased the film rights from Blizzard back in 2006.

Hollywood Reporter said on Thursday that production is expected to begin around the third quarter of 2013 (fall) and wrap up in time for a 2015 release. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will be producing the film for Legendary while Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will be producing for Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment.

"So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game," Jones said via Twitter Wednesday night. "I’ve always said it’s possible. Got to DO it now! ;)"

Jones is obviously referring to Hollywood's track record in bringing video games to the silver screen. While there have been many gems over the last several decades, most have been a little embarrassing, especially those produced by Uwe Boll. Some of the "ten worst" include Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, Super Mario Brothers, DOOM, Far Cry, Double Dragon and loads more.

Hollywood Reporter, which indicated that there are aliens and spaceships in the Warcraft series, said that Legendary is keeping the script (written by Charles Leavitt) "under wraps." Serving as executive producer will be Stuart Fenegan while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

The storyline is still unclear. In 2007, Metzen said it would be a current, "familiar one" from the MMORPG but altered for "film continuity." It would be seen from an Alliance perspective with the protagonist portrayed as a "kick ass human character."

A lot has changed over the years regarding the production crew including writers (Metzen, Robert Rodat), directors (Uwe Boll, Sam Raimi) and the film's budget ($100M+, $220M). The last we heard, Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) said in July that he could no longer be associated with the project due to his schedule.

Is the movie already doomed before filming even begins? Putting the game-to-screen debate aside, a Warcraft movie launching in 2015 would brush up against other blockbuster movies like Star Wars VII, Avengers 2, and possibly Justice League, if Man of Steel manages to soar through the box office without flopping.

Duncan Zowie Hollywood Jones is the son of musician David Bowie and Mary Angela Barnett. He graduated as a director from the London Film School and went on to direct 2009's "Moon" and 2011's "Source Code."

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    iknowhowtofixit , February 3, 2013 12:06 AM
    Wow...
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    shikamaru31789 , February 3, 2013 12:42 AM
    I'm not so sure this is going to turn out very well. Adam Sessler reflected my opinion on video games being made into movies pretty well in his latest Sessler's Something: http://youtu.be/H376pZtwg1M?t=4m34
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    Memnarchon , February 3, 2013 12:48 AM
    I think this movie is 5 years late. At the moment, all the hype is lost, and probably when the movie will be ready, people will play "Titan"...
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    alextheblue , February 3, 2013 1:08 AM
    MemnarchonI think this movie is 5 years late. At the moment, all the hype is lost, and probably when the movie will be ready, people will play "Titan"...

    That's a good point, they may very well have missed the boat. I believe some good games CAN translate into good movies, but I don't think this one will turn out all that spectacular.

    I think Deus Ex: HR is an example of a game with the raw potential to be a great movie, but I fear that the Hollywood version will be weak on story. I'm afraid they will focus on the action, and will fail to fully exploit the dark and gritty world, the puppetmasters, and explore what it means to be human, a monster, and everything in between.

    On the other hand maybe they'll prove me wrong and it'll be the next Bladerunner. One can only hope.
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    balister , February 3, 2013 1:18 AM
    If Metzen has any involvement in the writing, it will be a huge flop. Look no further than the storylines, and how they've been ruined, for Diablo, StarCraft, and WarCraft since Cataclysm.
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    calmstateofmind , February 3, 2013 1:37 AM
    There's a WoW movie coming out, yet no Zelda....how does that make sense??
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    GabZDK , February 3, 2013 1:52 AM
    What?? GTFO, I want my Starcraft II movie, (Watch the Heart of The Swarm intro if you disagree)

    Well, I wouldn't be bad to have both, but I want my SCII film!!
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    tarzan2001 , February 3, 2013 2:40 AM
    MemnarchonI think this movie is 5 years late. At the moment, all the hype is lost, and probably when the movie will be ready, people will play "Titan"...

    This might end up being true, although if you consider Blizzard's track record when it comes to how long they take to release a game, "Titan" still might not be out by 2015. And even if it is nearing completion, I doubt they will release it before this movie comes out so that its box office revenue isn't hurt.
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    Marcus52 , February 3, 2013 4:08 AM
    I predict that by 2015 World of Warcraft will have lost another 5 million subscribers. Most of them are going to be disgruntled former players that won't go see the movie.

    It's waaay too long to take to release a movie that most of us WoW players was expecting to have happened by now. We knew the process was under way by 2007, and I think most of us thought 2012 was a reasonable year to expect the movie. 2015? Not only will that be 4 years after my subscriptions has ended for WoW, it'll be 4 years after I've played any MMOG in a genre that has soured for me to it.

    Adam Sessler is right; movies taken from pretty much any other source tends to be bad, or at least far removed from the source, and movies made form games are the worst of the bunch, overall. The only reason these people want to make this one is because they think it's going to be a cash cow -

    I implore you not to give them your money for what is going to be insipid movie trash!
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    righteousrami , February 3, 2013 6:34 AM
    I have faith in Jones as he is a Bowie. Hopefully his movie is as good as his dads music. XD
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    olaf , February 3, 2013 12:47 PM
    As long as its not Uwe Fucking Boll there may be hope yet ....
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    deftonian , February 3, 2013 3:21 PM
    I'd rather have had Sam be the director, bummed he is no longer on the project.
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    invlem , February 3, 2013 4:18 PM
    Granted movies made from video games have had a bad reputation...

    But how many video games have had as much lore and back story as the Warcraft franchise? There's plenty of literature to pull from for this movie, it really shouldn't be any different than making a movie from a book series.

    Its not like making a movie from a game like doom for instance, where there simply is no story.
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    unionoob , February 3, 2013 4:56 PM
    invlemGranted movies made from video games have had a bad reputation...But how many video games have had as much lore and back story as the Warcraft franchise? There's plenty of literature to pull from for this movie, it really shouldn't be any different than making a movie from a book series.Its not like making a movie from a game like doom for instance, where there simply is no story.


    It's not just video game movies, but movies which are made after books, tend to be pretty terrible.
    Only way movie could work out if Blizzard will keep it's grip on project, and if something goes wrong they either fix it or even cancel.
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    bebangs , February 3, 2013 10:58 PM
    aren't you thankful!?
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    Anonymous , February 3, 2013 11:30 PM
    They can simply make it Kung Fu Pandaria: Azerothian Gigolo. It would sell like hotcakes!
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    mmildred96 , February 4, 2013 12:26 AM
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    lpedraja2002 , February 4, 2013 3:05 AM
    I'm all for a Wow, if done like Avatar or all animated like Blizzard cutscenes. Duncan Jones is a great director imo, Moon and Source Code were excellent movies but I would rather have a director with more experience in the mater.
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2013 12:11 PM
    Did the article say there would be aliens and spacecraft?!?
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    unoriginal1 , February 4, 2013 1:49 PM
    lpedraja2002I'm all for a Wow, if done like Avatar or all animated like Blizzard cutscenes. Duncan Jones is a great director imo, Moon and Source Code were excellent movies but I would rather have a director with more experience in the mater.

    Blizzard cut scenes are awesome (imo). I don't know why there's so much negativity I think this has the chance of being an great movie. Looking forward to it.
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