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."