Legendary Pictures and Blizzard’s film adaptation of World of Warcraft will be directed by indie director Duncan Jones, according to a new report.
The last time we heard anything about the Warcraft movie was when Sam Raimi backed out of the project to work on Oz, The Great and Powerful. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says that Jones, who directed Source Code, has been selected as Raimi’s replacement.
The Hollywood Reporterwrites:
“Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing for Legendary along with Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.”
Jones, the son of singer David Bowie, made his film-making debut with 2009’s Moon, an indie film about an astronaut on the end of a three-year stint on the moon. In 2011, Jones landed in the director’s chair for the sci-fi thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
The indie director has two films under his belt, but the World of Warcraft project will be his biggest yet.
Currently, not much is known about the World of Warcraft movie; the production team is keeping details about the script a secret. We do know, at least, that it’s expected to go into production at some point this year, and will release around 2015. Reports suggest that the budget could be upwards of $100 million.
The script is being penned by Charles Leavitt, who worked on Blood Diamond and K-PAX. Blizzard storywriter Chris Metzen is also said to be attached to the movie as a co-producer.
What do you think about the World of Warcraft movie? Are you excited to see what Legendary can come up with?