The long and convoluted saga of the Warcraft film has taken hopeful steps towards production with Duncan Jones confirmed as the film’s new director.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the filmmaker son of David Bowie is known for 2009’s ‘Moon’ and 2011’s ‘Source Code’ and is set to tackle the long-in-production film based on the extraordinarily popular fantasy franchise developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The Legendary Pictures film is currently keyed for production in fall 2013 and a 2015 release with Jones’ production partner Stuart Fenegan set to be the film’s executive producer while Blizzard’s Chris Metzen is involved as a co-producer in order to keep the film faithful to fans and the Warcraft source material. With a rumored budget of over $100 million, Warcraft will now mark Jones’ jump to big budget films (‘Moon’ had a budget of $1 million and ‘Source Code’ cost $35 million to produce). Very few details have crept out about the film’s plot although the script has been written by Charles Leavitt (Most well known for the 2006 political war thriller Blood Diamond).
Spiderman director Sam Raimi was previously attached to the project but pulled out due to commitments working on the upcoming Oz: The Great and The Powerful. As a big fan of the universe that Blizzard’s fantasy series inhabits and the science fiction movies that Duncan Jones has thus far been involved with, I think the new choice of director is a good one that will hopefully bring the Warcraft movie out of development hell and out to theaters.