Duncan Jones signs up for Warcraft movie

News Simon Brew 31 Jan 2013 - 07:07

The long-mooted Warcraft movie is now pressing ahead, with Duncan Jones directing...

Ah, now here's some fine news. A movie based around the Warcraft videogame franchise has been in the works for some time, with at one stage Sam Raimi coming close to directing it, before he headed off to make Oz, The Great And Powerful. There hadn't been much news on Warcraft since, until today in fact. And now we've learned that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones has taken the project on.

Followers of Jones' Twitter feed will need no reminding of what an avid gamer he is (we'd love to see the X-COM movie he offered to make for free at one stage!), and he's set to start filming in the autumn, ahead of a release in the blockbuster-rammed year of 2015.

Where this leaves the Ian Fleming biopic that Jones was working on remains unclear. Sky Atlantic and BBC America are partnering on a four-part miniseries about the 007 creator, with Dominic Cooper playing him, but that shouldn't get in the way of a feature-take on Fleming. We presume it's on hold for the time being.

As for Warcraft, it seems a terrific union of director and material. Surely, surely, this is now the film to break the videogame movie curse...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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