A movie based on the extensive lore of the World of Warcraft has been in the works for a long time now, but the project has finally taken one more step toward reality.
Duncan Jones, best known for his work directing 2011’s sci-fi hit Source Code, as well as writing and directing the incredible film Moon, has been signed on as director of the upcoming Warcraft adaptation. Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment’s own Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are set to produce the film alongside Legendary Pictures’ Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull, both of whom have worked together on many films such as Sucker Punch and the upcoming Pacific Rim.
The script, written by Blood Diamond scribe Charles Leavitt, remains top secret, and no details have been given about the plot or characters. It has been confirmed that it will be live-action, however.
Given the popularity and recognizable nature of the source material, a Warcraft movie could turn out to be a huge success. The series began back in 1994 with the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and became an immediate success among PC gamers. The first three games in the franchise, as well as their expansion packs, were all real-time strategy games that focused on the never-ending war between Orcs and Mankind, though new races were eventually added and the history of the Warcraft universe began to shape itself.
After a table-top roleplaying game and several board games were released, the series made the move to the massively-multiplayer RPG genre with the release of World of Warcraft in 2004. It was then that the series became an international sensation, becoming the most-played MMORPG of all-time, even surpassing EverQuest II.
The Warcraft movie is set to begin production this fall, with an expected released date of 2015.