World Of Warcraft

Briefly: Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of the popular video game Warcraft is gearing up for battle. Casting is underway and Legendary Pictures showed a badass concept reel at Comic-Con. With production set to start early next year, the film now has a release date. Warcraft will be released December 18. 2015 by Universal Pictures.

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World of Warcraft

Briefly: Legendary may have showed off some proof of concept footage for Duncan Jones‘ upcoming Warcraft at Comic Con, but the film isn’t actually cast and shooting just yet. Production is expected to kick off for real early in 2014, and so the movie is starting to hit the casting process now.

The first report we’ve got about possible actors for the film says that Paula Patton is in talks for one lead role and that another has been offered to Colin Farrell. We still know nothing about the script, by Charles Leavitt, so it is impossible to say precisely what sort of characters the actors could end up playing. Patton is evidently pretty far along in the casting process, while Farrell isn’t yet set, and could still end up not taking the gig.

Update: A shortlist for the film also includes Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Prisoners), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night). [Deadline]

World of Warcraft

Briefly: Late in January of this year, Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) was announced as director of the long-in-development film based on Blizzard’s game world seen in titles like World of Warcraft. Unsurprisingly, news on further developments has been slow in coming as Jones and the films producers craft a plan for the film. At the time Jones was announced, a late 2013 shoot was theorized, with hopes for a 2015 release.

That 2015 release may still be in the cards, but today producer Charles Roven told us that Warcraft is currently planned to shoot in early 2014. “First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie,” Roven told Germain while discussing Legendary’s plans. “We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with Duncan.”

We’re still in the dark with respect to knowing how Jones will bring the environment of the Warcraft series to the big screen, and if the early 2014 schedule holds it will likely be Comic Con, at the earliest, before we get any real idea of the team’s plan.

Duncan Jones to Direct ‘Warcraft’

The director of Moon is going to war. Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code, has just signed on to direct Warcraft, a movie based on the extremely popular Blizzard video game world Azeroth, featured in games such as Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and World of Warcraft. Legendary Pictures has the license, and a new script by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond).

The aim is to begin shooting the genre-bending action fantasy by the end of this year for a possible 2015 release.  Read More »

Even as EON Productions pulls the wrapper off the first trailer for the twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall, another company is planning to chronicle the life of the man who created Bond.

In fact, there are some who say that Ian Fleming was Bond. Born into a wealthy family, Fleming was educated abroad, spent time as a writer for Reuters (a job his mother landed for him) and worked in banking and finance for a time before being recruited into the Royal Navy in 1939. There he flourished, forming a group of specialized intelligence troops, among many other accomplishments. He worked again in journalism after the war, and in the early ’50s began to write the James Bond novels from his Jamaican home.

Now Duncan Jones, who directed Moon and Source Code, will make a film about the writer. Called Fleming, the movie is based on Andrew Lycett‘s biography Ian Fleming, the Man Behind James Bond, and scripted by Matt Brown. Read More »

Duncan Jones got our attention in a big way with Moon, and kept it with Source Code. We’re waiting to see what his next feature will be, but in the meantime he’s paying the rent with some commercial work.

Here’s an ad spot directed by Jones, meant to promote Richard Branson’s new Virgin Money venture. It sees Jones going back to space, if only briefly. As if that wasn’t good enough, there’s a bit of Daft Punk in there as well. Check out the spot below. Read More »

Duncan JonesSource Code hit Blu-ray and DVD a few short weeks back and while most film nerds have exhausted any talk of the film’s ending, more and more people are now discovering the movie. Seems like the perfect time for the director to take to Twitter and post a drawing he did during production that attempts to visually explain the film’s structure, ending and subtle changes. Obviously, there are major Source Code spoilers after the jump. Read More »

Duncan Jones would like WETA to help bring his next sci-fi movie to life and, after that, he’s changing genres. The director of Moon and Source Code has been talking about making his third film, an “homage to Blade Runner,” for some time and now he says it might be his last in that genre. In a new interview, Jones revealed that he’s spoken to the crew at WETA, hot off their latest success with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and he “would be privileged to get the chance” for them to work on his mysterious, untitled sci-fi film. Read Jones’ quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

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