Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The story below originally titled “When Is Universal Going to Move ‘Warcraft’ to a Galaxy Far, Far Away From ‘Star Wars Episode VII?'” was written by Germain Lussier on November 13th 2013. Looks like we were able to predict this inevitability as Universal Pictures has announced today they are moving Warcraft from December 18, 2015, to March 11, 2016, out of the way of the evil Empire, Germain’s original story follows after the jump.
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Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is hard at work on the pre-production stage of Warcraft, his film adaptation of the game world seen in Blizzard video games Warcraft and World of Warcraft.
The film doesn’t shoot until early 2014, but a lot of work has already gone into the project. Jones and his producers appeared at Blizzcon over the weekend, and sat in on a panel talking about the film. While they still haven’t released the proof of concept footage shown at Comic Con this past summer, the panel discussion debuted some concept art, which you can see below, and offered a few details on the script. Read More »
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.
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]
Green skies, a barren desert. Close up on a pair of eyes, and a slow pan down to a huge sword.
At Comic-Con Saturday morning, Legendary revealed a first look at what Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft could be. Based on the popular video game World of Warcraft, the director of Moon will start shooting early next year. He called the opportunity a dream come true and is well aware how connected people are to the games. The footage shown, which is not online, just gave an idea of what audiences can expect with the adaptation. Think a mixture of classic Western with video game tropes. Read a more detailed description below. Read More »
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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.
Before Sam Raimi set out on the gargantuan task of making Oz The Great and Powerful, he was working on two equally huge and highly-anticipated films: Spider-Man 4 and World of Warcraft. Spider-Man 4 was set to right the wrongs Raimi and crew made on the third film, but eventually he and all his stars left the project. That opened the door for Marc Webb’s reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.
Raimi was also developing an adaptation of the popular game World of Warcraft, with an eye on directing. Eventually, he left that project too. Duncan Jones is now set to helm.
In a new interview, Raimi explained exactly why he left both those projects. Each is an interesting, but still typical story of Hollywood drama. Read More »
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 »