Nintendo theme park

In March, we told you that Japanese video game company Nintendo announced plans to team with Universal Studios to bring their video game properties to life at Universal Parks & Resorts. At the time we joked about the possibility of a real life Nintendo-Land with a side scrolling Mario experience, a Mario Kart racing ride, and more. Well it looks like a Nintendo-Land might not be out of the question as a new rumor suggests that Universal is developing a third park for their Universal Studios Orlando Resort which would have a heavy video game focus, including rides based on Nintendo and Blizzard properties. Find out the details on the Universal video game theme park rumor, after the jump.

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Gary Whitta unproduced projects

This week, we’ve been running portions of our extensive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) as a five-part feature we’re calling “/Film’s Week Of Whitta.” Promoting the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, Whitta talked to us not only about his career thus far, but the future and unproduced projects that haven’t happened.

Today in the fourth part, Gary Whitta talks about the projects he’s worked on that have not made it to the big screen, which include the American live-action Akira movie, an Escape From New York reboot, a big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s popular MMORPG video game World of Warcraft. I also ask Whitta about the rumors that he may be working with Blizzard on a a Diablo or Starcraft project. I always love hearing about the movies that could have been, so for me this segment might be the most interesting. Read the Gary Whitta unproduced projects interview after the jump.

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World of Warcraft Looking for Group documentary trailer

You don’t have to be a gamer to know World of Warcraft is a big deal. Since its creation in 2004, it’s become a bona fide phenomenon. World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPG in the world with over 10 million subscribers, as well as the highest-grossing video game of all time with over $10 billion in sales. And for its most diehard devotees, World of Warcraft is no mere video game but a community, a culture, and a way of life.

The new documentary World of Warcraft: Looking for Group explores how a simple online fantasy game became what it did. Through interviews with the game creators at Blizzard Entertainment and with players themselves, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group looks at the origins and history of the game, as well as the fandom surrounding it. Watch the World of Warcraft Looking for Group documentary trailer after the jump.

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World of Warcraft

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 JonesWarcraft 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 »

World of Warcraft

Over the weekend I was in San Francisco doing interviews at the junket for Pacific Rim. At the roundtable interviews we were graced with the presence of Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull, and he was asked if the World of Warcraft movie was going to begin production in early 2014 as producer Charles Roven told us last month, and explained their plan to finally make a video game movie that doesnt suck.

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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.

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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 directingEventually, 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 »

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 »

Legendary’s World of Warcraft adaptation is down a director, now that Sam Raimi‘s no longer attached, but don’t write it off just yet. The studio’s apparently determined to soldier on, and to that end has jump started its efforts by hiring screenwriter Charles Leavitt.

This marks the first bit of forward movement we’ve heard about since 2010, though with no one at the helm World of Warcraft is actually still a step behind where it was at that point. If all goes well with Leavitt, Legendary hopes to take the next step by picking a director in the next few months. Read more after the jump.

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