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WARCRAFT Gets Release Date

World Of Warcraft

The official World Of Warcraft twitter account have just confirmed the release date for Legendary Pictures WARCRAFT film directed by Duncan Jones.

World Of Warcraft Confirm WARCRAFT Release Date

Filming will begin in January 2014, currently rumoured to be taking place in Canada although there is not official confirmation of this yet. As soon as there are further details on location and casting (of which there have been quite a few rumours of in the last week or so) we’ll let you know. In the meantime, you now know how long you have to gather materials and craft your opening night costumes 😉

UPDATE: Official announcement from Legendary Pictures

From Legendary’s Facebook page:

Legendary Pictures’ WARCRAFT, based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, December 18, 2015. WARCRAFT marks the first film dated under the recently formed partnership between Universal and Legendary.

The film, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones. The producers are Charles Roven and Alex Gartner for Atlas Entertainment and Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni for Legendary. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O’Connor will serve as executive producers. Blizzard’s Chris Metzen will co-produce.”

As well further confirmation of release date, another point to note there “…written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones” Which is nice 🙂

UPDATE: Release date now pushed back to March 11th 2016.

Duncan Jones Surprises At San Diego Comic-Con with WARCRAFT Tease

Duncan Jones SDCC2013 - WarcraftDuncan Jones just caused mild palpitations (to say the least) in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 during the Legendary presentation by appearing on stage along with a specially filmed teaser to set the tone for what has just been confirmed as the WARCRAFT feature film to begin shooting in early 2014.

Following along online via Twitter and live blogs earlier, Duncan took the room by surprise with his appearance at the annual convention for all things comic, game, film & TV causing comments such as this from Empire Magazine:

“They just showed a teaser for World Of Warcraft! People are losing their freakin’ minds!”

And from The Movie Guys:

“That sound you heard was 6,000 nerds orgasming at Legendary’s Hall H announcement of a WARCRAFT movie.”

On stage with @nerdist Chris Hardwick Duncan was just as enthusiastic as everyone else:

“The opportunity to do something like ‘Warcraft’ is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You hope that when you get the chance to make films, you really get the chance to create fantasy, and in ‘WARCRAFT, I actually get to create a world.”

What those people in Hall H saw this morning stays in their heads for the moment until an official release, or it somehow *coughs* finds it’s way out (please make it find it’s way out…NOW!)

For now though you can head over to Ain’t It Cool for a full run down from Eric Vespe.

This may not be the end of news from Duncan this weekend though. As you may know if you follow Duncan on Twitter, he has been teasing a treat for all as soon as he cracked 150,000 followers on the social network. It may have been assumed that the WARCRAFT tease was that treat, until Duncan just tweeted:

150,000 tweeters gift coming soon… It’s not what you think… 😉

Stay tuned…

Bill Westenhofer Is Duncan Jones’ A-Team & WARCRAFT VFX Editor

Bill Westenhofer A-Team

Responding to an enquiry from a twitter follower yesterday, WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones called multiple award winning VFX Director Bill Westenhofer his “A-Team”

— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) May 10, 2013

The A-Team reference not only refers to Bill’s wide ranging skill set, but also to his role as visual effects supervisor on the 2010 feature film based on the successful 1980’s TV series. The news of Bill being appointed VFX Director on the long anticipated WARCRAFT feature film was broken on Twitter late last month by Nick Carpenter, Blizzard’s vice president of art and cinematic development.

— Nick Carpenter (@FubarNick) April 26, 2013

This is obviously great news for everyone looking forward to the cinematic realisation of the World of Warcraft. Bill has a wealth of VFX experience at the highest level and was recently the winner of both BAFTA (Special Visual Effects) and Academy Award (Best Visual Effects) for his work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Bill also achieved the same reward for his work on The Golden Compass (2007), and was nominated in 2005 for his work on The Chronicles of Narina: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

As pre-production work starts to ramp up on WARCRAFT, hopefully this is the first of some regular news. We know Duncan is having a blast working with the team at Blizzard Entertainment, and we look forward to bringing you new developments soon 😉

WARCRAFT: Field General Duncan Jones

Duncan Jones Presents Clint Mansell LA Orpheum 6th April 2013 - photo by @moorghen
Duncan Jones Presents Clint Mansell LA Orpheum 6th April 2013 – photo by Marc Moorghen

Since the announcement of Duncan Jones as Director of the much anticipated feature film adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, any further news has been thin on the ground. If you follow Duncan on Twitter you’ll know he is enjoying getting stuck in immensely, even inventing a new word for the process… Continue reading WARCRAFT: Field General Duncan Jones

WoW! World Of Warcraft Gets It’s Director – DUNCAN JONES!

Blizzard - World Of Warcraft

Back in December 2010 Duncan Jones spoke to Devin Faraci at Badass Digest and eventually got on to the subject of video games and their adaptation to film, and what game would best make the transition to the big screen. At the time Sam Raimi was in the hot seat to direct World of Warcraft, something that brought the green eyed monster out in Duncan:

“I’m hugely jealous of Sam Raimi, I really believe World of Warcraft could be the launch of computer games as good films. And from the little I’ve read of interviews with him the way he’s approaching it makes so much sense. It’s what I was talking about – it’s not worrying about how the game plays, it’s about creating the world of the game and investing the audience in that world.”

Well things change, and Sam Raimi moved on to the soon to be released The Great and Mighty Oz, and the film adaptation of Blizzard’s incredibly successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) has been looking for a director, until now…

Exclusively broken just now over on The Hollywood Reporter, it has been announced that our old pal Duncan Jones (MOON, Source Code) will be heading off to Azeroth later this year as Director of ‘Warcraft’ with Legendary Pictures (Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel) and Blizzard Entertainment.

This is a MASSIVE step up for Duncan who will be accompanied by long time producer Stuart Fenegan, and well deserved after the success of MOON (2009) and Source Code (2011). Being just a bit of a hard core gamer I think we can safely say he will do all you Warcraft fans proud, while at the same time creating a magical, living breathing world for us all to travel to, and experience fantastic adventures in. Confirming his acceptance of the challenge on Twitter just now, Duncan said:

So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game.  Ive always said its possible.  Got to DO it now! 😉

Congratulations Mr. Jones! I’m sure this is all going to be a LOT of fun 🙂 There is one burning question though, and I will leave it to Bill Mudron to ask:

Good luck to @ManMadeMoon in his attempt to find a way to work a Chesney Hawkes song into the Warcraft movie!

I’m just firing up WoW to have a wee mooch about, see ya later 😉