Towards the end of 2014 (Happy New Year by the way) Duncan gave his first interview on WARCRAFT to Chinese movie news site Mtime. This is the first time Duncan has spoken about WARCRAFT outside of presentations at BlizzCon and Comic-Con so it’s quite a coup for Mtime. I’ve been up all night translating it for you*… Continue reading Duncan Jones Interview with Mtime On WARCRAFT And Daniel Wu
Deadline posted an exclusive last night on a list of five potential directors for Star Trek 3 after the recent departure of Roberto Orci.
One of those names, unsurprisingly, was our own Duncan Jones. Duncan moved quickly to pass on the opportunity however and confirmed on Twitter last night:-
Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely MUST make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age!
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 15, 2014
As for what that thing will be, pushing two to see which will go first. I'm equally in love with both scripts…
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 15, 2014
One of these projects remains a mystery for now, the other we know will be MUTE which is also being adapted as a graphic novel featuring incredible artwork by Glenn Fabry, Duncan provided an update on that last night too:-
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) December 15, 2014
As for getting MUTE in front of a camera, it’s something Duncan has been working towards for quite a while (over 10 years). Something he has often joked about being his Don Quixote comparing it to the long drawn out journey Terry Gilliam has been on trying to get his version of Cervantes’ classic novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha made, an experience painfully captured in the documentary of the failed attempt to film it, Lost In La Mancha.
While we wait for more news on exactly what Duncan will be up to next, work continues on WARCRAFT post production getting it ready for release March 16th 2016.
Many of you will be aware of Rodene’s cancer diagnoses in 2011 and her subsequent fight to become free of this disease that affects so many of us and those we love. Having bravely battled the foul beast over the last few years Rodene continues to campaign for awareness of early diagnoses through encouraging all to “Touch Up Your Loved Ones”, if it weren’t for Duncan doing just that they may never have discovered Rodene needed to get checked ASAP in the first place. Continue reading Signed MOON Poster Auction for Rodene Jones’ Tower Cancer Foundation Chartity
The posting of Blizzard Entertainment’s schedule for BlizzCon 2014 reveals WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones will be attending the convention to take part in a one hour presentation along with Blizzard’s Chris Metzen (Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development).
Taking place on Friday 7th November 14:15 – 15:15 the schedule teases:
Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along side Blizzard’s Chris Metzen as the give attendees and viewers at home an exclusive presentation packed with surprises.
The event is a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment‘s gaming goodness featuring World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo & StarCraft, and takes place over two days at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Filming completed earlier this year on 23rd of May so the gang are well into post production and were even able to offer an exclusive glimpse of WARCRAFT to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con back in July. That footage is still tightly under wraps but you can read a description of what was screened over on JoBlo. So will the teased surprises include new footage that the rest of us will get to see? We’ll have to wait and see what occurs on the 7th November…
If you’re unable to attend BlizzCon 2014 and want to get all the info on World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo & StarCraft as well as that one hour WARCRAFT movie panel with Chris Metzen & Duncan Jones, you can pick up a virtual ticket and watch over 60 hours of convention footage streamed live to your desktop.
WARCRAFT is scheduled for release March 11th 2016.
A few days before the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18th September 2014 MOON, Source Code and Warcraft director Duncan Jones shared his thoughts on the situation via his Twitter account.
It’s a world millions are familiar with, a world millions have grown up with. It’s also a world that may be unfamiliar to many millions more, one that Duncan and the gang are working hard to bring to both audiences.
“There’s an awful lot to draw on from Warcraft and there’s a lot of films which want to make origin stories but I think in this case it really merits an origin story. We want to show how the world of Azeroth falls into conflict between Orcs and Humans.
We do want to make sure it’s a film that’s accessible to everyone”
Speaking about the technical challenges and the size of the world being created for WARCRAFT, Duncan said:
“Our film doesn’t come out until March of 2016, so that’s a ways away. That’s because it is such a technical challenge, we were trying to really do the set building and world building that was done on a film like Lord of the Rings and at the same time bring in the technology that was in Avatar and it really is like trying to make those two movies at the same time. It’s a big project and I think it deserves it and hopefully the final results will speak for themselves.”
With that, much like last years mood piece, the rotten beasts then went on to show some early footage from WARCRAFT that we don’t get to see (Grrrr). There were some kind souls though that did go on to at least describe it, so head over to io9 for that
WARCRAFT stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown.
Script: Charles Leavitt (Screenplay), Duncan Jones (Screenplay), Chris Metzen (Story and characters).
Release date: March 11th 2016
Following last years surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, Duncan Jones is set to return to the event with WARCRAFT this coming Saturday 26th where those lucky enough to be attending will get the chance to meet Duncan at a signing event as detailed by Legendary on their Twitter account:-
— Legendary (@Legendary) July 21, 2014
As anticipation builds towards the release of WARCRAFT in March 2016, this event could prove quite popular, so best get in quick as advised again by Legendary:-
#WarcraftMovie signing tickets to be passed out 1st come, 1st served starting 11am on 7/26 at the Blizzard booth (#115).
— Legendary (@Legendary) July 21, 2014
No word yet on what costume Duncan will be wearing to sneak in with, last year it was as a Mexican Luchador.
There’s also no word on whether we may see anything from WARCRAFT itself. We’ve still not seen the teaser / mood piece that was shown at SDCC2013 so maybe (hopefully) there are more surprises to come…
PS – Yes, we’ve all been rather worried about the fact that the new photo of Duncan shows he has rather unfortunately got something stuck in his eye. Screenwriter Gary Whitta organising a collection if you’d like to help.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 21, 2014
Today we are celebrating the 5th Birthday of Duncan Jones’ MOON.
Released in the UK on Friday 17th July 2009 MOON has gone on to become a huge critical success both here in the UK and abroad winning many awards beginning with the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival where it also received it’s UK premiere on the 28th June 2009. Among the many awards there was also of course Duncan’s BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Director which led to this rather emotional acceptance speech.
“I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary sci-fi because it has a message; it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen”
We know you all love MOON too, that’s one of the reasons why we are here writing this now. The support for MOON since release from you lot has been one of the biggest reasons for it’s continued success on DVD / Blu-Ray and cinema screenings that have continued since release. To celebrate MOON’s 5th Birthday Duncan Jones has sent us some rather lovely signed MOON posters to give away to a few lucky fans. You may recall these became available back in November 2012 when the limited signed run sold out very quickly. Well, we have three to give away, and three different ways to win one
Duncan joined Twitter when we were all just figuring out how it all worked to help promote MOON as it approached release in 2009. So for all you lot that got on board then and since simply retweet this and we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.
— ManMadeMovies (@ManMadeMovies) July 17, 2014
Not everyone uses Twitter, we have a great gang over on our Facebook page too, so for you lot please head over and like & share this post to be in with a chance of winning. Again, we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.
Those of you that have been around since those early Twitter days back in 2009 may recall Duncan held a series of competitions in the run up to the release of MOON. One of these produced some marvelous results, so we’re going to repeat it for another chance to win a signed MOON poster.
Re-create a sci-fi moment from film or television, take a photo and email:
Subject line: Happy 5th Birthday MOON
If you’re on Twitter you can tweet it over to @ManMadeMovies using the hashtag #Happy5thBirthdayMOON. We’ll give you a bit longer for this one to ensure we get the good stuff We will choose one winner who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 27th July.
Entry open to all on Earth and any beyond, should they wish to establish contact with humanity through an online competition.
Thanks to everyone that has supported MOON and Duncan over the last 5 years through MOON, SOURCE CODE and the upcoming WARCRAFT. We look forward to continuing to bring you news and all that over years to come. Good luck!
We were very impressed with this drawing of Sam Bell tweeted to MOON Director Duncan Jones last week, so much so we had to get in touch with Sheila and find out more about it.
If you pop over to Studio Sheila you’ll see pop culture, movies and myths provide the main inspiration for her work, we asked Sheila to tell us a bit more about her work and how MOON inspired her in particular.
“Being that I love movies, I like the idea of drawing something from a movie that sticks with me. That something could be a specific actor’s performance or a scene that’s deeply moving, bizarre, scary, or just plain funny, and basically “freezing” it on paper.
As far as what medium I use, I work in pencil, ink, charcoal, and sometimes watercolor.
Regarding Moon, I’d been curious about it for a while and finally bought it. Since the movie stayed with me for a long time after I watched it, I wanted to draw something Moon-related. Without giving anything away in the movie, I wanted to show the various character traits of Sam Bell, which includes humor, too.
And I wanted to incorporate Gerty the robot, too. Gerty is a character that provides some relief for the viewer, I think, because you empathize with Sam’s loneliness and want him to have some kind of company. I think it puts the viewer more at ease to see him with Gerty. But Gerty is also a dark character in that it’s only trying to comfort Sam because it’s been programmed to do so.
I’m not an actor and far from an authority on acting or film-making, but I feel that Sam is one of those actors who has no vanity with his performances and that’s what makes his acting so strong. What I mean “no vanity” is that he’s not afraid to appear very raw in roles. It hits you in your gut. And he’s primarily alone in this eerie and haunting movie so the film hinges on whether the actor can pull it off or not. I think it needed a really strong actor like Sam to do it justice. That’s the kind of actor that makes for a great drawing subject, too.
Plus, is there a person around who doesn’t like Sam Rockwell’s acting? I haven’t found one yet. It’s Sam Rockwell, people!”
It’s a bloody lovely piece of work, and one that you could own too if you like?
Competition closed, CONGRATULATIONS TO Chris Hager
To win a copy of ‘Mooned’ by Studio Sheila just drop us a mail with the answer to the following question.
Sam Bell is quite an accomplished artist too, what artistic hobby does Sam use to pass the time during his time on the Sarang MOON base?
Answers to: email@example.com
Subject line: Studio Sheila MOON Competition
One entry per person please.
Prize for the winner is one 14″ x 20″ print of ‘Mooned’ by Studio Sheila.
Closing date for entries Friday 27th June. Good luck!
All the very best to Sam Rowe at his Plymouth University review show today as he puts his MOON print on show
Sam tweeted his print to MOON Director Duncan Jones earlier today and kindly dropped us a line to tell us a bit about it…
“I made the poster for my degree show (which is actually today, Friday 13th, eek) and it’s a two colour, hand pulled silk screen print which is roughly A2. And I kinda made it for two reasons; firstly there was a screening of Moon at my university cinema (Plymouth Uni) and they asked students to design their own posters to promote them. I picked Moon but sadly didn’t get to do it in the end. So now that the degree show is here I thought I’d finally do it.
The reason I picked Moon is because I think it’s just a brilliant film. I think it’s a blazing beacon of success in low-budgetness, acting, story telling, set design – all that stuff. Also my name’s Sam so who’s to say Gerty wasn’t actually talking to me?”
More of Sam’s work over on his online portfolio. Thanks, Sam