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Duncan Jones On The Cutting Edge As Warcraft Filming Approaches Completion

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After a lengthy shooting schedule in Vancouver that started in January 2014, Duncan Jones recently began a countdown to the wrap on the big screen adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s incredibly successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) World of Warcraft currently titled WARCRAFT.

Duncan’s last update via Twitter on May 1st 2014 told us:

Which gives us a wrap date of Friday 23rd May 2014, 123 days or 4 months and 3 days since filming began on January 20th 2014. Just a wee bit longer than previous shoots on MOON and Source Code which came in at around 30-35 days. With a release date of March 11th 2016, the gang have plenty of time to polish WARCRAFT in post production, around 21 months. Speaking to Fred Topel for Craveonline, Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull explained that time will be used for:

“Well, part of it is getting the date right. As you may have noticed, these next two years, there’s pretty big titles coming out. We wanted to make sure that we got that right, but there are some sequences and some things that Duncan Jones has done that are truly on the cutting edge. You want to have plenty of time to make sure that we dial those in. So by the time they get home and set up, it’ll be a little less than two years. It’ll be about 20 months but we really want to take our time and get this right because the technology that’s employed really is some next generation stuff.”

We still know very little about WARCRAFT, the gang have done an incredible job on keeping a lid on things during filming, Fred did manage to pry a wee bit of info out of Tull though when asked what Duncan brings to the film considering his previous films MOON and Source Code:

“I would say it’s a linear story, but at the same time, it’s Duncan Jones. That’s what we wanted, was again that different flare, not just straightforward fantasy and everything. Look, it’s a privilege. Being able to go from Interstellar’s our fifth movie with Chris Nolan into Guillermo del Toro and Gareth Edwards and now Duncan Jones. It’s really a privilege to work around these folks.”

There is very much a sense that Duncan and the team are creating something rather special, indeed he said as much in a recent piece he wrote for Empire magazine’s 300th issue this month:

“We’re doing something that doesn’t happen in Hollywood movies anymore. We’re creating a great, big, grin inducing surprise! And for that reason, I don’t want to tell you too much…”

WARCRAFT will be released March 11th 2016, keep up to date with the countdown to wrap on Duncan’s Twitter feed, and pick up a copy of Empire magazine’s 300th issue for a great piece by Duncan with a couple of exclusive photos from on set by Rodene Jones.

Read Fred Topel’s complete interview with Thomas Tull at Craveonline.

Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu Cast in WARCRAFT – Inspires New Song

Confirmation came of new cast members of Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT last night from Legendary Pictures in the shape of Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu. No details as to which roles they have been cast in at the moment (as is the case with the previous casting news) but Brown’s casting in particular has excited Jones and inspired a new song for Chesney Hawkes and Nik Kershaw to get to work on.

Greeting the world from his Twitter account earlier Jones said:

Duncan Jones Has The Horn 19 Dec 2013
Duncan Jones Has The Horn
Gooood morning all! I’ve got CLANCY FRIGGIN BROWN in Warcraft! I have to say it…. “There can be only one!”
19/12/2013 15:17

We’ve all been trying to figure out how Chesney Hawkes’ hit ‘The One and Only’ would be worked into WARCRAFT after being featured in both of Jones’ previous features (MOON & Source Code) and it seems after a wee think, Duncan has had a blinding flash of inspiration combining the song with a phrase from one of Clancy Brown’s most famous films ‘Highlander‘:

Hmmm…. Hmmm…. Hmmmmmm…… “There can be one and only!”
19/12/2013 15:20

Looking forward to hearing this 🙂

Legendary Reveal WARCRAFT Cast

Quick update for ya on WARCRAFT, Legendary Pictures have just tweeted the principle cast!

Legendary Tweet Cast For WARCRAFT

Reacting to the news breaking, Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim, Red Tails) tweeted out:

“As a career WoW player, 463 days /played, it’s pretty much my ultimate job. proud to be a part of something that is such a major part of me.”

As well as cast Legendary also confirmed production to begin in January 2014 in Vancouver, Canada with a current release date of March 11th 2016.

WARCRAFT Gets Release Date

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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.

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

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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 😉