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The videogame movie revolution continues to surge. Ubisoft has created their own in-house offshoot company to develop films based on their properties 'Assassins Creed,' 'Splinter Cell,' and 'Ghost Recon.' They've netted big stars like Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy for those projects. On top of that, Scott Derrickson ('Sinister') is directing a film version of 'Deus Ex.' Now, it appears one of the most successful multi-player online role-playing games is getting the big screen treatment. Legendary Pictures is adapting Blizzard Entertainment's 'World of Warcraft' into a movie, and Duncan Jones ('Moon') has just been tapped to direct. The game takes place in the fantasy world of Azeroth, and players develop characters over time; gaining experience points as they take on various quests. Charles Leavitt ('Blood Diamond') has penned the script for the adaptation, but details are being withheld. Legendary is aiming for production to begin this fall ahead of a 2015 release.
This is great news, if a bit baffling. Duncan Jones is a fantastic director, and one who understands the concept of working within genre to communicate intimate, thought-provoking character stories. 'Moon' was a triumph for many reasons, not the least of which was the fact that Jones did so much with such a limited budget and a small scale. It didn't hurt that he cast Sam Rockwell, but Jones proved himself to be a masterful storyteller right out of the gate. For a project like the 'World of Warcraft' movie to net Jones bodes quite well for its quality. It is however an odd choice for the studio. Though he did make 'Source Code,' a step up in in terms of ambition, 'WoW' is potentially still the biggest thing he's ever tackled. One wonders if this massively multi-player online game will be matched in scale by the movie, which would be new territory for Jones, or if he will be allowed to tell a microcosmic fantasy tale. Either way, I have to applaud Legendary for this bold and inspired director choice.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for a 'World of War Craft' movie? Is Jones the right choice to direct?