Given the massive success of World of Warcraft, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided that they want a movie made out of it. Nobody expected it was going to take this much time, though. But finally, Duncan Jones has just been given the go-ahead from Warner Bros. In order to helm a big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s extremely popular MMORPG.
“The gauntlet was thrown down ages ago,” commented Jones on Twitter. “Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. I’ve always said it’s possible. Got to DO it now! ;)”
Warner initially wanted Sam Raimi to helm the adaptation, but the director eventually dropped out of the project. Now that Jones is in the driver’s seat, things are expected to pick up. The director was given a $100m budget in order to make this project happen, which represents a significant step up in scale for the director. A script has also been written, with the latest draft coming from Charles Leavitt.
No casting has been announced yet, but since this is modern Hollywood, you can pretty much expect Johnny Depp to be considered for the starring role (a Dora the Explorer movie will have Johnny Depp attached to the starring role at some point in time). Producers John Jashni and Thomas Tull are currently targeting an autumn start date.