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Duncan Jones Will Follow ‘Moon’ and ‘Source Code’ with ‘World of Warcraft’

Written by on January 30, 2013 

Nowadays, Duncan Jones spends more time tweeting about video games than he does about movies — fully understandable when development on the latter isn’t making public waves — so if you can consider this news anything, consider it a reconciliation of personal interests.

As announced in THR, the Moon and Source Code director is next to inherit Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment’s fantasy epic World of Warcraft. The movie — based on Blizzard Entertainment’s massively, terrifyingly popular MMORPG — though once in the hands of Sam Raimi, had to gather whatever necessary pieces came off following his official departure this past July. Now it’s in the hands of, possibly, a much more appropriate talent; unlike the Spider-Man helmer, Jones has, for years, shown himself to be a dyed-in-the-wool geek for this sort of stuff. Reasonably, you have to ask yourself what that matters when the studio-commissioned screenplay — from Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt — is, well, just that, whereas something such as Mute, which he’s wanted to make for years, has been dormant from an inability to get good financial backing.

Ideally, it’ll come together much in the same way Source Code was selected for ties to his own sci-fi interests. But that, sadly, won’t be evident for a few more years, as World of Warcraft begins production this fall and should arrive in 2015 — likely around the summer, I’m guessing. At the moment, Duncan Jones has another project on deck, and I’m very happy about that alone. My thoughts on the actual task remain in question.

How does Jones taking on Warcraft strike you?

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