charles leavitt

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The World of Warcraft movie has been on-again off-again, but it looks like Legendary Pictures has no plans to shelve it and wait for bluer skies.  After losing Sam Raimi last year, the project was delayed, but now it’s back on track again.  And it looks like the winner of the “Who is going to try and direct WoW” prize goes to – Duncan Jones.

Jones is perhaps best known for a smart little picture called Moon, a moody flick that gathered in some good reviews.  The WoW adaptation, tentatively called Warcraft, will be a move into a much larger production value for Jones, however.  In fact, Legendary has dedicated a reported $100 million to the project.  With a script by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), there may finally be the right combination of director, writer and cash-flow needed to make a video game movie that doesn’t completely suck balls.

It certainly doesn’t seem like the usual pile of Hollywood fodder chosen for video game adaptations.  It makes me wonder if Legendary has it in mind to try their hands at creating a franchise on the level of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.  They certainly have the branding for it, should they manage to avoid falling flat on their face with the story.

What do ye olde Nerd Readers think?  A darker and more sophisticated video game flick?  Or just more inevitable lameness in a pretty package?

If all things go well, the crew plans on starting on the WoW movie this fall with hopes to get a 2015 release.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

(gratuitous half-naked WoW girl included for shameless self-promotion)

Adapting video games into films is almost always a bad idea, and a long trail of the dead exists to prove that fact. Still, people persist in their belief that a decent film can come about using a video game world.  One of the die-hard attempts to make movie dollars from an already cash-rich title is that of World of Warcraft.

They’ve been working hard at it now for… what, about six years?  A number of writers have been brought on board and then lost.  In 2009, Sam Raimi (!!!) was set to direct the film, but recently he too abandoned ship.  Sitting in pre-production limbo with hardly a chance of being made, what ever shall World of Warcraft do?  Why hire another scriptwriter and start the whole thing from scratch, of course.

The latest news has Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) set to try his hand at making the script into a workable and desirable object that may convince the gods to stop stepping angrily all over the project.  Providing the rewrite doesn’t take yet another 6 years, we may see the folks at Legendary looking for another director and then, eventually… casting!

What do you humble (or not so humble) Nerdreaders think?  WoW movie – good or bad?  Chance in hell?  Doomed by evil forces to permanent pre-production?

 

Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up on this one.