Duncan Jones, who is most known for directing the acclaimed Moon, will be making a jump to large, tent-pole franchise this year as he has signed on to helm the big screen adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft game. The hugely popular video game brings together many elements of the fantasy genre and mashes it together with science-fiction. Depending on the version of the game you are playing, the story can include anything from dragons and orcs to zombies and werewolves, and even aliens and spaceships.
Legendary Pictures has had a film in development for some time with a script- which it will use for this film- written by Charles Leavitt. Warner Brothers will produce and finance the project, which is hoping for a production start of late 2013 with a release sometime in 2015.
As mentioned, Duncan, the son of music icon David Bowie, has previous stuck with smaller budget films. Moon, which he wrote and directed, was produced for around $1 million, while his second venture, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starred Source Code, was made for about $35 million. Warcraft is expected to pass the $100 million mark for production.
Another big story has developed in regards to this film and that is Johnny Depp is being rumored for the lead role. According to Tracking Board, Depp’s name is being tossed around, but because the film’s script is being kept quite secret, there is no word on who…or what he would be playing if this rumor should come to fruition. Looking at Depp’s past roles, his quirky choices seem to be a good fit for a human or “other” role in the film.
Obviously, this is just a rumor at this point, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information rolls out. Depp can next be seen alongside Armie Hammer in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, opening later this year.
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