'Moon,' 'Source Code' director chosen for Warcraft movie

By John Keefer, Jan 31, 2013 12:30pm PST

Not much has been said about the new Warcraft movie since Sam Raimi said he was no longer directing the film. But now, Legendary Pictures has announced his replacement, grabbing the the director of sci-fi films Moon and Source Code.

The Hollywood Reporter said Duncan Jones is taking the helm of the live-action adaptation of the Blizzard franchise. It is a big jump in terms of scale for Jones, with Moon and Source Code having had $1 million and $35 million budgets, respectively. Warcraft is expected to exceed $100 million.

He later tweeted that he thinks he is up to the task: "So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to DO it now! ;)"

Details on the movie have been sketchy since it was first discussed back in 2007. The script is already complete, but is a tightly guarded secret. Production is expected to start this fall, with a planned release of 2015. Chris Metzen, Blizzard's vice president of story and franchise development, is a co-producer on the film.

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