Duncan Jones from Source Code to direct Warcraft film

31/01/13

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Source Code director Duncan Jones is to make a film based on the World of Warcraft video games by Blizzard Entertainment.

With more than 10 million subscribers globally, World of Warcraft is the world's biggest MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The film's total budget is believed to be in excess of $100 million (£63 million).

The director's first film, Moon, cost $5 million (£3.1m) in 2009.

So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago. Can you make a proper movie of a video game. I've always said its possible. Got to do it now
Duncan Jones

He followed it with Source Code, in 2011, starring Jake Gyllenhaal which had an estimated budget of $32 million (£20m).

The British/American science fiction techno/thriller then went on to gross more than $147 million (£92m) worldwide.

A statement on the Warcraft Facebook page said: "We are pleased to announce that Duncan Jones, director of critically-acclaimed films Source Code and Moon, has signed to direct the upcoming live-action film based on the Warcraft universe."

The director, who was born in Bromley, south London, also confirmed his involvement on Twitter.

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"So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago," he said. "Can you make a proper movie of a video game?

"I've always said it's possible. Got to do it now."

Warcraft has a script by Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt, but plot details are being kept secret.

The film will begin shooting this year for a release some time in 2015.

Duncan Jones is the son of 1960s pop star David Bowie.

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