World of Warcraft to be filmed by Moon director Duncan Jones
This is the one gamers have been waiting for: a World of Warcraft (WoW) movie. The world’s largest massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), which has 10 million subscribers, has been in the pipeline for a movie adaptation for a number of years, with Sam Raimi attached to the project. Yesterday, however, Warner Bros appears to have given the go-ahead to Moon-director Duncan Jones, who posted on his twitter account “The gauntlet was thrown down ages ago. Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. I’ve always said it’s possible. Got to DO it now! ;)”
Talk already abounds on the cast, with the rumour-swirl seeming to have landed around Johnny Depp for some reason. Warner Bros seem convinced of the profitability of this adaptation, reportedly supplying the son of David Bowie with $100 million to make his vision a reality. Producers Thomas Tull and John Jashni are reportedly planning on an autumn start date, with tentative release date some time in 2015.
There have been about twenty video-game adaptations in the last decade, ranging in terms of box office success from 2009’s Tekken which pulled in less than $1 million worldwide from a budget of thirty times that, to 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which grossed over $300 million worldwide on a whopping budget of $200 million. The average rottentomatoes score of the past twenty adaptations is around 16%, with a high of 34% for Prince of Persia (making it the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful video-game adaptation of the decade!) to 1% for 2005’s Alone in the Dark. Check out our review of the latest one Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. So the trend is there to be bucked.