A new report implies that director Duncan Jones is set to being filming “Warcraft” on January 13th for Legendary Pictures. Production Weekly brings the news that offices are being setup in Vancouver’s CMPP studios for pre-production. PW has pretty strong track record concerning these types of confirmations so consider the news on the up and up.
Recently, Legendary declined to renew their partnership with Warner Bros. and left for greener pastures at Universal Pictures. WB had the option to still co-finance and distribute the film but declined to do so. Roughly two weeks ago, it was reported that Legendary planned to pitch the film’s concept to Universal and determine whether that studio would assume the role vacated by WB. The news from Production Weekly tells me two things have potentially happened – 1) Legendary has already pitched to Universal and they’re on board; or 2) Legendary has decided to fully finance the video game movie on their own, regardless of what Universal decides.
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) August 28, 2013
Initially put into development in 2006, progress on a World of Warcraft movie was jumpstarted in 2013 with the revelation that Source Code director Duncan Jones had signed on to helm the project. At San Diego Comic Con 2013, test footage for the project was shown which was recieved highly positive reactions from fans and critics alike. The movie is set to occur one year before the events of World of Warcraft and follow the Alliance. Sam Raimi was previously attached to helm the project before Jones. Johnny Depp is currently rumored to be up for the role of Medivh. Screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Seventh Son) penned the script.