In the wake of Legendary Pictures divorce from Warner Bros., the latter has decided that they will not distribute a number of Legendary feature films including Seventh Son, Hot Wheels, Mass Effec and its World of Warcraft movie. WB and Legendary will still partner on 300: Rise of an Empire and Godzilla. Legendary has also been cut out of the Man of Steel sequel that’s tentatively titled Superman vs Batman but they will co-finance Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Legendary will be presenting its World of Warcraft movie (and Mass Effect project) to Universal in the coming months and from there, it will be Universal’s decision as to whether they want to distribute the films according to The Hollywood Reporter. Without a distributor, the likelihood of a Warcraft film actually getting made is very unlikely.
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.