It’s been announced that an official release date for Warcraft, the movie based on the popular MMO game World of Warcraft, has been locked in.
Warcraft, the long-anticipated movie based on Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly popular World of Warcraft video game franchise, finally has another release date: Dec. 18, 2015.
The company Legendary Pictures announced the release date on its Facebook page, saying that the film represents “an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict.”
If the movie really comes out on December 18, it might compete with probably the most anticipated movie of 2015 – Star Wars, if the latter comes out on Christmas, instead of its usual Memorial Day spot. At least World of Warcraft won’t be coming out in the summer, where it would go up against Avengers 2 and Batman Vs Superman.
The movie will be produced by Legendary Pictures and directed by Duncan Jones, the man behind such movies as Source Code and Moon. The script is written by Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt in partnership with the director himself, Duncan Jones.
It was previously thought that Legendary Pictures had teamed up with Warner Bros. to release the film, but according to Blizzard’s tweet, it looks like they might have gone with Universal instead, that will distribute the movie in 2015.
Unlike Jones’ previous films, which had smaller budgets in the $35 million range, Warcraft is set to be a big, CGI-filled, blockbuster with a reported budget of more than $100 million.
So far, Legendary has largely succeeded at bringing fantasy and spectacle to the big screen with hits such as 300, Inception, Man of Steel, and the Dark Knight Trilogy. Shooting is set to start early next year, but there’s no official word on who’ll inhabit the world of Azeroth on the big screen just yet, says the Verge.
World of Warcraft certainly has enough fans and enough cinematic elements in the game to get a lot of people interested. Earlier there were speculations about Colin Farrell being part of the movie, however the actor has not yet confirmed his involvement in the project. So far he is still the biggest name attached to a video game movie.
As the Mashable reports, a big-screen adaptation of World of Warcraft has been talked about for years without much progress until now. Legendary and Blizzard first teamed up in 2006 and planned for a 2009 release. That movie got postponed, though, as scripts and directors came and went.
Sam Raimi, who at the time had directed the original Spider-Man Trilogy, was then tapped to take the helm. That version was supposed to head to theaters in 2011, but a year later Raimi left to instead direct Oz the Great and Powerful. It wasn’t until earlier this year that Jones signed on and got the ball rolling once more.
Legendary Pictures has a solid history of bringing fantasy to movie theaters, including 300 and The Dark Knight Trilogy. Production for Warcraft will begin in January.