Duncan Jones has signed up to direct a big-screen adaptation of the hugely popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft.
Jones’s appointment was announced on the official World of Warcraft Twitter feed, and the 41-year-old filmmaker also took to the microblogging site to confirm his involvement.
He wrote: “So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to DO it now! ;)”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Warcraft film will be a blockbuster affair with a budget “north of $100 million”.
World of Warcraft, perhaps the best known “massively multiplayer online game” in existence, has won numerous gaming awards since it was first released in 2004 and currently boasts over 10m subscribers worldwide. The game takes place in a fantasy/sci-fi setting and features elements like dragons, zombies and alien spaceships.
Legendary Films, the company making the World of Warcraft movie, has yet to release any plot details, but the movie will be scripted by Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt.
Casting details are also currently scarce, but production on the World of Warcraft film will begin in March with Legendary hoping to release the movie in 2015.
Jones, the filmmaker son of David Bowie, won a Bafta in 2010 for his sci-fi film Moon and scored another critical hit in 2011 with the Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted Source Code.