Written by Nishanthini Ganesan 
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World of Warcraft fans might be interested to note that their favorite fantasy game is being adapted into a film. 

Legendary Pictures has announced that Duncan Jones, who also directed Moon (2009) and the well-received Source Code (2011), will have the difficult task of turning the iconic online multiplayer game into a movie that will both please fans, as well as interest cinema-goers. The makers of World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment has been planning a film adaptation of the hugely-popular game for years.

With around 10 million players currently subscribed to World of Warcraft, the movie already has an audience. However, there is no saying how this movie will fare in the eyes of critics. It has been a long-standing struggle for movies based on video games to garner box-office success, as well as critical acclaim. 

Along with the news also came the confirmation that Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt will be penning the script and that Jones’ longtime collaborator, Stuart Fenegan, will take on the role of executive producer for this film. Fenegan will be joined by producers from Atlas Entertainment, Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment. With a reported budget of US$100 Million, this will be Jones’ first big-budget production.

Jones’s first film, Moon, earned him a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

The acclaimed science-fiction director turned to his Twitter page in response to the news, tweeting “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! ;).”

Production for the film is set to begin in Fall 2013 and it is expected to be released in Summer 2015.

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