‘World of Warcraft’ Movie Gets a December 2015 Release Date. 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.
Production company Legendary Pictures described the film on Facebook this week as an “epic adventure of world-colliding conflict” — with a reported $100 million budget — that will be directed by Duncan Jones, the man behind sci-fi films Source Code and Moon.
Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt will pen the script, while Universal Pictures will distribute the movie in 2015. All parties have yet to announce any cast members.
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 2009release. 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 300and The Dark Knight Trilogy. Production for Warcraft will begin in January.