WOW! A long-rumored film adaptation of "World of Warcraft" is reportedly in the works
UNCONFIRMED: A film based on "World of Warcraft" is being made, starring Johnny Depp
With a tweet, "Source Code" director Duncan Jones has announced his intention to "make a proper MOVIE of a video game" — in this case, a film version of wildly popular, massively multiplayer online role-playing game "World of Warcraft." Best of all, the budget for the film is apparently huge and actor Johnny Depp is said to be being courted for the starring role.
Long talked about project
Film versions of "World of Warcraft" have been talked about for years. The game is enormously popular with more than 10 million paid subscribers, but film versions of video games are a risky enterprise and are often low-budget affairs without Johnny Depp-level stars. Most recently "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi was said to have been tapped for the Warner Brothers project, but i09 reports that Raimi has chosen to concentrate on his "Oz" project, leaving the door open to Jones, a young director who's an avid gamer and, with "Source Code" and "Moon," has a pair of edgy and successful films under his belt.
Depp no sure thing
While by seemingly all accounts the "World of Warcraft" film is a go, whether Depp will be involved appears to still be in limbo. The Tracking Board reports that the script was written by Charles Leavitt and that producers Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Josh Donen will be involved. No word is yet out, however, on whether Depp is as interested in playing the part of a Night Elf assassin or a Draenei shaman as the folks at Warner Brothers are in him doing so.
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