Video Game Adaptation 'Warcraft' to Hit Theaters Winter 2015

Duncan Jones

The movie will be the first release under the new partnership between Universal and Legendary Pictures.

Warcraft, based on Blizzard Entertainment's fantasy video game franchise, will roll out in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, looking to take advantage of the year-end holidays.

Warcraft will mark the first film to be released under Universal's production and co-financing partnership with Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures. Legendary was previously based at Warner Bros., where it co-financed a raft of films including Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise.

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The first game in the Warcraft canon, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, was released in 1994. Sequels followed in 1995 and 2002. The initial trilogy were all real-time strategy games, a genre where players amass resources to build and deploy forces across a map in an attempt to control territory and destroy rival armies. Then, in 2004, Blizzard released World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the same universe. Currently, WoW boast over 7 million active users, making it the most popular game of its type in the world.

Duncan Jones will direct the adaptation from a script he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt.

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Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing alongside Tull and Jon Jashni for Legendary. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O'Connor are producing, while Blizzard's Chris Metzen will co-produce.