Appearing at a press conference for “Pacific Rim,” Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull gave a lengthy response when asked about the challenge of developing a film based on the popular MMORPG “World of Warcraft” franchise. Duncan Jones (“Moon”) is slated to direct the film which isn’t expected to go into production for some time. Tull says:
“A lot of times what has happened in the past is, studios have said, ‘How many people play that game? Okay, then that means they’ll probably all go out and buy tickets [to see the film].’ That is an incredibly poor way to make a movie.
We don’t know how to make a movie out of ‘Warcraft,’ the video game. It’s the incredible story, the war, and these races, and everything these guys at Blizzard have come up with. They have 100 books, and just this incredibly rich world that they’ve created.
We’ve taken our time [developing this property], because we absolutely don’t want to screw it up. And I think we’re getting close to a place where we’re ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, ‘Does this stand on its own, and is it great?’ Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet. The next two years are going to be pretty exciting.”