If Hollywood is going to ever successfully adapt a video game into a solid film, then they are going to have to hire some talented directors to get it done. It’s hard to put a noteworthy director’s face to any of the critical flops over the last decade, unless you can consider Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson as noteworthy.
Believe it or not, but at 43 percent, the highest rated Hollywood video game adaptation on aggregate site RottenTomatoes is actually Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and who directed that? Series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, meaning we can’t knock a guy for at least trying to give his own series a shot in the big leagues. The Prince of Persia film takes a distant second with 35 percent positive reviews.
Well, it seems Hollywood is ready to get serious and wants to put some talent behind one of these computer games the kids play. Blizzard’s Warcraft has been one of the hottest and most prolific franchises of the last couple decades, with two monster hits in Warcraft III and World of Warcraft. Who better to helm the project than an up-and-coming critical success named Duncan Jones?
Those unfamiliar with Jones’ work thus far should really check out his two hit films. His indie debut, Moon, is a slowly paced and mysterious science fiction one man show with famed actor Sam Rockwell. His debut film won him awards all around the word. His leap into Hollywood came with Source Code, also a critical success for being a smart and fast action techno thriller with an admittedly schmaltzy ending.
And, if you also need to know, he’s David Bowie’s son.
Legendary Pictures is moving forward with a script written by Charles Leavitt of Blood Diamond fame. Filming will commence soon with an estimated budget of $100 million. Color me intrigued.