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Film Director Believes Warcraft Movie Could Be First Great Video Game Movie

Written on January 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Director of "Moon" and upcoming "Source Code", Duncan Jones, sat down and expressed his thoughts about video games to movies adaptations. Though disappointed with the adaptations made over the past 20 years, he believes that we can still find a spark of light on the upcoming Warcraft movie. And he extremely envies Sam Raimi.

Face it, there is almost no video game to movie adaptation that’s considered great or even memorable by gamers and movie goers alike. One of the most memorable that we can pick up are probably the Super Mario Brothers and Jean Claude Vann-Dame’s Streetfighter movie back in the 90s. Unfortunately, they were remembered in a really bad way.

, director of and the upcoming Source Code is really cynical when it comes to directors claiming that they’re actual gamers, since film making practically takes up a chunk of a person’s life. Not Duncan Jones, though. Despite the life of a director, he still finds the time to play games during late nights.

When asked if he’s skeptical about the future of video game to movie adaptations, he vividly points out the aspects alot of directors missed in the past years:

“I definitely think there is an intangible aspect of in the interactivity that a film is never going to capture. But that is not what a game adaptation needs to be. A good game adaptation is where you find the story or the emotional aspect that’s at the heart of a computer game and you replicate that on film. It doesn’t mean you need to have first person perspective or try and capture the mechanics of a game. If you’re going to make a film of a game it’s got to be about the essence of why you, the audience, care what’s going on. There are certain games where that will work, and there are certain games where it doesn’t.”

He also pointed out that the crossover of the two industries first needs to have a solid project. And he believes that the right project is Warcraft, which unfortunately Blizzard has already awarded to , the famous director of the Spiderman films.

He’s still hopes to get the job as the director of the highly anticipated film adaptation of Blizzard’s most popular franchise since Sam Raimi is getting too busy with his other film project, The Great and Mighty Oz. Well, as long as we get our Warcraft movie sooner, then maybe it’s best if we’ll leave it to the hands of people who already want to start it.

Duncan Jones admist he’s a gamer by heart as he plays and Starcraft II. He owns a PS3 and a Nintendo Wii but is mostly a PC gamer.

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