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Duncan Jones to direct ‘Warcraft’ for Legendary

'Source Code' helmer tapped for adaptation of popular videogame

Legendary Pictures has closed a deal with “Source Code” helmer Duncan Jones to direct the live-action “Warcraft,” its adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s hit videogame.

Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce for Legendary along with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Jones’ producing partner Stuart Fenegan will exec produce and Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Charles Leavitt (“The Seventh Son”) came on board last August to pen the script. Legendary said it’s planning to start lensing in the fall for a summer 2015 release.

Sam Raimi announced last summer he was no longer was involved with “Warcraft” at San Diego Comic-Con due to his commitments to Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Legendary picked up film rights to adapt the popular fantasy vidgame franchise in 2006.

Legendary is in post on six titles this year due to be released through Warner Bros. — “The Hangover Part III,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”; Zach Snyder’s “Man of Steel”; baseball biopic “42”; sequel “300: Rise of an Empire”; and Sergei Bodrov’s “Seventh Son.” It’s also prepping production on a reboot of “Godzilla,” set for a May 16, 2014 release.

Roven’s a producer on “Man of Steel.” Atlas is in pre-production on David O. Russell’s untitled project starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner with lensgin planned to begin in March.

Jones also directed “Moon” for Sony Classics. He is represented by CAA, Independent Talent Group in the UK, and attorney Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman & Goodman LLP.

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