Compared to other movie adaptations stuck in pre-production hell, I'd come to assume that the World of Warcraft movie was actually looking to be in good shape. I mean Duncan Jones was slated as Director: the man who made the incredible Moon and the 'also sort of good' Source Code. Surely things are going swell? Yes and no...
Yes, because it appears as though Legendary Pictures is quite happy to bide its time on the project and make the best movie possible. No, because they still don't really know how they want to approach making the movie to begin with!
Speaking to Slash Film, Thomas Tull, head of Legendary Pictures, explained the situation.
"So for us, it’s that we don’t know how to make a movie out of Warcraft, the video game," he began. "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.
"And so having Duncan Jones realize that for us was exciting. 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, 'Forget whether or not there’s a built-in audience. Does this stand on its own, and is it great?' Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re under suspicion of going there. And Duncan is one of those directors that you just, 'This guy gets it.'"
So this means we'll probably have to wait it out for a movie based in the Warcraft universe, but it might be worth it in the end.