Moon director jealous of Sam Raimi, believes the World of Warcraft film could be a game changer

Duncan Jones - the celebrated director of 2010's cult-hit Moon and the prodigal son of David Bowie - is jealous. In an interview with Badass Digest, Jones revealed that not only is he an addicted gamer in his downtime, but that Sam Raimi's upcoming World of Warcraft movie could be the video game film that finally advances the oft-maligned genre.

“I’m hugely jealous of SamRaimi. I really believe World of Warcraft could be the launch of computer games as good films,” said Jones.

Describing himself as a rare breed of director who actually plays video games instead of simply claiming to do so for the street cred, Jones added that Raimi's upcoming adaptation could be the first film to accurately convey the genuine experience of gaming to audiences, noting: “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.”


Relating his perspective to the WoW movie, Jones said, “from the little I’ve read of interviews with him the way [Sam Raimi]'s approaching it makes so much sense. It’s what I was talking about – it’s not worrying about how the game plays, it’s about creating the world of the game and investing the audience in that world.”

Duncan Jones may not be a familiar name in gaming circles, but his rising status in Hollywood, relation to a music legend, and his genuine love for gaming could very well make him a positive influence on video game based movies in the future. Aside from Uwe Boll, of course.

His next film, Source Code, arrives this April.

Jan 3, 2011

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  • shyfonzie - January 4, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    I love Moon so much that I will just believe whatever Duncan Jones says. That WOW movie will be great guys! Really!
  • adrenaguy - January 4, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    @cosmicshambles i would very much like to point out that there are times when i have gotten laid due to the very fact that i adore WoW and my brother, in fact, now is married to a swedish girl he met through WoW but of course, those of my friends who don't play WoW are actually still virgins. fail <3
  • Ridgley - January 4, 2011 6:26 a.m.

  • Eliath - January 3, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Moon is awesome. The Spiderman movies and WoW are not.
  • cosmicshambles - January 3, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    Moon was good. David Bowie is awesome. The Spider-Man movies were terrible. Those of us with sex lives do not care about WoW. ;-)
  • skeletalbutton - January 3, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    WOW If you scroll up and down on the picture of moon on the main page, you see an optical illusion... Wooooow
  • waitingforCharlietosnap - January 3, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    I do love Mr. Raimi (including two of the three Spider-Man movies), but I just don't have a lot of faith in video game movies. Plus, to relate more directly to the article, I think Duncan Jones really isn't basing his thoughts about the WoW movie off of... anything.
  • batmanboy11 - January 3, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    Moon was awesome, but I'm not sure if he's qualified for WOW.
  • flabslapper - January 3, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    look I understand that Sam Raimi is a great director and writer...when given the right material/is allowed to do what he does best. As far as I'm concerned, and I may be alone in this, the Spider-man movies were terrible, and I don't see him doing a good job with a movie based on WoW, though if I could see the future I wouldn't be writing this right now in my parent's basement in man-sauce stained pajamas
  • MattoMcFly - January 3, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Moon was hands down one of the more creative films of 2010, but I did only watch it once. Considering it had roughly 2 actors, I'm pretty sure it was as low budget as they come for a theatrical release. Also, David Bowie is my hero, but I thought adding that would have seemed creepy
  • mahabat - January 3, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Moon was pretty cool, watched it a couple times just to get it, it seems like he should probably stick to maybe a lower budget movie, but a video game one made by him that doesnt try to be to epic could work well

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