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World of Warcraft movie dated for December 2015

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Among the hordes of Warcraft fans clamoring for a feature film set in Azeroth? Then don’t plan any big dinner parties for Friday, December 18, 2015.

That’s the date Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment have pegged for the release of "Warcraft," a joint production based on the massive online game.

Described as “an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict,” the movie is being directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon”) and is being co-written by Jones and Charles Leavitt (“K-PAX,” “Blood Diamond”). Blizzard VP of story and franchise development Chris Metzen will serve as a co-producer to make sure everything is legit.

The movie is supposed to start filming in 2014, though the cast has yet to be announced. Rumors point to the likes of Colin Farrell, Paula Patton, and Paul Dano, but nothing’s been confirmed. It’s been a stop-and-go affair for the WarCraft film, which initially was to be helmed by Sam Raimi, who left the project to work on Oz: The Great and Powerful.

While thirst for the film remains great among fans, Blizzard has watched its playerbase deteriorate since it was first announced in 2006. In July the company announced that World of Warcraft subscriptions had dipped to 7.7 million, its lowest number since 2007.

More news about the film could be revealed at the BlizzCon convention in early November.

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