Will the World of Warcraft movie lead the way for more movies to be based on games?

With the long-awaited film Warcraft slated for release in 2016, the future is looking bright for movies inspired by video games.

Warcraft, an epic fantasy film based on the hugely popular World of Warcraft video game, will premiere in movie theaters across the US on March 11, 2016. The Legendary / Universal Pictures production is directed by Duncan Jones, based on a screenplay that he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt, who first joined the project in 2013 after Sam Raimi pulled out. British-born Jones is best known for previous big screen successes Moon and Source Code, while seasoned scriptwriter Leavitt is also no stranger to Hollywood.

Prognosis is good

With a cast that includes Vikings heart-throb Travis Fimmel and action babe Paula Patton, together with a complex plot that concentrates on the World of Warcraft’s initial encounters between the humans and the Orcs, all the signs are there that this film will achieve a similar success to 2014’s Need for Speed, another game converted into a film that – despite fairly negative reviews – went on to earn $203.3 million in box office revenue worldwide.

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