Duncan Jones has already made a name for himself with the stylish science fiction of his two films, Moon and Source Code.  Both films are moody, thoughtful, and modestly-budgeted affairs that bespeak a director weaned on such movies as Solaris, Silent Running and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  So it came as a bit of a surprise when it was announced today that Jones will direct the live-action film adaptation of Warcraft, the Blizzard Entertainment role-playing video game franchise.

Produced by Charles Roven and Alex Gartner for Blizzard/ Atlas Entertainment and Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni for Legendary Pictures.  The Hollywood Reporter notes that Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, K-PAX) is penning the script, but that all other screenplay details are being kept secret.  Leavitt does have his work cut out for him, however, as the series of Warcraft multiplayer online games branch out into a myriad of storylines that include such creatures as orcs, aliens, zombies, and werewolves, and is set on the world of Azeroth.

It’s hard to imagine the quiet style of Jones being stretched over the gargantuan Warcraft storyline, but then, it seemed a little strange when Christopher Nolan took over the Batman franchise, too.

What do you think of the Warcraft news?