(Penny Arcade's reaction: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/02/01)
The brutally edited tl;dr version of the announcement is this:
We are pleased to announce that Duncan Jones has signed on to direct the upcoming live-action film based on the Warcraft universe.
This announcement, small in size but breathtaking in scope has given rise to questions amongst the many World of Warcraft fellow travelers whom speak to your humble authour from time to time.
"Who the hell is Duncan Jones?"
"Their is a Warcraft movie?"
"No, seriously, who is Duncan Jones?"
"Is it going to be three movies like Bored of the Rings was?"
"Another video game to movie translation? Should have stopped at Mortal Kombat"
And so on.
Of course, the internet being the internet, this has led to an explosion of speculation, at the moment we are only seeing the initial flash and the fireball, but the sound and the shockwave will hit us soon enough. Bringing with it endless speculation threads in the fansite forums and "ZOMG leaked, totes real" fake screenshots. (You KNOW you want to do Sir Ian "Gandalf" McKellen as Medivh. Go on, go on, go on, go on.) And no doubt Blizzard will delight in this by making unassuming announcements all through the year, and/or a huge announcement come Blizzcon.
I am in two minds about this, one the one hand, I am yet to see a video game transition well to the silver screen, though YMMV on this. And on the other, Blizzard have a reputation to uphold, as cut scenes from their history of successful franchises and their sequels (Lets not talk about Warcraft Adventures) have proven to be amazing to watch, but I worry that Blizzard could possibly maintain that kind of standard over 90 minutes, or three hours as the average fantasy movie tends to span nowadays. And of course, there is this overarching worry that Blizzard will make a complete Silent Hill of it. Because if Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that when you are onto a good thing, flog it to death.
Are you excited about the upcoming Warcraft movie? Or are you indifferent? Who would you like to see star in it?
Speculate please, I live for this stuff.