It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Duncan Jones movie. After his 2009 directorial debut, the fantastic Moon, he quickly turned around and gave us 2011’s brainteaser of a film, Source Code. Now, over five years later, Jones’ third film – an adaptation of the popular Warcraft video games – will finally hit theaters. (In the interview, I compare Warcraft to Gun N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy… and just like Chinese Democracy, Warcraft is finally, actually being released.)
If you’re a fan of Duncan Jones’ films, you know that he’s always included Chesney Hawkes’ “The One and Only” somewhere in the movie (best known as the song that opens the 1991 Michael J. Fox vehicle, Doc Hollywood) – which is a little tough to pull off in a fantasy film about Orcs fighting humans over the control of the world they both inhabit. And, no, if you see Warcraft, you will not hear Chesney Hawkes. But, as Jones explains, he does have a surprise for you on the Blu-ray.
Ahead, Jones talks about his history with video games, why his next movie – the sci-fi thriller, Mute, which has been described as a spiritual sequel to Moon – is influenced by M*A*S*H (?!?!), and why he thinks it’s about time to start another Twitter war with Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
There’s no Chesney Hawkes “The One and Only” in Warcraft.
[Laughs.] When the DVD and Blu-ray comes out, there are extra scenes. Not only was Chesney Hawkes’ song in there but Chesney Hawkes was in there as a bard performing the song.
Are you being serious?
Yes. So that actually exists as footage that we’ll put on the extra features. It does exist. If we get to do an extended edition ever, I’ll put it back in.
That’s much better than my idea of using it when Ben Foster’s character is shooting lightning.
You’ll have to wait. It exists!
That song always reminds me of Doc Hollywood.
[Laughs.] Absolutely. Yeah.
You were a video game player…
Oh yes, absolutely. I kind of traveled a lot growing up. And for me, books, movies, and video games were kind of the things I could take with me wherever I went. And that’s what gave me a little touchstone so wherever I was moving, that was home. I was playing video games from a very young age.
What did you start with? The Atari 2600?
Yeah, I was on the Atari 2600, then the Commodore 64, then Amiga. My buddies had the Apple IIe, so we played Wolfenstein.
I was envious of people who had Wolfenstein.
The Amiga was the big one for me that really got me hooked.
I just bought an Atari 2600.
Oh, very cool.
It’s very hard to hook up in 2016.
With the faux wood?
Oh, yeah. That’s nice.
The first game I remember having an elaborate backstory was Yars’ Revenge.
I remember there were all sorts of Indiana Jones wannabe games. There was Pitfall and there was Riddle of the Sphinx.
You’ve been gone awhile. We haven’t seen a Duncan Jones movie since 2011.