Whatever happens with the release of Warcraft, the death of his father David Bowie means that 2016 will always be regarded as an awful year for Duncan Jones. However, the director of Moon and Source Code has now admitted that he was at least able to show his pops most of Warcraft before his untimely passing in January, and David Bowie was hugely excited to see his son working in his dream profession.
Duncan Jones made this revelation to The Daily Beast while discussing his work on the fantasy epic, admitting that even though David Bowie was a pop culture icon whose impact made it easy to forget he was actually a human being, to him he was, first and foremost, his father. Duncan Jones explained:
I showed him an early cut of this and showed him some of the effects shots. You know, for everyone else, he was one person. For me, he was my dad. And he was always interested in things I was working on. So I showed him what I was working on, and he was all excited for me and happy that I was doing the thing that I enjoyed doing in my life.
Duncan Jones’ work on Warcraft has been tinged with tragedy. Shortly after signing up for the film his wife, Rodene Ronquillo, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She bravely fought off the disease, and in February, Duncan Jones took to Twitter to reveal that she was expecting their first child together.
Unfortunately, one month before this declaration, Duncan Jones’ father, David Bowie, died from the liver cancer that he had been battling for 18 months. The musician, artist and actor had kept the news secret from the public. Speaking to the New York Times just last week about his time working on Warcraft, Jones admitted, "My film started and ended with cancer."
Duncan Jones has been overseeing production on Warcraft since January 2013, when he replaced Sam Raimi in the director’s chair. Shooting on Warcraft finally began a year later, and lasted for just four months. Since then, Duncan Jones and his post-production team have been working on editing and integrating computer-generated imagery into the film for twenty months. You can check out Duncan Jones and his team’s work on Warcraft below.
The early reaction to Warcraft has been rather lukewarm, though, with the fantasy epic currently having just a score of 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. You’ll be able to check it out for yourself when Warcraft is released in the US on June 10, 2016.