Slated for release June 10th 2016, Warcraft has already completed filming and is in post-production. It was originally scheduled to be released on December 18th. 2015, but adjusted the release date due to Star Wars: The Force Awakens being released on that day.
Warcraft stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky and is directed by Duncan Jones.
Portraying the original story of the first human and orc interactions, the movie follows Sir Anduin Lothar as the story unfolds, and focuses on showing both sides of the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Warcraft games’ backstory, Anduin Lothar is known as the ‘Lion of Stormwind’ and was a driving force for the Alliance in the First War, which was the conflict between the humans and the orcs. Anduin represents the Alliance protagonist in the film, and it is expected that a significant portion of the movie will be from his perspective. The main Horde protagonist is Durotan, chieftan of the Frostwolf orcs, who leads the orcs in their first encounter with the humans of Azeroth.
The characters in the story were created based upon concept art by Blizzard Entertainment, and then adapted to real 3-D models. The film involves both motion capture and in-camera effects, as director Duncan Jones had a goal of making the movie feel as real as possible for the World of Warcraft universe.
The orcs, especially, received special treatment and focus, hoping to make them as fluid as possible. With movie adaptations like Warcraft, it’s easy for small details that don’t mesh with what we know of a story to pull the viewer completely out of the story and make it tedious to watch. It appears that Duncan and the crew working on Warcraft have made it a priority to keep the story feeling authentic and real enough to pull you inside it.
A trailer that was shown exclusively at SDCC and later leaked onto the internet has been removed, and no current trailers are available to view. Hopefully we will see some new teasers soon, as the date for release is quickly approaching. Legendary and Blizzard Entertainment will work to build hype for the movie to attract not only the World of Warcraft fanbase, but also non-gamers who love fantasy films and aren’t already a part of the fanbase.
Director Jones has this to say, in a recent interview:
“Now, fortunately, Warcraft has 20 years of storytelling to pick from. And for us, the obvious choice was to go right to the beginning of that story when Orcs first met Humans. That was kind of our initial set up. And then a lot of things fall into place from that. You kind of know who your main characters are going to be because you have the lore to set you on the path at that point. But again, working with the guys at Blizzard, using their creativity and our own, I think we were able to refine and pare down what it is that would make a good core story for a film because a film is always going to be different from a game. And you always have to have a narrative. The audience isn’t going to be there to choose the story for you.”
As a long-time Blizzard Entertainment fan, I’m excited to see this movie, and I really hope that director Jones does justice to the stories that I love. My gamer friends and I used to joke that Blizzard Entertainment and Apple coming together could easily mean world domination for the two powerhouses. Is the venture into the movie realm the first step for Blizzard? Maybe, just maybe. (I’m kidding… or am I??)
Do you think they’ll succeed? Are you excited to see the Warcraft movie and see the story unfold on the big screen? Sound off in the comments below!
Via Den of Geek