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Warcraft: The Beginning, or just Warcraft, is a movie directed by Duncan Jones, produced by Legendary Pictures, and distributed by Universal Pictures. It began filming at the beginning of 2014, and was released on May 30, 2016 in the UK, and on June 10, 2016 release date in the United States. AMC and IMAX ran a promotion that allowed US moviegoers to see the movie early on June 8, 2016 at select AMC/IMAX 3D theaters. However, the world premiere was in Paris on the night of May 24, 2016.
As of late June 2016, the movie had made over $400 million worldwide. China led all markets by a large margin by bringing in over $200 million by themselves. The US was second at $44 million. Russia, Germany, and France followed with $21.6 million, $13.8 million, and $10.9 million respectively. South Korea led all other Asian countries at $8.4 million. Brazil led all South American countries at $5.6 million. Africa did not do that much, but in the Middle East, UAE registered around $2.3 million.
The Blu-ray and DVD editions were not given a release date by June 2016, but it has been widely reported that the movie will be one of the first 4K blu-ray releases from Universal Pictures. Pr-orders for blu-ray and DVD started on June 24, 2016.
The movie had largely run its course as of mid-July 2016 with the last major country release in Japan on July 1, 2016, but had made over $430 million worldwide. China did most of the heavy lifting with $220 million.
The official Warcraft Movie Weibo account (Chinese version of Twitter) strongly hinted that a sequel was likely to be made.
Initial DVD and blu-ray sales were promising with Warcraft leading the pack in the first week after release.
Release dates Edit
Blu-ray and more Edit
Warcraft: The Beginning became available as DVD on September 27, 2016. It was supposed to be available as Blu-Ray, 3D, and 4K Ultra on October 10, 2016, but it was moved up to match the apparently.
Bonuses often missing Edit
For those who purchase the movie on DVD or Blu-ray, some will receive the Medivh hero for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the Gul'dan hero for Heroes of the Storm, and a free digital copy of World of Warcraft for a limited time, apparently. There is a serious problem where many physical copies have a sticker promising bonus items, but no codes or inserts are in the product when opened. The whole process seems to be handled badly with Blizzard claiming it's the manufacturers responsibility and many retail stores being clueless or unhelpful.
Digital download Edit
Warcraft: The Beginning was available for digital download on September 26, 2016. Possibly, iTunes may get it on September 13, 2016. Digital release is available on Amazon as of September 13, 2016.
In theaters Edit
- USA: June 10
- China: June 8
- UK: May 30
- Egypt: May 27
- France: May 25
- World Premiere
- Germany: May 26
- Italy: June 1
- Philippines: May 25
- Portugal: June 9
- Russia: May 26
- South Africa: June 17
- Spain: June 3
- Turkey: June 3
- Australia: Jun 16
- New Zealand: Jun 16
- Japan: July 1
- Austria: May 27
- Belgium: June 1
- Czech Republic: June 9
- Denmark: May 26
- Finland: June 10
- Greece: June 9
- Hungary: May 26
- Iceland: May 27
- Israel: June 9
- Netherlands: June 2
- (was June 9?)
- Norway: May 27
- Romania: June 10
- Sweden: May 27
- Switzerland: May 25
- Bosnia & Herzegovina: June 02
Official synopsis Edit
- THE PEACEFUL REALM OF AZEROTH STANDS ON THE BRINK OF WAR AS ITS CIVILIZATION FACES A FEARSOME RACE OF INVADERS: ORC WARRIORS FLEEING THEIR DYING HOME TO COLONIZE ANOTHER. AS A PORTAL OPENS TO CONNECT THE TWO WORLDS, ONE ARMY FACES DESTRUCTION AND THE OTHER FACES EXTINCTION. FROM OPPOSING SIDES, TWO HEROES ARE SET ON A COLLISION COURSE THAT WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF THEIR FAMILY, THEIR PEOPLE AND THEIR HOME.
- SO BEGINS A SPECTACULAR SAGA OF POWER AND SACRIFICE IN WHICH WAR HAS MANY FACES, AND EVERYONE FIGHTS FOR SOMETHING.
Cast and crew Edit
- Director - Duncan Jones
- Executive Producer - Stuart Fenegan
- Executive Producer - Jillian Share
- Executive Producer - Brent O'Connor
- Executive Producer - Mike Morhaime (Blizzard)
- Executive Producer - Paul W. Sams (Blizzard)
- Co-Producer - Rob Pardo (Blizzard)
- Co-Producer - Chris Metzen (Blizzard)
- Co-Producer - Nicholas S. Carpenter (Blizzard)
- Co-Producer - Rebecca Steel Roven
- Producer - Charles Roven
- Producer - Alex Gartner (Atlas Entertainment)
- Producer - Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures)
- Producer - Jon Jashni (Legendary Pictures)
- Writer - Duncan Jones
- Writer - Charles Leavitt
- Visual Effects Director - Bill Westenhofer
- Visual Effects Supervisor (ILM) - Jeff White
- Animation Supervisor - Hal Hickel
- VFX Supervisor - Jason Smith
- Visual Effects Art Director - Christian Alzmann
- Music Composer - Ramin Djawadi
- Cinematography - Simon Duggan
- Production Designer - Gavin Bocquet
- Costume Designer - Mayes Rubeo
- Set Decorator - Elizabeth Wilcox
- Movement Coach - Terry Notary
- Stunts and Orc Mo-cap assist - Daniel Cudmore
- Blizzard Concept Artist - Wei Wang
- Clancy Brown — Blackhand
- Travis Fimmel — Anduin Lothar
- Ben Foster — Medivh
- Rob Kazinsky — Orgrim Doomhammer
- Toby Kebbell — Durotan
- Paula Patton — Garona
- Daniel Wu — Gul'dan
- Dominic Cooper — King Llane
- Ben Schnetzer — Khadgar
- Ruth Negga  — Lady Taria
- Anna Galvin — Draka
- Terry Notary - Grommash Hellscream
- Michael Adamthwaite — King Magni Bronzebeard
- Glenn Close — Alodi (uncredited)
- Daniel Cudmore — Various orcs
- Ryan Robbins — Karos (Stormwind knight)
- Burkely Duffield — Callan
- Callum Keith Rennie — Moroes
- Dean Redman — Varis (Stormwind knight) & Caged Frostwolf orc
- Dylan Schombing — Young Varian Wrynn
- Elena Wurlitzer — Draenei mother
- Anna Van Hooft — Aloman (Stormwind knight)
Development history Edit
2006 - 2008 Edit
In a May 9, 2006 press release, Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures (makers of Batman Begins and 300) announced that they will develop a live-action film set in the Warcraft universe. Legendary Pictures has acquired the movie rights for the game universe, and both companies are now focused on translating the Warcraft experience to the big screen. Uwe Boll attempted to apply for the job of director, from which Blizzard CEO Paul Sams replied "We will not sell the movie rights, not to you…especially not to you." At BlizzCon 2008, according to Mike Morhaime, a script was being written. Chris Metzen mentioned that the film will be action-packed and violent, stating "We're definitely not going to make a G or a PG version of this. It's not PillowfightCraft."
2009 - 2011 Edit
The live-action film was set for release in 2009, but was later rescheduled to 2011. On July 22, 2009, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Sam Raimi would become the Warcraft movie director, but in July 2012 he told Crave Online that he would not direct due to committing to the movie Oz: The Great and Powerful.
As of early 2012, the movie has still not been announced to be in production, so the chances of it being made are getting lower by the year. At Comic Con 2011, Chris Metzen said the movie was not dead, but gave few useful details saying it was still in the "treatment stage". In mid-March 2012, Nethaera said the movie is "still on the radar" with no other update.
According to IMDB, the manuscript writer will be Chris Metzen. (Jesse Wigutow was mentioned, but has been removed). IMDB information on pre-release movies should be taken as suspect, though. IMDB generally only removes false information if someone reports it.
Not much happened through late 2012, but in late January 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that director Duncan Jones had been attached to the production, sparking some hope the filming might start. No specific development news has come out so far in Spring 2013, but lots of indirect evidence of film production has cropped up. However, previous Director, Sam Raimi, did explain why he left the project in 2013. He revealed that a lot of pre-production work was done by him and Robert Rodat (script writer), but Blizzard effectively vetoed their work and he largely blamed it on their mismanagement.
A very short visual teaser for the film was introduced by current director, Duncan Jones, at San Diego Comic-Con. Here is a brief description of the teaser which was not released to the public:
- A view of a desolate, dry landscape full of rocky outcroppings that pans to a scruffy, armored human soldier drinking water from a leather skin. A cage with rocks in it is shown followed by a squeaking noise as a green tinged sky is shown with dark clouds and green lightning. The waterskin is tossed to the ground and the soldier draws his sword with a sound of metal ringing off metal. The human walks over to the skeleton a fallen soldier and picks up the soldier's shield. He smashes his sword on the shield, apparently testing it. Cut to the muscled green arm (likely of an orc) of a creature heading toward the soldier. They circle each other with flashes of green skin and some armor as they charge each other. An extreme closeup of the orc as it raises its hammer and brings it down as the human raises his shield. Cut to black. A Warcraft logo. And then the Blizzard Entertainment logo.
Officially announced to release in late 2015 Edit
It has been announced to be released on December 18, 2015.
Official release pushed to spring 2016 Edit
Apparently the next installment of the Star Wars franchise was scheduled for late 2015, so it apparently prompted the studio to move the Warcraft film release to March 16, 2016.
Official release delayed now to summer 2016 Edit
Significant casting lined up Edit
By early December 2013, several cast members have been confirmed or mostly confirmed. Among them: Travis Fimmel ('Vikings'), Paula Patton ('Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'), Ben Foster ('3:10 to Yuma'), Toby Kebbell ('The Counselor'), and Rob Kazinsky ('Pacific Rim'). Negotiations with Dominic Cooper ('Captain America: The Winter Soldier') are also being finalized.
Financing and distribution Edit
According to the LA Times: "...Universal, a unit of NBCUniversal, will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014..."
On April 23, 2015 Legendary Pictures announced release date changes for Warcraft to move from March 11th, 2016 to June 10th, 2016. Although not officially announced by the studio, the changes were most likely made to avoid the March 25, 2016 release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
There was no general movie panel, but WoWWiki got to cover the press-only movie panel that began with a re-screening of the trailer for press only.
In early February 2016, Universal UK, the UK distributor, announced the UK release date for the movie would move up to May 30th, 2016. No reasons were given, but some have speculated it is to coincide with the Spring Bank holiday which falls on May 30th.
In an interview with Australia's FilmInk, Duncan Jones hinted that he was trying to get a cameo done with Chris Metzen.
In May 2016, Universal announced that it would not restrict which theaters Warcraft could play in across the U.S., basically ending a practice called "distributor clearance" which was more like exclusivity agreements with certain theater chains in certain regions.
Warcraft movie promotion Edit
- Main article: Warcraft movie promotion
Previously called "World of Warcraft: Ultimate Movie Edition", the promotion became official on May 17. 2016. The only US theater chains participating are from the Regal Entertainment Group: Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theaters, and Edwards Theaters. Unfortunately, some of the larger theater chains (AMC, Cinemark, and Cineplex) in the US and Canada don't appear to be participating. Also, it appeared that only Brazil was including 30 days of free game time, but Blizzard sources supposedly said it will be for all recipients. Promotional period varies by country and theater chain.
- Alliance and Horde transmog items for players who log in from May 25 and August 1.
- A server side update will theoretically allow these items to be mailed to characters of the opposite faction and convert on arrival to the appropriate faction type.
- Digital copy of World of Warcraft (presumably includes up through ).
- 30 days of free game time.
- Regal Crown Club-only: The opportunity to enter to win two tickets to BlizzCon 2016.
World of Warcraft: Ultimate Movie Edition Edit
In early February 2016, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of a survey appearing to be from Blizzard asking about interest in a World of Warcraft "Ultimate Movie Edition" promotion, that was later verified as legitimate by a blue post. It's not clear how much work has progressed on this promotion or whether it will appear at all.
Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Edit
Movie bonuses mostly confirmed Edit
A Belgian/French movie theater chain, Kinepolis, apparently informed the Warcraft fan site, Mamytwink.com, that movie tickets from them will include a code to unlock transmogs, access to digital download of World of Warcraft through the Warlords of Draenor expansion, and 1 month free game time. The code should be emailed in mid to late May 2016. Until details come from other sources, including a US source, this info may not apply globally.
Pre-release in US at AMC/IMAX 3D theaters Edit
Reception of the film by professional critics has been largely negative with most reviews being below average. As of the worldwide premiere on May 25, 2016, Metacritic gave the movie 32/100 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 38%, but with less than 10 reviews counted at that point. After the US premiere, Metacritic had declined slightly to 31/100 and Rotten Tomatoes had declined dramatically to 18%. Despite being a critical failure (primarily in the US and UK), regular viewers have generally responded more positively in international markets by opening at number 1 for its opening weekend in 19 of 20 overseas markets. It also appears to be very popular in China by setting pre-sales records and setting the record for widest release ever of any movie, beating the previous champion, Furious 7.
It is important to note that while the movie's reception by critics has been abysmal in the United States, the user reviews after the first weekend (8.5+/10 on Metacritic and 80%+ on Rotten Tomatoes) have been generally good. As such the critics do not seem to be representing the users.
Another peculiar phenomenon is disparate reviews from some sites. Kotaku had an initial very negative review and then a day later posted a positive review. Another example is a generally positive review in Den of Geek after the worldwide debut in France in late May and then a much more negative review in early June a few days before the US premiere.
Warcraft movie tumblr
- From WarcraftMovie.tumblr.com.
- Some of these have been replaced with larger sources (Chinese versions, Blizzplanet, etc.).
- Some of these have been replaced with larger sources (Chinese versions, Blizzplanet, etc.).
June 8, 2016 Fan First Event, San Francisco
From Fandyllic of items from IMAX 3D Fan First Event at AMC Metreon, San Francisco.
May 2016 Worldwide Premiere, France
May 2016 Visits to ILM
Mostly from Collider.com and /FILM.
May 2016 Press Set Tour
Mostly from @ManMadeMoon.
On set photos
Mostly from @ManMadeMoon.
|@QuassRPG character promo JPGs|
|@QuassRPG meet the heroes GIFs|
|@QuassRPG zone promo GIFs|
|Still looking for GIFs for Redridge and Stormwind City.|
PAX East 2016
Legendary's Warcraft Experience in China
Joy City mall (Chengdu, China)
- Sample character descriptions?
Empire magazine, Dec 2015 - Apocalypse WoW
Circa BlizzCon 2014
- Props seen at BlizzCon 2014
Circa BlizzCon 2013
- Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- Universal Australia
- Universal UK
From Universal Pictures UK.
- Legendary Pictures
- Weta Workshop
From Weta Workshop.
- Wowhead exclusive
Provided exclusively to Wowhead.
- JoBlo Movie Trailers
- Flicks And The City Plus clips
- ScreenSlam interviews
- From IMAX.
- PAX East 2016
- Fan videos 2016