Warcraft is an upcoming fantasy epic based on the Warcraft series and set on the world of Azeroth. It was first announced in 2006 as a project partnership with Legendary Pictures, but since more than 6 years have past since the announcement and the film is still not in shooting, signs the movie would ever get made were slim until early 2013. Starting in February 2013, there has been a relative flurry of small news bits from recently named Director, Duncan Jones. In April 2013, Legendary Pictures producer, Thomas Tull, was reported to have said production status, script, and release date announcements were coming "soon", but this may be like Blizzard's "Soon™". Development does appear to be proceeding, though, as a Blizzard executive, Nick Carpenter, recently confirmed Bill Westenhofer as the Visual Effects director for the film.
Despite Blizzard's extremely poor PR support for a Warcraft movie, Legendary Entertainment continues to include mentions of their involvement with the Warcraft franchise in the standard boilerplate description of their company into mid 2012. In late January 2013, some hope was renewed when Moon and Source Code director, Duncan Jones, was signed to direct the film. Supposedly Activision-Blizzard's CEO, Bobby Kotick, still supports the making of the film. However, a general statemtent by Kotick to the New York Times about making movies out of game franchises could indicate that no properties of the company will ever be made into movies as long as he heads the company.
The film was originally set in the era of Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. This was scrapped, however, as there were notions that it would be too similar to Lord of the Rings and that Warcraft had reached its current level of popularity through its MMORPG, rather than the previous RTS games.
As such, the movie is set one year before World of Warcraft and will primarily be told from the Alliance's point of view, though Metzen says his heart lies with the Horde. Characters such as Cairne Bloodhoof, Thrall, Sylvanas Windrunner, and Bolvar Fordragon are likely to make appearances. Arthas is unlikely to appear. At BlizzCon 2007, Chris Metzen said that the main character is set to be a new hero described as a "kick-ass Human" and an "Anti-Thrall". This new character in the movie is not same one as in the comic (now known to be Varian Wrynn).
Metzen also stated clearly that lore would be bent for the sake of the film, Varian Wrynn might have a twin.
Interestingly enough, the film is described as the "first film", raising obvious possibilities as to future installments.
Cast and crew
- Executive Producer - Stuart Fenegan
- Co-Producer - Chris Metzen (Blizzard)
- Producer - Charles Roven
- Producer - Alex Gartner
- Producer - Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures)
- Producer - Jon Jashni (Legendary Pictures)
- Writer - Charles Leavitt
- Visual Effects Director - Bill Westenhofer
2006 - 2008
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. Read more about it in the press release. 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
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 thru 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.
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About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), ...Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are the upcoming Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42; an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft;...
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- ^ AMY CHOZICK 2012-12-15. At Activision, a Hero and Villain, Zapped Into One. New York Times. “CALL OF DUTY may look like a movie, but Mr. Kotick has little interest in turning it into one — and has turned down several studios’ requests. He says movies based on video games rarely please devoted fans and could taint the brand.”
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- ^ Fred Topel 2012-07-13. Comic Con 2012 Exclusive: Sam Raimi Won't Direct the World of Warcraft Movie. Crave Online. “Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director,” Raimi said. “They had to start making it.”
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- ^ Nethaera 2012-03-15. #10 - World of Warcraft Movie. Official Movies, TV and Entertainment forum (US). It's still on the radar. We just don't have any current updates to provide.
- ^ IMDB information on pre-release movies should be taken as suspect, though. IMDB generally only removes false information if someone reports it. Warcraft (????). IMDB.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-11.
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