I’ve been a massive Warcraft fan for years – having played the original strategy game even when it was first released and have loved the series ever since. And while the gameplay in theses games has always been fantastic, I also loved the story and the deep lore that they provided. So, I am really excited to see what Blizzard Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and Legendary Pictures (with distribution by Universal Pictures) can cook up for the movie adaptation of Warcraft. Can they create a story that plays out as well without user interaction and can they recreate the characters and world that we have gotten to love so much over the past 23 years (yes, it’s been that long) in a way that will satisfy both newcomers and fans alike?
It’s not going to be an easy challenge and not a job I envy, but Blizzard tend to have hit the mark pretty much on everything they’ve done over the years, so I’m hoping they pull this off. After all, most video game to movie adaptations have been awful and this time, they are dealing with one of the biggest franchises of all time and it’s not something to take lightly.
A new TV spot was released for the movie, which arrives in theatres on June 10, 2016 and while it is obviously really short, still gets me super excited for the movie. The TV spot doesn’t really add anything new and it is based on a lot of the footage they have already released in the longer cinematic trailers, but I think does a good job of building excitement over its short 30 second running time.
The film is being directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) who’s first two movies I’ve loved and really built up tension well. How he handles something of this scale and magnitude remains to be seen, but I’m really optimistic about it. The script has been rewritten by Jones himself, off an original script by Charles Leavitt and has a host of produces from all the studios involved creating a collaborative effort, but important, includes a lot of Warcraft creators in Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Paul Sams and Blizzard president himself Michael Morhaime, so there is a lot of creative passion behind this move to ensure the movie studios do a good job with it.
The film will star Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar, Ben Foster as Medivh, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, and Ruth Negga as Lady Taria, all members of the Alliance. On the side of The Horde is Clancy Brown as Blackhand, Toby Kebbel as Durotan, Robert Kazinsky as Ogrim, and Daniel Wu as Gul’Dan, with Paula Patton’s Garona caught in the middle. Its a diverse cast, but you probably won’t recognize many of them behind all those prosthetic, make-up and CGI.
Are you excited to see the world of Azeroth recreated on the big screen or is this something you think will simply just not be able to live up to expectations?
Last Updated: January 25, 2016