We were hoping to get more details on the upcoming Warcraft movie, and although we didn’t get to see the now mythical footage that was shown at this years Comic Con, we did get a lot of info from Blizzard’s Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen and Nick Carpenter along with director Duncan Jones and visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer.
We already know that shooting will start in January 2014 and that the movie already has a couple of big names attached to the big screen adaptation. We also have a release date set for December 18 2015.
Today Duncan Jones revealed the story, which will be an origin story about the “first contact” between Orcs and humans, and will include characters Lothar and Durotan from Warcraft 2. According to Jones, the story of the film was originally focused on humans and the Alliance side, but soon became about “being a hero no matter what side you’re on.” Metzen explained that a huge priority was making sure that every player got to see their experience in the film, which meant representing the same balance maintained in the game.
“You have to be as empathetic for Orc heroes and their situation and why they’re doing what they’re doing as you are about anyone,” Jones said, with Pardo adding that “the red side is characters too.”
Metzen related the film to Marvel’s Ultimate universe, explaining how comics have an opportunity to retell stories while keeping the same characters and “vibe,” and the film will give the team at Blizzard an opportunity to re-tell a famous story but “tighten” some of the holes. He added that Durotan will represent the nobility of Orcs who are not corrupt. Westenhofer explained that the film will be a hybrid of live-action and CGI, calling it an “extremely complex endeavor for visual effects” that he relates to “Avatar meets Game of Thrones in terms of complexity.” Real actors will be used for Orcs, and the team is working with Industrial Light & Magic to make them “as emotive as any human character” and is focusing on details.
The film will attempt to walk the line of staying true to the style of the game while also being realistic.
“The swords are the biggest swords humans could possibly hold,” the team said.
Jones couldn’t say much about the cast, but when asked if he has actors chosen, he simply said, “Yup. Sure do.” He added that, “any of you who know your lore will see that there are definitely opportunities for some very strong female, lead roles. He also hinted that the film will likely be PG-13, pointing to Batman as an example of a film that was still able to push boundaries without an R rating.
It all sounds pretty awesome! Next up we would love to see some casting confirmations! We already know that Viking star Travis Fimmel is on-board:
[Warcraft Movie Details Revealed at BlizzCon 2013: Source]