When I say that Warcraft looks like the John Carter or Jupiter Ascending of 2016, I say that as someone who unabashedly adores both of those films and finds their singular, off-kilter, and frequently oddball worlds fascinating, charming, and drunk on imagination. However, both of those films were too weird to attract mainstream audiences and died painful, ugly, public deaths at the box office. When I watch the new Warcraft trailer, I see so much that I like…and I can’t help but wonder if anyone other than me is fully prepared to give this wacky-looking movie a big ‘ol bear hug.
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The more we see from Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft, the more compelling it looks. While fans of the video game were divided over the first trailer, which featured unfinished VFX, the last extended TV spot presented a more tactile glimpse at the world Jones and all involved have crafted. The orc, in that TV spot, was completely convincing, and so was the environment it was fighting in.
To get another close-up look at the film, check out the new Warcraft character posters below.
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This summer, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are taking a big risk by bringing the video game Warcraft to the big screen. While the property on which the film is based is one of the most popular video games ever, the trailer has already shown that this is some deep fantasy material, complete with different races of orcs, some powerful wizard magic, and much more.
Now a new Warcraft trailer has arrived from the international side of the film’s marketing where the title of the movie is Warcraft: The Beginning. The visual effects seem to be a little more polished for anyone who was concerned that the movie would look more like a video game cinematic. See for yourself after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
As we inch toward summer blockbuster season, one of the biggest question marks on the calendar is the video game adaptation Warcraft. The source material is one millions of fans around the globe are deeply familiar with, but how will it play as a movie? Will Warcraft be the one to break the so-called “video game curse”? Can it draw in the non-gamer audience? And what about that director, Duncan Jones? There’s no doubt he’s a talented and creative director — just check out his earlier films, Moon and Source Code — but Warcraft is a far bigger, more fantastical movie than anything we’ve seen from him before. Can he still deliver the goods on such a gigantic scale?
We’ve got our fingers crossed for the best, and the earlier trailer and TV spot have suggested that this movie won’t lack in scope or painstaking detail. Now a new Warcraft TV spot has arrived with still more footage for you to ooh and ahh over and eagerly (or perhaps anxiously) pick apart. Read More »
I believe in Warcraft. And I believe in Warcraft because I believe in Duncan Jones, a filmmaker who has demonstrated strong instincts in his previous two films. So while the masses were baffled by early footage at Comic-Con last year and the first trailer was marred by obviously unfinished CGI, I remain hopeful. Jones is too smart and crafty to deliver something forgettable – Warcraft may be great or it may be a disaster, but it almost certainly won’t be run-of-the-mill.
But I digress. The real reason we’re gathered here today is because Jones released a bunch of behind-the-scenes images on Twitter and they’re very cool, focusing on the detailed and enormous practical sets that were constructed for his fantasy epic.
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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re a spoiled bunch, aren’t we?
Allow me to put on my Old Man Hat for a second. Once upon a time, the mere presence of a big budget movie as strange as Warcraft would have been exciting. Before the Lord of the Rings trilogy came along and made high fantasy palatable to the masses, this kind of movie simply wasn’t a thing. Fantasy films of this scope were relics of a brief period in the ’80s. The nerds of the early ’00s were still nursing burns from Dragonheart and that Dungeons & Dragons movie.
So when I watch the new Warcraft TV spot that has just arrived, I try to summon the me of 15 years ago, the me who would have watched footage of orcs battling humans while gryphons soared in the skies overhead with stars in his eyes. Even if the footage doesn’t do it for you, it’s amazing that this film exists in the first place.
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Not too long ago, the first trailer for the fantasy video game adaptation Warcraft debuted, and while there’s some stunning visual effects and imagery on display, it looks like it might be a hard sell to general audiences who aren’t fans of the game. But considering how hard it is to please video game fans when a film adaptation of their favorite game comes together, they mostly seem to be pleased with how the movies seems to have turned out. You’ll understand why when you see some shots from the trailer compared to the World of Warcraft video game.
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Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Back in the day, I knew a handful of people who failed a college class or lost a job because they were too busy playing World of Warcraft. In a weird, dark way, that’s the biggest compliment you can give Blizzard’s long running video game franchise – the world of Azeroth was so compelling and addictive that people damaged their lives to inhabit it.
So the upcoming Warcraft movie has to appease an army of the faithful, the fans who commanded the Orc and human legions in the classic real-time strategy games and quested as individual heroes in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. More importantly, it also has to convince regular audiences to take a chance on a complex high fantasy world full of its own unique rules. It worked out well for The Lord of the Rings, but the more colorful, sillier world of Warcraft may be a tougher sell.
The first Warcraft trailer is here. Sharpen your opinions and get ready for war.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Director Duncan Jones has been talking about this science fiction film noir dream project Mute for years. Like so many passion projects, it always seemed to be just out of reach for the Moon and Source Code filmmaker, who has spent the past few years bringing Warcraft to life. With his big-budget fantasy epic nearing the homestretch, Jones can actually make Mute happen instead of just wistfully talking about it to anyone who will listen. After all, we’ve been using the same piece of concept art for every story about this movie for over five years. We need something new!
And now, we’re getting something new. Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd have joined the cast, which is the first proper, actual evidence we’ve had in years that this movie could become a reality. More importantly, Jones has all but confirmed what he’s long teased: Mute will take place in the same universe as Moon.
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