Based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, the multiplayer role-playing game, Warcraft represents a chance to turn the tide for video game adaptations. A lot is riding on the film–this is far from a cheap video game movie–but will audiences unfamiliar with Blizzard’s property flock to director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) fantasy film? We’ll soon find out. So far, Warcraft isn’t faring well with critics, but it’s not without its supporters.
Below, check out the Warcraft early buzz.
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This summer Universal Pictures and Legendary are taking a pretty big gamble on the video game Warcraft by turning it into a feature film. While the massive, multiplayer online role-playing game is extremely popular, it also has a niche audience. That audience also happens to be very dedicated to the Warcraft mythology, and they might not like seeing how certain characters, settings and more are handles in the movie from director Duncan Jones.
In order to help with that, Universal paraded around star Rob Kazinsky, an avid player of the game himself, in a previous featurette to help lend some credibility to the production for gamers who may be skeptical. Now another featurette shows how the filmmakers are bringing the video game world to life with some of the largest motion-capture sets ever created for a movie. Plus, there’s some new footage from the film itself. Watch the Warcraft featurette after the jump. Read More »
It’s not often that I get invited down to Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, CA, but when the invite is thrown my way it’s usually to see something cool. Earlier this month I traveled up north to see how filmmaker Duncan Jones used ILM to create the orcs in his big screen adaptation Warcraft, based on the popular Blizzard video game series.
I’ll be completely honest with you: the marketing for this movie had done little to convince me that it was a film I wanted to see. I’m not a video gamer and have never played World of Warcraft, and to be completely honest, I’m not a big fantasy (orcs, wizards, dungeons and dragons) type of guy. But I’m a big fan of Duncan Jones and that alone had me continuously searching for reasons.
So I hopped on a plane and visited the visual effects house that George Lucas built, hoping I would be wowed. The filmmakers behind the movie pulled the curtain back to show us how the magic was created, and that in itself was not only very interesting but very impressive. So hit the jump and learn why ILM considers the Warcraft facial capture advancements to be groundbreaking.
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The jury is still out as to whether or not Moon director Duncan Jones will deliver a worthy adaptation of the popular video game Warcraft. While the visual effects look stunning, the movie looks like it could be a little too deep of a fantasy for the niche video game audience familiar with the title. But then again, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, so maybe people are ready for this.
For any of you video game fans who aren’t convinced to see the movie, maybe you’d rather see the Warcraft trailer recreated in the familiar video game world you love. One fan has created an extremely impressive shot-for-shot remake of the full Warcraft movie trailer by using the World of Warcraft video game. Read More »
Warcraft has already screened for select groups of critics (including a member of the /Film crew), but you haven’t heard anything because everyone is under a strict embargo. If you want to know more, feel free to pester the writer of your choice. They won’t be able to say anything, but who knows? Maybe you’ll annoy a detail or two out them.
In the meantime, the rest of us schmoes who haven’t seen the movie have to entertain ourselves with a new gallery of images showing off the film’s cast, which is roughly half live action actors and half motion capture orcs. Oh, and there’s Ben Foster looking pretty damn cool as a wizard, which is a sentence I never thought I’d ever write. It’s not Emily Blunt riding a polar bear, but it will do.
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We’re just over a month away from the theatrical bow of Warcraft and Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of the hugely popular video game series still looks like one of the summer’s biggest risks. Despite the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series, fantasy is generally a tough sell with audiences…and Warcraft looks like a dungeon master’s notebook brought to life and injected with as many bright colors as humanly possible. It looks goofy. Maybe in a good way. Maybe in a bad way. Who knows yet?
Risky or not, Universal and Legendary Pictures are finally starting to treat this film like a proper event. Although official screenings of the film are set to begin on the evening of Thursday, June 9, 2016, AMC and IMAX are teaming up to host early “Fan First Event” screenings on June 8. And naturally, attendance to one of these screenings comes with a few extra goodies and what-not. Meanwhile, Chinese Audiences will get to see the film earlier than anyone else.
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This week officially kicks off blockbuster summer with the release of Captain America: Civil War. And the Marvel Studios sequel is just one of a bunch of movies you should be excited to see this season. Later this week we’ll highlight a selection of movies that might be flying under your radar this summer, indie comedies and dramas that may not get the barrage of marketing that studios dish out this season. But this edition of the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview will focus on the studio and blockbuster releases you should be excited about. Read More »
Following a new trailer for the video game adaptation Warcraft last week, a new featurette from the film has surfaced online, and it offers a glimpse at a set that will be very familiar to those who have played the game. The Lion’s Pride Inn is in the town of Goldshire, located in Elwynn Forest, and it’s like a lot of taverns and bars we’ve seen in fantasy and western movies. There’s rough clientele, fights break out, and it’s a good place to get a drink. In the game, it’s where you gain classes and find quests.
Now The Lion’s Pride Inn has been built for the movie, and a new Warcraft featurette has actor Rob Kazinsky, who was an avid player of the game himself, talks about just how details the set is, including plenty of design elements and easter eggs lifted straight from the game. Check out the video touring the set after the jump. Read More »
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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