WARCRAFT Concept Art and Plot Info Emerges at BlizzCon 2013

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Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation is set to begin filming in Vancouver early next year, so we should be getting casting confirmations and an official synopsis in the next few months.  In order to tease out some information, Blizzard Entertainment released some concept art images and non-specific plot info during their BlizzCon 2013 convention.  Along with Jones, Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life of Pi, The Golden Compass) was on hand to talk about the film.  Hit the jump to take a look at the concept images and to find out a bit more about the videogame adaptation.  Warcraft is scheduled for a December 18, 2015 release date.

warcraft-orcs-humans-original-box-coverNews out of BlizzCon 2013 comes courtesy of Kotaku.  First up, let’s take a look at what Jones and Westenhofer had to say about Warcraft.  The director commented on his reaction to reading the script for the first time, saying it wouldn’t work because it focused too heavily on the human Alliance.  Now, however, “It’s about both sides. It’s going to be red and blue.”

Although Jones was mum on just how they’ve decided on for casting, we do know that Warcraft will tell “the story of Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games.”

“It’s been hard to find an actor who looks like Durotan,” said Jones. “Every time I meet an actor I just try to squish his face.”

Westenhofer, who admitted to being a player as far back as the alpha-testing days in 2004 and owning a level 90 Mage, spoke about the Orcs as human actors in make-up, not CGI.  After comparing the film’s tone to that of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, he commented on the props, saying, “The swords that are being built are the biggest swords a human being can wield.”

Sounds good so far!  Head over to Kotaku for more from the convention, or go to BlizzCon’s site to check out their livestream.  Below, you’ll find the concept art from the film that was presented at the convention:

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  • NICK НΛRT

    that art is pretty badass. high hopes for this one

    • Guest

      Looks like Dalaran, and possibly Durotar, or Barrens, or Thousand Needles.

  • Doug_101

    Something tells me, not sure what it could be, but I feel like something is going to force them off that release date.

    • Maurer3D

      Yeah considering Star Wars Ep. 7 is scheduled for that same day.

      • Scullibundo

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  • Erik

    I bet they will change the release date to Summer of 2016.

  • The Flobbit

    Not a gamer, have no idea what WoW is about….

    Still look forward to this movie.

  • Ryan

    Duncan Jones is directing, that is all I need to know. As long as they don’t get a crappy cast I am down with this. It should be good to us non-gamers I think. Can’t say for anyone else.

  • Stuntman Mike

    I’m a firm believer in Jones as director… but, I’m not a gamer myself, and to people like me they’re going to have to sell this better than they are up to now. But they have a while to do that. We’ll see.

    • Melwing

      It has barely been announced, so I wouldn’t worry on them ‘selling it better’ quite yet :)

  • Varun Hk

    Duncan Jones is one the most genius directors to have shown his face in the last few years. Moon was epic, Source code was not anything less. I have really high hopes for this one.

  • Varun Hk

    Duncan Jones is one the most genius directors to have shown his face in the last few years. Moon was epic, Source code was not anything less. I have really high hopes for this one.

  • Alex

    Ron Perlman must have a part in this movie… There isn’t an actor alive that would better fit as an orc than him…

    • Grayden

      Slap a little make up on him and give him some custom teeth and he’d be set.

      They really should look at Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista, or comparable sized individuals for roles. Even if they aren’t Oscar-caliber roles, having large, hulking guys in full orc make-up with huge weapons, will go miles in selling this film to gamers, and non-gamers, alike. Putting large Maori guys in orc suits worked well for LotR. Duncan could be no worse off for looking in that direction, at the very least.

    • Grayden

      Slap a little make up on him and give him some custom teeth and he’d be set.

      They really should look at Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista, or comparable sized individuals for roles. Even if they aren’t Oscar-caliber roles, having large, hulking guys in full orc make-up with huge weapons, will go miles in selling this film to gamers, and non-gamers, alike. Putting large Maori guys in orc suits worked well for LotR. Duncan could be no worse off for looking in that direction, at the very least.

  • Alex

    Ron Perlman must have a part in this movie… There isn’t an actor alive that would better fit as an orc than him…

  • Cog

    WOW at one time was fun…

  • Cog

    WOW at one time was fun…

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  • kins

    would be nce if the movie be around Arthas’ journey, Courageous and Warrior prince turned evil, Rise to Lich King and fall.

    The thing is that WOW is such a HUUUUUGE world, and so many stories can be told, and this can be some epic saga

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  • Sonmi

    Dalaran – Draenor – Stormwing

  • Sonmi

    Dalaran – Draenor – Stormwing

  • meh

    ‘concept art’ watermark stamped across obvious concept art. bad move blizz.

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