Possible Details on Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT; Based More on Early Games than WORLD OF WARCRAFT

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A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros. released a brief but exciting “tone” trailer at Comic-Con for Duncan JonesWarcraft.  There were no story details whatsoever, but it gave the audience a sense of what Jones was going to do with the beloved video game franchise, and the crowd was enthused at his take.  Filming is set to begin early next year, and now some more details may have emerged about what Jones has in store.  According to Bleeding Cool, Jones’ movie is unapologetically a “full-blooded fantasy” movie in the vein of John MiliusConan the Barbarian and The Lord of the Rings.  Far more surprising is that even though Warcraft became an international phenomenon when it transformed into the MMORPG World of Warcraft, the upcoming adaptation will focus on the events from the real time strategy iterations from the mid-90s in order to leave room for future installments to go to the stories presented in later games.

Hit the jump for more including a breakdown of the main characters.

warcraft-orcs-humans-original-box-coverSources tell Bleeding Cool that the main character is “Khadgar, a young consul to the Kirin Tor senate, rulers of the city of Dalaran.”  So straight off the bat: consuls, rulers, and unpronounceable names—Yep, that’s fantasy.  Khadgar is tasked with investigating a series of crimes, but his journey will take him beyond the city.

One of the juicy roles could be Khadgar’s mentor, Medivh.  Bleeding Cool describes the character as “Not quite Gandalf meets Captain Jack Sparrow, he’s actually a more morally complex character than will be at first revealed. Expect him to be a scene stealer, too.”  Medivh’s enemy is Lothar, “The Lion of Azeroth, leader of the King’s Army.”  BC says that they could see Dwayne Johnson in the role, but that a less burly actor like Mark Strong could still “carry just the right amount of pride and gravity.”  As for the other major human roles, there’s the King and his Lady in supporting parts.

Of course, no one is going to see a Warcraft movie just for the humans.  They want the orcs and other fantasy races.  BC reports that there are plenty of orcs, and “their story will be intimately entwined with that of Medivh.”  Fans can also expect to see dwarves, trolls, elves, revenants, and wraiths.

Again, this is going to be on the die-hard fantasy side with mentions of magic, prophecies, and ancient artifacts.  The question is: are audiences going to want this kind of movie?  It’s the Warcraft name that sells it beyond Duncan Jones fans such as myself.  To just say, “It’s a fantasy movie!” isn’t good enough.  People can go see that in January with Seventh Son, and there’s not a lot of buzz around that picture.  I like that Warcraft has no qualms about its identity, but I wonder if it’s an identity that will appeal to those who wouldn’t normally go out for a fantasy picture.




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  • Jim

    This all equals YES!

  • Kneel

    Best move ever. Besides, if it were set during WoW there’d be far too much exposition needed. Setting it during the time of Medivh, Lothar, Blackhand and such means they can focus on the first war.

    • DRT

      I wonder who they would get to play Barrens Chat.

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  • Doot

    This just makes so much more sense than a WoW flick, and suddenly this joke becomes a valid project.

  • Doot

    This just makes so much more sense than a WoW flick, and suddenly this joke becomes a valid project.

  • Grayden

    what made LotR work was the adult nature if the story. it was dark, complex and emotional. Warcraft will have the unenviable task of trying to take itself seriously. Otherwise it will fall into a big screen cartoon-y replication of it’s gaming forebearers.

  • Grayden

    what made LotR work was the adult nature if the story. it was dark, complex and emotional. Warcraft will have the unenviable task of trying to take itself seriously. Otherwise it will fall into a big screen cartoon-y replication of it’s gaming forebearers.

    • DRT

      I really hope it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s source material, while not completely juvenile, is definitley not the same stuff as LotR. It needs to have fun with itself.

  • Ashtalon

    I have no actual experience with the Warcraft game. For me, fantasy films in general pique my interest. Add in Duncan Jones, and you have my attention. Seventh Son doesn’t look appealing, because it looks so generic not because of lack of name recognition. However, Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer movies would spark extra interest from me.

  • Brenno

    After 2 decades of world-building, Warcraft has so much lore and backstory to draw on. If they can flesh out the events already set out for them with a decent script and quality filmakers/actors they will have a franchise on a scale that could rival LOTR, Harry Potter and marvel….
    much like those 3 franchises, there is an existing core fan group that stretches across decades that will spread word and generate hype in the general public. I myself was too old when WoW came out, but i remember the first 3… warcraft 1 was revolutionary!

  • imaginaryGHOST

    That’s good news. I was hoping they’d tell the RTS stories first.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    meh

  • vic mackey

    ok, no orcs but I think GoT has pretty much answered the question about if people will queue up for Fantasy. If it’s any good they will!

  • sevenzarkseven

    I loved the original Warcraft games. Spent many a lunch hour and beyond playing that at work with everyone in my department.

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