Duncan Jones said on his Twitter that shooting is half way done, so 45 day more. There was some media at the set also, just they have to keep quiet for the moment since it seems there is a NDA on every bit of information from the set. Kinda sucks, even though with other Blizzard properties it’s usually like that, except there was always some datamining so things got out ahead of time. It would be pretty hard to datamine a movie production….ahh well
Anyway, IGN had a chat with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull about their hot game movie rights, Warcraft and Mass Effect. Here is a part of the interview…
IGN: Given the expansive nature of World of Warcraft, what was the key for you guys in coming up with a story structure that worked as a film? I know a lot of people struggled with that for a long time.
Tull: Oh, yeah. That’s great. So here’s what that boils down to: At Legendary, if our logo’s on it, we want it to be great, not just an okay way to spend two hours. So with Warcraft, the reason it took so long to develop is because the world does not need another bad video game movie.
Tull: Frankly, our attitude from the beginning — we have an amazing relationship with the guys at Blizzard, and they care very much about their universe as storytellers — if it were just the game, we would not have known how to make Warcraft, which is a video game experience, into a movie. But, because they’ve done such an incredible job of building out the lore — they have something like a hundred books — there’s a real story and deep history behind the characters and races and everything. So that’s really what we mined and got into. Like, what are some of the main characters that make this such an interesting universe, and what are the stories that we want to tell? We were finally able to get a script and story that we felt was incredibly compelling, and that’s how we’re able to get a director like Duncan Jones.
While doing interview for Collider about his latest projects like Need for Speed, he was asked about his Warcraft role and was it the game or the director Duncan Jones that brought him to the Warcraft movie set?
Yeah, it was Duncan Jones. I knew very little of the game, so the storyline within the script was just completely crazy, but exciting. Coincidentally, it was another big idea of a game, but I knew very little of the game.
Then he was asked how would he describe the world of Azeroth?
Unfortunately the thing I hope won’t happened is pretty much happening and that is lack of any information, pictures from movie set or interviews from crew on what’s going on. It’s been weeks since the shooting started and Duncan Jones on his twitter sometimes drop a line about how sets are awesome, but that’s about it. Not really a great way to slowly raise the hype for the movie we have been waiting for so long. Only thing so far that was shown also came from Duncan on his twitter and that is this picture…
You can see a brainstorming VFX crew with Bill Westenhoffer & Duncan Jones….and a good looking sandwich on the table
I don’t know, maybe it’s still too early for showing us some set pictures, but I hope they will not leave us in dark during the whole filming…that would be simply rude from Legendary and Blizzard.
And so it begins…
Two days ago Duncan Jones posted on his Twitter this
Now, he didn’t mentioned anywhere it’s Warcraft movie, but since they announced previous that filming will start late January 2014 and the fact Duncan Jones is not directing three movies in the same time we can be 100% sure he meant Warcraft movie starts shooting…..at least I hope so
You can check his Tweet here
This weekend BBC America made a panel for their miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond and guys from Craveonline caught Dominic Cooper who plays Fleming and asked him some questions about Warcraft movie story. Cooper didn’t share any spoilers and story details but gave a comparison with the world we live in today.
“There’s a very human story at the heart of it because there’s a few of us that are humans in it that are up against tribes and problematic issues that exist in the world that we exist in,” Cooper said. “It’s happening all over the world at the moment and you see it happening all over. People have savaged their own lands and their own environment and they’re having to find a new environment in which to move into through the hostility of others. If there’s something as poignant as that that we can relate to and that we see unfolding in everyday life, then it will make it a worthwhile story.”
Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown on first look seem like another pair of not well known actors joining Warcraft movie cast list, but both of them have been in the business for a long time. Daniel Wu, US born and educated is a well known actor with a Hong Kong work address and about 40 movies under his belt. His recent english language production are Europa Report and The Man with the Iron Fists.
Clancy Brown is more known face and name. He has been in many TV Shows and on occasion in some movies like The Shawshank Redemption, The Hurricane and Cowboys & Aliens, but prolly best known is his voice since he can be heard in many project from video games, animated series and all kinds of narrations. At the moment he is playing in TV show Sleepy Hollow.
So far like the other names, there is no indication of what characters they will play in Warcraft movie. Production starts in about a month in Vancouver.
Few hours ago Legendary Pictures posted an official press release with a details about lead cast of the Warcraft movie. I was little surprised since some of the names that has been word about suddenly vanished and some that had been no words at all signed the deal. Well, I guess thats how Hollywood business works – some get skrewed some sign deals.
Anyway, the names on the list are Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky and Ben Foster with Dominic Cooper in negotiations. First two names were known from previous negotiation rumors, but others are pretty new. I’ll be honest, I am little dissapointed about this cast, especially since it’s a lead cast. Except Dominic Cooper all other actors are kind of meh for my pick.
As expected, Universal & Legendary pushed the release date of the Warcraft movie after new Star Wars decided to share the previous release date of December 18, 2015. You can’t compete with Star Wars and it was already late in the year date so the best way is to move it forward few months and that is exactly what happened.
New release date is March 11, 2016.
Haters will probably say that movie is now doomed since no good movies come in pre blockbuster season, but lets look at the positive aspects of the March release date. Since they are planning to make a franchise out of Warcraft, the first movie simple can’t flop on the box office. First 3 months of the year are usually for “not high hopes” movies and indie stuff so competition will for sure be much easier then if they went during the summer or against Star Wars or similar well established franchises. They are not really aiming for Oscars to go with late year release date as a must, so moving forward is best decision they could make.