Blizzcon 2007 and Warcraft the Movie
Well finaly something solid about movie. On this years Blizzcon lots of juicy details came out in a conference talk between few main people in the project. First thing is that the movie is scheduled to go live during 2009. but because at this moment not cast or the director is chosen, i think late 2009. prolly 🙂
Second, the movie will be big, huge and even epic, budget is $100mil with a + prolly because Blizzard is known to do their projects perfect. The story will happen about a year before World of Warcraft story (game time ofc) and it will focused on what the whole Warcraft is all about – conflict between Orcs and Humans. There will be new hero introduced, a badass hero they said with a theme of conflict and culture. The movie will be more of War movie then a quest one from the Alliance perspective, so we can expect a badass battle too. We will see races and characters already known through the game story.
Here are few quotes from the talk:
“It’s actually not like the great adventure. It’s not so much a quest movie. It’s more of a war movie. Well, okay, it’s absolutely a war movie. Cultures grinding up to a horrible moment where it just all spills over and gets out of control. Less of an adventure party quest-type situation. More of an armies building to an inevitable conclusion type situation.”
“While my heart lies with the Horde and Thrall’s an interesting character, from a movie making standpoint, a blockbuster movie its a little rough to try and tell it from the perspective of this green looking dude.”
Still no cast and PG-13 content comments:
“We are starting those conversations. We’re going to be looking for someone of Zak Snyder (300) or Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight, Batman Beings) calibre”
“I can tell you that this is the one thing about running a studio and making these things that’s hard. You want to not compromise and have the right level of intensity. The story and the director’s vision is what’s ultimately going to dictate that. Personally one of my favorite movies of all time is Lord of the Rings, which has a PG-13 rating.”
Questions from audience and answers:
Classes will be in the movie, but can’t give details since still in scripting process, not exactly clear and we don’t know yet, but we want many familiar elements in the movie as possible
What races will be represented?
Not very easy to answer considering the timeline we’re talking about, so they are not sure about if the Forsaken have yet joined the Horde But not everyone can be in the spotlight in the first movie anyway
Warcraft has a lot of strong characters, would you consider going back to do another movie on Arthas?
I would consider that, sure, but we haven’t talked about what other films might deal with. We have to get the first movie right first before you deal with franchises.
This is based on two or three major moments in the games, so it isn’t radically apart from the continuity, so it really holds together. We want it to taste like the World of Warcraft world. but it’s also really fresh. I understand the fear that you don’t want us to screw up the story, but we will be respectful of the continuity but will hold up as a killer 2 hour movie. It is a little modified. There’s so much in this world to deal with, so you use that as a jumping off point to tell a kick ass story. They want the players to enjoy the movie experience, if they are too much a slave to the story that won’t be the case. They want to respect the world, but to translate it to the screeen and is great on film.
The full conference video on youtube – about 45mins long