After a lengthy shooting schedule in Vancouver that started in January 2014, Duncan Jones recently began a countdown to the wrap on the big screen adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s incredibly successful MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) World of Warcraft currently titled WARCRAFT.
Duncan’s last update via Twitter on May 1st 2014 told us:
For those counting down with me, we're done shooting Warcraft in 3 weeks as of tomorrow! Holy shnikey…
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) May 1, 2014
Which gives us a wrap date of Friday 23rd May 2014, 123 days or 4 months and 3 days since filming began on January 20th 2014. Just a wee bit longer than previous shoots on MOON and Source Code which came in at around 30-35 days. With a release date of March 11th 2016, the gang have plenty of time to polish WARCRAFT in post production, around 21 months. Speaking to Fred Topel for Craveonline, Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull explained that time will be used for:
“Well, part of it is getting the date right. As you may have noticed, these next two years, there’s pretty big titles coming out. We wanted to make sure that we got that right, but there are some sequences and some things that Duncan Jones has done that are truly on the cutting edge. You want to have plenty of time to make sure that we dial those in. So by the time they get home and set up, it’ll be a little less than two years. It’ll be about 20 months but we really want to take our time and get this right because the technology that’s employed really is some next generation stuff.”
We still know very little about WARCRAFT, the gang have done an incredible job on keeping a lid on things during filming, Fred did manage to pry a wee bit of info out of Tull though when asked what Duncan brings to the film considering his previous films MOON and Source Code:
“I would say it’s a linear story, but at the same time, it’s Duncan Jones. That’s what we wanted, was again that different flare, not just straightforward fantasy and everything. Look, it’s a privilege. Being able to go from Interstellar’s our fifth movie with Chris Nolan into Guillermo del Toro and Gareth Edwards and now Duncan Jones. It’s really a privilege to work around these folks.”
There is very much a sense that Duncan and the team are creating something rather special, indeed he said as much in a recent piece he wrote for Empire magazine’s 300th issue this month:
“We’re doing something that doesn’t happen in Hollywood movies anymore. We’re creating a great, big, grin inducing surprise! And for that reason, I don’t want to tell you too much…”
WARCRAFT will be released March 11th 2016, keep up to date with the countdown to wrap on Duncan’s Twitter feed, and pick up a copy of Empire magazine’s 300th issue for a great piece by Duncan with a couple of exclusive photos from on set by Rodene Jones.
Read Fred Topel’s complete interview with Thomas Tull at Craveonline.