SDCC14 Panel With WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones

Although we didn’t get too much detail from Duncan on the specifics of the film itself, Duncan did make it clear we are in for something big with WARCRAFT. This is a film drawing on nearly 20 years of lore from the WARCRAFT universe from the original RTS (real time strategy) ‘Warcraft: Orcs & Humans’ released on the 23rd November 1994 up to the present day World Of Warcraft MMO RPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) which has millions of players worldwide and is itself about to celebrate 10 years online.

It’s a world millions are familiar with, a world millions have grown up with. It’s also a world that may be unfamiliar to many millions more, one that Duncan and the gang are working hard to bring to both audiences.

“There’s an awful lot to draw on from Warcraft and there’s a lot of films which want to make origin stories but I think in this case it really merits an origin story. We want to show how the world of Azeroth falls into conflict between Orcs and Humans.

We do want to make sure it’s a film that’s accessible to everyone”

Speaking about the technical challenges and the size of the world being created for WARCRAFT, Duncan said:

“Our film doesn’t come out until March of 2016, so that’s a ways away. That’s because it is such a technical challenge, we were trying to really do the set building and world building that was done on a film like Lord of the Rings and at the same time bring in the technology that was in Avatar and it really is like trying to make those two movies at the same time. It’s a big project and I think it deserves it and hopefully the final results will speak for themselves.”

With that, much like last years mood piece, the rotten beasts then went on to show some early footage from WARCRAFT that we don’t get to see (Grrrr). There were some kind souls though that did go on to at least describe it, so head over to io9 for that 🙂

WARCRAFT stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown.
Script: Charles Leavitt (Screenplay), Duncan Jones (Screenplay), Chris Metzen (Story and characters).
Release date: March 11th 2016

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