World of Warcraft Movie Details from BlizzCon
Just this past weekend Blizzard held its annual BlizzCon gaming expo for all things Blizzard, which includes the gaming franchises of Starcraft and Warcraft. From a report over at the unofficial Warcraft Movie blog, they spoke with producer Thomas Tull (Superman Returns, 300) and received some juicy updates in regards to the Warcraft movie. Right now they're aiming for a 2009 release with pre-production in the very early stages and still no director or cast. However, Tull spoke about a budget, the story, and more.
Tull stated that a budget of over $100 million would be committed and that Legendary Pictures are 100% committed to producing something epic. The plot of the film will take place approximately one year before the start of World of Warcraft, including familiar races and terrain, to create what is reported to be a two and a half hour film. In addition, the film will revolve around a "badass" hero with a theme towards conflict and culture from an Alliance's perspective.
Tull said although they're still only in the scripting process, they've got a lot of details they're looking for worked out, including shooting for a PG-13 rating. They also know the type of director they want, which coincidentally is the same type of director I'd want to make this.
"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."
Sounds like they've really got their shit together on this video game movie. Unlike Halo, which would probably (and should be) a bigger film than Warcraft, this has every last pre-production detail perfectly worked out. The fans will be pleased and this will be a huge hit, and I can already say that 2 years out.
You can read all of the details over at the unofficial Warcraft Movie blog. A concept art photo from the film was also released, which you can see below. Stay tuned for updates as this film develops leading up to 2009.