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.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
I've been playing WoW for only five days and I'm already anticipating it's welcome arival. Can't belive nobodys commented yet. About eight million people play World of Warcraft, i thought it would already have hundreds of comments. Mabye they're all to busy playing. Anyway, there is no way i am gonna miss this film. I'm thinking it's going to bigger than Transformers.
farsider on Mar 9, 2008
Can't comment, grinding favor.
Joel on May 15, 2008
Ive been playing WoW since it came out and I have to say I can not wait to see the movie ( if there really is gonna be one) That will be the biggest movie ever if Blizzard is not rich now they will be! CANT WAIT CANT WAIT CANT WAIT!!!!! Let me add it would be awesome if there were a pink haired ( pigtails) gnome in it!!
Yazmine on Oct 23, 2008
bsides races and terrains, i would love to see classes like warlocks shamans and paladins. cant wait to see it on cinema. give us some pictures plz 😛
andre on Nov 9, 2008
You've got to be kidding me. This will be worse than Pokemon the movie. III.
Burn on Nov 30, 2008
anyone else think that looks like the lifa tree from Final Fantasy IX?
ain on Jan 12, 2009
I don´t play wow but the tree in the picture is the world tree from Warcraft III. But as i Recall it the world tree was sacrificed to destroy Archimonde.
Kon on Mar 16, 2009
Well, I can only assume the WoW motion picture will end up a flop just as all past video game (mortal combat, resident evil...) and some comic book (Daredevil, Superman Returns, Xmen: Last Stand) based movies have been. The storyline, creativity, and public interest for WoW is certainly there but at the same time things that make a good game versus a good movie are completely different. I am still waiting for a decent book based on WoW to come out. I would bet Blizzard along with Legendary pictures would benefit from analyzing how fans receive a well written novel (not like Halo or StarWars, more like R.A Salvatore style) before spending 100M on a film and ruining future possibilities (Alien 3, Alien Resurrection). Throwing money at a project doesn't mean it will come out on top (gov bailout...) On the upside, from what I have read Blizzard and Legendary pictures are taking their time to make sure this doesn't happen, I'm sure if Blizzard can dominate the creative aspect of production then the movie will turnout just fine. It seems that everything Blizzard puts out is high quality.
Morris on Mar 28, 2009
to Kon: It's not the world tree from warcraft III (Nordrassil) but Teldrassil on the island northwest of Kalimdor (look at Kaldorei world map of WoW)
Saykho on Apr 3, 2009
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