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lastcall at 5:40PM, Feb. 2, 2009
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So I am under the assumption that there is a Warcraft movie coming out sometime in the next few years. As far as I know, Blizzard hasn't said a word about when (or even if) this movie will be released. IMDB.com used to slate the movie as a 2010 release, but apparently that's been changed to 2011.

I am hoping beyond hope that they do not make this movie live-action. I don't want to see Lucy Lawless running around as a night elf or Verne Troyer prancing around as a gnome. …What I am hoping for is a CG-animated film as well-made and beautiful as their in-game cinematics. I'm pretty sure a lot of people feel this way, and I know that Blizzard will let a lot of people down if they let Hollywood steer the wheel on this one.

Anyway, I was curious if anyone had heard anything progress-wise about this upcoming movie? Any leaks about the story or who (character-wise) will be in it? What are your predictions for this film?

According to IMDB.com, Thrall will be in the movie. It will be told primarily from the Alliance point of view The time of the movie is set about 1 year before World of Warcraft begins. The film is mainly about cultures in conflict. It won't be an adventure movie like LoTR, more of a war film.
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Chernobog at 11:28PM, Feb. 2, 2009
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I would prefer CG as well, at least if they can do it on the level of Final Fantasy's pretty dud of a film. Then again, a troll in LOTR quality costume and paint would be sweet, I suppose. Egh, well, it'll be focused on their contemporary little Tolkien knock-off races like just about everything in current fantasy, so whatever. (No love… For the Horde?!) Unfortunately, I haven't heard anything about the film to add here.

 
 
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lastcall at 4:08AM, Feb. 3, 2009
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Yeah they are doing a good job of keeping a lid on it. Though there are a few articles attached to the IMDB.com entry. One of them says they are trying to get Zak Snyder (300) or Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight) to direct it. Another article states it will be a mix of computer animation and live-action. But I'm not putting much faith in those articles at the moment.
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ozoneocean at 4:52AM, Feb. 3, 2009
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I never got into the whole WOW thing. I loved the original games and then Warcraft 3.
I dunno, a live action/cg film of the early stuff could be good. :)
Although CG would probably be good too. :)
 
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isukun at 7:03AM, Feb. 3, 2009
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Honestly, I don't really care that much about the movie, but if they were going to do it in full CG, they might as well do it in house. I know that isn't the case, though, since the animators over there aren't working on any movies, just short animations for games.
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Hakoshen at 11:52AM, Feb. 3, 2009
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There was an in game cutscene in DragonBlight of some Humans and Orcs going up against some undead, and it was pretty kick ass. It was like WOW meets Saving Private Ryan in its grittiness and camera work.

I wouldn't mind seeing a whole movie done with IN game CG if it were done well enough.
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Product Placement at 3:35PM, Feb. 3, 2009
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As far as I know, Blizzard hasn't said a word about when (or even if) this movie will be released.
Gasp! Blizzard's keeping a tight lip about their upcoming projects! That's so unlike them!

I honestly think that Blizzards favorite line is “no comment”. I mean they hide their secrets better than senators and the US military.
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ozoneocean at 7:23PM, Feb. 3, 2009
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I mean they hide their secrets better than senators and the US military.
That's not saying much… :)

A film is a good idea. Such a great plan for marketing isn't it? With their current userbase you can assume almost al of them will watch, plus a lot more other people… Great way to get more subscribers :)

Pretty unique in that way since other game movies don't have this particular business scenario to build on- they're not based on ongoing concerns, just on the hype and buzz that surrounds (or surrounded) a game franchise idea that only has it's big sales when new versions come out, in between releases interest dries up pretty much.
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but if they were going to do it in full CG, they might as well do it in house.
I don't see why that would be a good idea. They're not experts on feature projects like that, and they take long enough to produce the things they DO specialise in. Better to farm it off to a production company that does that sort of thing and lend some of their design team as consultants…
 
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isukun at 9:22PM, Feb. 3, 2009
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They're not experts on feature projects like that, and they take long enough to produce the things they DO specialise in.

I know people who work there as animators and quite honestly, they treat it more like a feature project than like cut scenes. They have the capability to work on feature projects with the team they have now and they've been hiring more. These aren't people working on game models or assets, but just on the hi-res models, special effects, texturing, animation, and sound for the cut scenes and I seriously doubt it took them five years to come up with the fifteen minutes of cut scenes they had in Warcraft III, especially with the number of people they had working on the animation. With the size of the team they have now, I wouldn't think a 2 hour movie in a few years would be out of the question.

Now, I might be willing to agree that Blizzard would likely look outside for a writer and possibly even a director, but I don't see any reason they would want to look outside or animators when they practically have their own studio already. It would be cheaper for them to do it in house and easier for them to find funding if they were appeasing their fans and not simply letting Hollywood puke out another videogame movie.
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Hakoshen at 6:57AM, Feb. 4, 2009
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Now, I might be willing to agree that Blizzard would likely look outside for a writer and possibly even a director, but I don't see any reason they would want to look outside or animators when they practically have their own studio already. It would be cheaper for them to do it in house and easier for them to find funding if they were appeasing their fans and not simply letting Hollywood puke out another videogame movie.

I agree with you pretty much here, I mean the WOTLK intro was pretty meh in my opinion, but the original intro made me want to pick up a sword, get 4 of my best friends and go raid wal-mart.

Their CG teams do excellent work, and I think that there wouldn't be any people who know the world well enough to do it right other than they themselves.

Either way, here's my question for all of you; What story arc would you want to see made into a movie? I'd have to go with the easy route and go WC3, And do Arthas' becoming of the lich king. You've got romance, drama, war of course, and betrayal, and George Lucas isn't touching it, so when the good guy goes evil this time we might believe it.
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Aurora Borealis at 11:41AM, Feb. 7, 2009
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I can't say I care about warcraft in any form (neither as a “mummorpeger” or an “arty ass” ) , but if the movie is good I'll probably go and see it. Could use a decent fantasy movie. :)
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Walrus at 8:19AM, Feb. 8, 2009
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Warcraft will crash and burn. Blizzard has already merged with another company. They're losing money quickly. Blizzard will go out of business! I never liked WOW and never will. It's a cheap MMORPG, there's nothing extraordinary about it. I've watched a few commercials and videos and it looks very boring and cliche. I don't' see why people practically dedicate their life to this franchise…
 
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Biz3 at 9:50AM, Feb. 8, 2009
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Heard a bit back and forth about the creation of a Warcraft movie. If there's ever going to be one, then for the love of everything worth swearing something to, let it be a computer animated movie made in the same fashion as the many Warcraft cinematic clips.

Also hope that any potential scriptwriter from this is not some raving lunatic clueless about the extensive story involved, but rather someone who knows about the Warcraft lore (which is probably what we'll see, as imdb lists Chris Metzen as the writer).

Bit of a big question what the movie will be about - wouldn't mind one about the Troll Wars, the Dragon Hunt or the War of the Three Hammers. Or even the War of the Ancients. But if it's going to be set a year before World of Warcraft in the timeline, it might just be a movie about the Cycle of Hatred (which, in itself, would be an interesting movie to watch). I've loved the Warcraft universe since first stumbling upon it, so I'm going to be critical about any Warcraft movie.
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Sea_Cow at 9:56AM, Feb. 8, 2009
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Seriously? There are this many people who like world of warcraft?
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Biz3 at 10:15AM, Feb. 8, 2009
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Seriously? There are this many people who like world of warcraft?

Well, there are some over 13 million people who play it worldwide.

Though what most people don't seem to get, is that Warcraft stretches far beyond that MMORPG - add on the people who like Warcraft in general (be it the older games, the books, the comics, the tabletop games, etc), and the number shoots up even further. The warcraft franchise is huge. lol!
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I mean they hide their secrets better than senators and the US military.
That's not saying much… :)
It was intended that way. A gaming company hiding their secrets betters then a self proclaimed nr.1 government is as ironic as stress reducing candles, setting you house of fire.
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isukun at 8:50PM, Feb. 8, 2009
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The warcraft franchise is huge.

Probably not as huge as you think. The people who were into the old games and who buy into the niche market products that define the expanded Warcraft Universe are often the same people who play WoW. You can't really separate those groups since you're going to have a huge overlap. Also, keep in mind that while the worldwide numbers are over 10 million, the majority of those players aren't in the US (which numbers only about 2.5 million) which would be the target audience for an American made movie. Also, the global numbers are actually closer to 11.5 million as of the end of 2008 (according to Blizzard, anyway).
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ozoneocean at 10:18PM, Feb. 8, 2009
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which would be the target audience for an American made movie.
They wouldn't be. That would make no sense since Blizzard could make more money out of them with less expenditure by releasing more expansions.

They would assume that most current WOW subscribers would watch the film in any case. The target audience would be those that aren't current subscribers but have that potential. ;)
 
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BffSatan at 12:27AM, Feb. 9, 2009
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All the WOW players will go see it, they will think of it as the worst movie ever made. I will not see it because I don't play WOW.
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isukun at 12:44AM, Feb. 9, 2009
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Theatrical films may have product tie ins, but the major point of a feature film is to make money on its own merits. If all they're looking to do is advertise, there are cheaper, more effective ways of doing it, especially when you consider the game is four years old at this point (and will likely be five or six years old by the time the movie launches and looking even more dated than it already does). The potential for expansion in a single territory is getting to be pretty limited. I can only see this as fan service, not an overblown ad, and as such, it's going to attract a much larger volume of existing fans than new ones.
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LIZARD_B1TE at 4:52AM, Feb. 9, 2009
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The warcraft franchise is huge.

Probably not as huge as you think. The people who were into the old games and who buy into the niche market products that define the expanded Warcraft Universe are often the same people who play WoW.

Which is not to say there aren't exceptions. I loved WarCraft 3, have read quite a few of the books, and have never in my life played WoW.

Granted, that's because it refused to install properly on my computer, but that's beside the point.
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lastcall at 4:08AM, July 22, 2009
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Hate to bring this thread out from the dead, but Blizzard made a press release yesterday announcing Sam Raimi will be directing the upcoming live-action Warcraft movie:

press release here

…While I'm a bit disappointed that they're not sticking with their beautiful CGI cinematics, I think they made a good choice with Raimi. Maybe this means we can expect Bruce Campbell to make a cameo appearance (like he does in every other Raimi film)? ;)
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ozoneocean at 4:41AM, July 22, 2009
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Isukun is a poop. He was wrong of course, while I was right. Of course.
Heh, so what do you think the movie will be about, I'd love to see a war craft movie about a bunch of actual human players (played by actors), about their real lives, but mainly focusing on their in game relationships and activities…
Perhaps the game part could be real actors and not game models as well, that'd be hilarious :)

Much better than the crazy story ideas they come up with for the game… I mean, those things are fun to play, but fantasy in general is hard to pull off well cinematicaly and “made for game” fantasy stories are surely at an even bigger disadvantage there. :(
 
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lastcall at 5:01AM, July 22, 2009
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Heh, so what do you think the movie will be about, I'd love to see a war craft movie about a bunch of actual human players (played by actors), about their real lives, but mainly focusing on their in game relationships and activities…

Well since Raimi is at the helm now, I think there will be a pinch of lightheartedness to it, like there was with the SpiderMan movies. And since Robert Tapert is an executive producer, I think there's a good chance that Lucy Lawless (Tapert's wife and Xena star) will be cast as a night elf. ….I also predict that Sam Raimi's brother, Ted (who played Joxer on Xena and co-starred in SpiderMan), will play a gnome.
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isukun at 9:40AM, July 22, 2009
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Isukun is a poop. He was wrong of course, while I was right. Of course.

Really? How so? From what I'm seeing in the press release, they are concerned with appealing to the existing audience and I only said they might as well make the movie in house IF the film was FULL CG, which it's not.
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Sea_Cow at 2:25PM, July 22, 2009
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Sam Raimi needs to get back to horror-comedies.
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df_karnovski at 3:11AM, July 24, 2009
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Hollywood producers/directors always snobbishly (because it's just a game!)take the things that worked in the games story/visuals, strip it out and then wonder why they have a flop on their hands. This movie will be cringe worthy, plus I don't need any more wow! it's also the reason my comic has stalled :( damn this weakness!
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LIZARD_B1TE at 12:41PM, July 24, 2009
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Sam Raimi needs to get back to horror-comedies.

I know what you mean. He hasn't done any of those in, like, forever.
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lefarce at 10:57AM, July 25, 2009
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Give me WoW or a spear to ram through my face, and I'll happily chose the spear. Tell my wife I love her. GIDDYUP

 
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Sea_Cow at 11:07AM, July 25, 2009
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Sam Raimi needs to get back to horror-comedies.

I know what you mean. He hasn't done any of those in, like, forever.

Fuck that, I'm talking about something with Bruce Campbell and zombies and tons of blood everywhere.
I am so happy to finally be back home
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