If you were not at BlizzCon to take in the first trailer for the upcoming Warcraft movie, don’t worry. You can get your first glimpse of Azeroth come to life in the Warcraft movie trailer below.
WOAH. Or should I say…WoW! Based on this trailer, the Warcraft movie looks awesome!
Now, it’s important to stay calm. Measure your expectations. Video games that get adapted into major motion pictures rarely work out.
That said, the Warcraft movie might be the exception to the rule. For one, Duncan Jones, the director and co-screenwriter, is awesome. Not only is he inherently cool for being David Bowie’s son but his other two feature-length films, Source Code and Moon, are grossly underrated sci-fi movies. Given the expertise he’s shown in his previous genre films, it’s not hard to assume that he’ll capture the tone of the beloved game franchise and make a perfectly watchable movie for everyone to enjoy. At least, that’s what we hope.
Secondly, if there’s one thing that Blizzard excels at it’s protecting their brand. Star Craft: Ghost was notoriously cancelled because it didn’t meet the studio’s high-standards and they rarely release any game until it’s next to perfect. We can only assume that they would take the same approach with the Warcraft movie, only letting it see the light of day when it met their high-standards. Don’t forget, they recently spent $5.9 billion to buy Candy Crush, so I doubt that Blizzard needs to pinch pennies pay for reshoots. Probably. I guess we’ll find out in June 2016.
By the looks of things, this Warcraft movie will only allude to the threat of the undead armies, focusing more on the conflict between the humans and the invading orcs. Guess we will have to wait until the second and third Warcraft movies to see the undead, the night elves and the pandas. Probably a good move as including all the Warcraft races in a single movie might feel crowded and alienate audiences members unfamiliar with Warcraft lore.
This much is sure from the debut trailer: the mounts look so cool.
Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Dominic Cooper, and Ben Foster. It will hit theaters June 2016.