Over the weekend Legendary Films released their first full length trailer for the film Warcraft. The movie is based upon the popular video game franchise from Blizzard and will feature the story of the first meeting and the first war between Orcs and Humans. Visually, the effects are being handled by Weta Workshop and look like those of the video game franchise.
The trailer promises a mix of CGI, motion capture, and live action to bring the world of Azerorth to life. All things considered the movie looks as if it will be a faithful adaptation of the Warcraft video games. This is sure to delight fans, but it is questionable if it will bring in those unfamiliar with Blizzard’s most successful game series. Then again with more 100 million people playing World of Warcraft over the past decade maybe there is no need to tap broader appeal.
Either way we want to voice our approval of Blizzard and Legendary for sticking with the source material at a time when so many other studios and entertainment companies are only seeking to buy the rights to video games and other nostalgia-laden properties, just to exploit them and pay little to no lip-service to the original fan base. With any luck Warcraft will be a success and pave the way for better video game movies to come.
Seeing as how Blizzard has always had the ability to create some of the best cut-scenes of any video game company we have cautious hopes for their two-hour long cut-scene of a movie, but what are your thoughts on the trailer? Is it too much like the video game? Did you want to see some diversity in the franchise? Or is it everything you and your raptor-mount could hope for?
Warcraft is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones. The film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. It will be in theaters on June 10, 2016.