A few days ago, Duncan Jones announced on Twitter that he was leaving his home. Later he mentioned he was en route to Canada — without mentioning his destination. We already know Atlas Entertainment was conducting auditions in Vancouver, so it wasn’t hard to guess — but now it is confirmed. Duncan Jones has finally arrived to Vancouver after 1000 miles and 15 hours of driving from Los Angeles.
The big question is … why did Duncan Jones move to Vancouver three months before the Warcraft Film begins shooting cameras? It is an enigma.
Pre-production work? I could come up with random silly questions, but I’ll let you — the fan — create the turmoil in your mind tinkering his motives.
Personally, I am thrilled the Warcraft film is moving forward, and love all the short, and geeky updates Duncan Jones throws via Twitter. Much better than going radio silence for months. Keeps you on the edge of your seat pressing F5 to see what new update Duncan comes up with.
Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have officially announced the release date of the Legendary Pictures Warcraft Film. Legendary Pictures has partnered with Universal Pictures to launch the Warcraft Film on December 18, 2015.
Director Duncan Jones plans to roll cameras on January 13, 2014 in Vancouver. Several actors have been rumored to be in talks to join the crew.
There are contradictory rumors about the plot. Bleeding Cool recently mentioned it is based on Khadgar and Medivh during the First War, while the Production Weekly audition postings describes an early Arthas plot.
Legendary Pictures’ WARCRAFT, based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, December 18, 2015. WARCRAFT marks the first film dated under the recently formed partnership between Universal and Legendary.
The film, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones. The producers are Charles Roven and Alex Gartner for Atlas Entertainment and Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni for Legendary. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O’Connor will serve as executive producers. Blizzard’s Chris Metzen will co-produce.
Deadline informs Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment are casting for the Warcraft film.
Paula Patton is negotiating a lead role. Bleeding Cool says she is going for Lady Taria — wife of King Llane. Paula Patton is known for her role as Jane Carter in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2011) with Tom Cruise, and the upcoming Mission Impossible 5 (2015).
I am not too certain Bleeding Cool got the name right. If the rumor that the film is going with the Medivh and Khadgar era (The First War) was true, what would make sense is to see King Adamant Wrynn III and his wife Varia — parents of a younger Prince Llane.
Rumors have circulated for a few weeks the plot for the Warcraft film is based on Khadgar and Medivh — rumor ignited by Bleeding Cool on July 31. That sets the story during the First War as depicted in the first Warcraft game titled Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994). Players kill Medivh in mission # 8 of the Human campaign as seen in our single-player guide.
A day ago, Production Weekly tweeted Legendary Pictures is shooting the Warcraft film on January 13th in Vancouver.
The CMPP stands for Canadian Motion Picture Park.
A contact who asked to remain as an anonymous source has provided me the Production Weekly – Issue 861 – Thursday, August 29, 2013 which contains 104 film listings (including the Warcraft film) and 22 pages. The PDF sent to me contains indeed 22 pages, and it is dated Thursday, August 29th.
Due to the notice at the end of the document, I am not able to copy/paste or quote the entry:
“Production Weekly is intended for the personal use of its recipients. Mass forwarding or redistribution of this email or posting of this list or any information derived from the list on any web
site or message board in its entirety or in part without the written permission of the list administrator is neither permitted nor within the spirit of the efforts put into its creation. Copyright 2013 by Production Weekly All Rights Reserved.”
I’ll try to paraphrase instead without directly quoting word by word.
The Warcraft Film is codenamed “Conflagration”. That’s synonymous with War or Conflict according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As well as Inferno, and Holocaust. Curiously, it’s also a mage spell.
However, what I just read in this Production Weekly document of 22 pages is a short description that includes Prince Arthas Menethil. The way this is phrased seems to tell the story of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, but may also be a reference to Christie Golden’s novel World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King — which covers his younger years as a child and a teen, including his ordering as a Paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand.
Could go any of both ways — the novel way (which includes Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) or the RTS game way. The novel truly expanded Arthas’ story and personality. However, all the events of the Orcs, Night Elves and Scourge campaign were skipped in the novel. The way the film could work is mixing a little bit of both plots.
Keep in mind the story in the Production Weekly might be misdirection, inaccurate, or even outdated. Take with a grain of salt, and not as “Fact”.
I have been investigating some of the information in this PDF file to verify authenticity. Following the address in Google Maps it is indeed a Vancouver address. The email of the production led me to another public website (acting-auditions.org) that is listing the same info seen in the Production Weekly. As such, I will directly quote the short film description also seen in the Production Weekly #861.
His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice – his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.
If you re-read that description, it is not specifically saying this is a Lich King film. It is the story that led Arthas to become the Lich King — aka the human campaign in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Part of the RTS game’s human campaign plot is fleshed out in the Christie Golden novel. If you have read that novel, you will know how cool the film might be if this was not a rumor or flavor description for misdirection of the real plot.
Now the Duncan Jones “mood piece” shown at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con (read more) shows a human warrior and an orc. The novel didn’t have much screen time for orcs.
Mixing the great qualities of Arthas’ story from the novel, and adding some scenes of the RTS orc campaign could potentially add some nice battles, without sacrificing the depth of a well-written story with Prince Arthas as the central figure.
There were battle scenes when Thrall freed Grom Hellscream from the Humans. There was another humans vs orcs battle in the Echo Isles. However, most of the Human Campaign dealt with Arthas and Jaina going to Andorhal where they found Kel’Thuzad and the Scourge plaguing the grains. Later, the Culling of Stratholme. The travel to Northrend, and the eventual scene of Arthas and Muradin finding the runeblade Frostmourne.
Can all this story, and that of the orc campaign be crammed into a single film? Sounds like mission impossible, it has a lot of potential, but then again — this plot is not yet “factual” nor confirmed.
UPDATE # 2
And here is another reason why this Arthas plot could be true; or it could also either be misdirection, or inaccurate. The same text flavor used in the Production Weekly and in the casting website comes straight from the Christie Golden’s World of Warcraft: Arthas novel as seen in the Simon & Schuster website.
Production Weekly tweeted that Legendary has setup offices at CMPP Studios for the filming of Warcraft scheduled to begin January 13th. The filming will take place in Vancouver.
That’s absolutely exciting! Filming begins within the next four months — which means headlines about the casting crew will begin to flood the internet very soon.
Director Duncan Jones revealed a Warcraft film mood piece at the San Diego Comic Con depicting a human and an orc fighting in a setting similar to Blasted Lands or Hellfire Peninsula according to attendees who watched it.
Rumors have it the film will feature Khadgar and Medivh — set during the First War. To learn more about that, read Warcraft: The Last Guardian (reprinted in the WarCraft Archive)
Cesar (Blizzplanet-ES) informed me io9 broke the news that Legendary Entertainment director Duncan Jones has revealed a teaser trailer of the Warcraft Film. No one has been able to find a video as it took everyone by surprise.
Duncan Jones mentioned this is a “mood piece” of live action footage, and confirms the shooting of the film will begin early 2014. Some people describe the teaser “mood piece” as gritty and similar to “300″. On another note, Duncan Jones and Legendary invite fans to send questions about the Warcraft film at hashtag: #AskWarcraft
I will be diligently searching for the teaser trailer.
io9: “Holy crap, there was a big surprise at the Legendary/Warner Bros. panel just now. We saw the-first ever teaser for the World of Warcraft movie, in which a mighty armored warrior goes head-to-head with a huge green orc.” …
“And director Duncan Jones came out and told the crowd that he always wanted to make movies where “you delve into fantasy” — and this project is a dream come true, because he gets to create a whole world. And he announced that he starts filming in early 2014.” — source
On Thursday, July 18th – a fan asked Chris Metzen if Warcraft film info would be coming out on BlizzCon. Chris slowly looked at his watch hinting something was about to happen within a short time.
On Saturday, July 20th — Legendary Entertainment debuted a Warcraft film “mood piece” teaser of a human versus an orc. After the “mood piece”, Duncan Jones appeared on-stage and screams in a geeky-fashion revealing that the shooting of the Warcraft film is confirmed to be early 2014. Video below:
Deadline reports Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull is likely to make an announcement this week about the new partnership after departing the expired eight-year contract with Warner Bros.
The two top candidates are Comcast and NBCUniversal. According to Deadline, Comcast offered a tempting offer.
Other potential partners are rumored to be Lionsgate, Sony, and Fox.
San Diego Comic Con starts next week — where Legendary Pictures has a panel about its 2013 film lineup. This might be a good timing to make a partnership announcement.
Deadline.com — EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Legendary Entertainment‘s Thomas Tull could announce his selection of a new film/television financial, distribution, marketing, and production partnership as early as this week after kicking tires all over Hollywood. And insiders tell me that Comcast is his choice barring some last-minute over-the-top offer from a rival media giant. “NBCUniversal has been the likely candidate from the beginning. — source
io9 attended the Pacific Rim press roundtable in San Francisco and cornered Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull to ask about the Warcraft film.
Tull doesn’t mention the recent break up with Warner Bros, nor the comment by producer Charles Roven concerning the the Warcraft film’s 2014 shooting.
He reveals the script is not yet finished, but he feels they are close to reach a point when they can begin shooting the film. However, they wish to make sure this won’t be another video game film gone “teh Suck”. He’s also excited to have Duncan Jones directing the Warcraft film.
Thomas Tull: You start with that exact question… I think, as a gamer myself, a lot of times what has happened in the past is, studios have said, ‘How many people play that game? Okay, then that means they’ll probably all go and buy tickets.’ That is an incredibly poor way to make a movie.
So for us, it’s [like], We don’t know how to make a movie out of Warcraft, the video game. [Instead], it’s the incredible story, and the war, and these races, and everything these guys at Blizzard [Entertainment] have come up with. They have 100 books, and just this incredibly rich world that they’ve created.
And so having Duncan Jones realize that for us was exciting. We’ve also taken our time, because we absolutely don’t want to screw it up. And I think we’re getting close to a place [where] we’re ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, ‘Forget whether or not there’s a built-in audience. Does this stand on its own, and is it great?’ Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re under suspicion of going there. And Duncan is one of those directors that you just [say], ‘This guy gets it.’
The next two years are going to be pretty exciting, I think. — source