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SDCC 2013 – Legendary Entertainment Duncan Jones Reveals Warcraft Film Teaser

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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:

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Deadline States Legendary Entertainment Might Announce Partner Before SDCC 2013

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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

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Warcraft Film – Thomas Tull Expectations are High, Script Not Finished

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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

 

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Breaking News: Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros End Partnership, Warcraft Film Continues

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According to Hollywood Reporter, it is now official. With the expiration of their 8-year partnership contract, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros have gone their separate ways. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull recently said a new partner might be decided within the next 60 days.

Legendary Pictures has been preparing for the end of the contract and have secured enough capital to launch its own films. Apparently, the Warcraft film shouldn’t suffer delays due to this situation.

Among the prospects rumored, Legendary has NBCUniversal and SONY. However, other candidates might appear in the next few weeks.

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Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros 8-Year Parnertship Contract Expires Soon – NBC Universal Interested

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Breaking news. TheWrap award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman posted today that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull might be looking at offers from rival studios to decide whether or not to renew contract with Warner Bros.

The Legendary Pictures contract with Warner Bros is nigh at the end of its 8-year agreement. Right now, Thomas Tull hasn’t taken any decisions, but he will have one within the next 60 days (2 months).

This might be critical in a few ways. Recently, the Duncan Jones-directed Warcraft film was confirmed to start rolling cameras on the first quarter of 2014.

If Thomas Tull renews the contract with Warner Bros, everything keeps moving forward. However, if Legendary Pictures signed in with another studios the outcome is unknown for current and upcoming projects’ schedules.

According to The Wrap, the big studio eyeing Legendary Pictures is no other than NBC Universal. Now this part of the breaking news is extremely interesting. NBC Universal was founded in August 2004 after the merger of General Electric’s NBC with Vivendi’s Vivendi Universal Entertainment.

Activision Blizzard was a merger between Activision, Inc. and Vivendi Games. Unless there have been any changes since 2007, former Management Board of Vivendi and Chairman of Vivendi Games René Penisson is currently Chairman Activision Blizzard.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has been meeting with rival studios to decide whether he wants to leave Warner’s when his contract is up at the end of the year on the heels of tension with executives there. He said last week he’d decide within 60 days.

NBCU is in first position to make the deal, which could be done by the end of the week, one of the individuals said. It would be a multi-pronged partnership involving distribution rights to Tull’s movies, co-financing of Universal movies and television partnership. — source

Probably, it would be a good idea to sign another 8-years with Warner Bros. The Man of Steel with Cavill has been successful, and Man of Steel 2 is already rumored (listed) at IMDB. The issue here for Legendary Pictures is that Warner Bros owns DC Entertainment (DC Comics) and the Superman license.

The Man of Steel cost 225 million and has earned $398.3 million worldwide up to this point, currently third-place at the box office in United States (ComingSoon.net).

Warner Bros owns the following properties: Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, TheWB.com, and DC Entertainment. Warner is also co-owner of the CW Television Network.

NBCUniversal Media, LLC owns the following subsidiaries: NBC, Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts, Focus Features, Telemundo, USA Network, Syfy, Chiller, E!, G4, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC.com, NBCNews.com, iVillage, PictureBox Movies, Bravo, Style, Telemundo Television Studios, The Weather Channel, ShopNBC, and Hulu. Divisions: NBCUniversal Television Group, NBC News, NBC Sports Group. In turn NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast. Comcast has holdings on Style Network, and the Golf Channel.

As of 2012, Comcast had a revenue of US$ 62.570 billion. Its subsidiary, NBCUniversal had a revenue of US$ 21.124 Billion in 2011.

As of 2012, Warner Bros revenue was US$ 12 billion.

What do you think about the possibility of Legendary Pictures joining NBC Universal? Would you rather want Legendary Pictures to renew contract with Warner Bros?

Recent Warcraft Film news

May 31, 2013 – Recently, Charles Roven (producer) announced plans to begin shooting the Warcraft film early 2014.

April 30, 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Careers Team was looking for a Storyboard Artist with Film experience (instead of Cinematics experience).

April 25, 2013 – Bill Westenhoffer joined Legendary Pictures as VFX Supervisor for the Warcraft Film.

My rundown on Warcraft film news and activity spanning 2012 – 2013 can be found here.

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Producer Charles Roven – Warcraft Film to start shootings on early 2014

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legendary-pictures-charles-rovenDuring an interview with SlashFilm, producer Charles Roven revealed plans to start shooting the Warcraft film during the first quarter of 2014. It’s possible the Warcraft film might hit the big screen around 2015.

“First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie. We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with Duncan.” — said Charles Roven.

Charles Roven produced Man of Steel (2013), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Get Smart (2008), and Twelve Monkeys (1995) — just to name a few heavy hitters.

2015 … Orly? Yarly!

It is interesting to hear the Warcraft film will hit the big screen on 2015. Not because of what you might think, but because a lot of films are scheduled to hit 2015 too.

Could the Warcraft film be at the top of the box office in 2015? Maybe. However, take a look at all the tough contenders the Warcraft film might be fighting against at the Box office. Let’s see some of the known films to arrive on 2015.

MARCH

  • The Fantastic Four (Reboot) – March 6
  • The Penguins of Madagascar – March 27

MAY

  • The Avengers 2 – May 1
  • Assassin’s Creed – May 22

JUNE

  • Justice League (DC Comics) TBD
  • B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations – June 1
  • Inside Out (Disney/Pixar) – June 19

JULY

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – July 10
  • The Smurfs 3 – July 24
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 – July 25

NOVEMBER

  • Ant-Man (Marvel) – November 6

DECEMBER

  • Kung Fu Panda 3 – December 23

2015 UNANNOUNCED / NO DATE

  • Jurassic Park IV
  • Avatar 2
  • Popeye
  • Star Wars: Episode VII
  • Untitled Batman Reboot
  • Prometheus Sequel
  • Mission: Impossible V
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • WarCraft
  • The Raven Pitch
  • Perfect 2
  • Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • American Sniper
  • Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger II: The Green Destiny

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Blizzard Entertainment Seeks Storyboard Artist with Film Experience

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Nick Carpenter (Blizzard VP of Art and Cinematic Development) posted a call for a Storyboard Artist with film experience.

You must be able to relocate to Irvine, CA. The project the Storyboard Artist will work on is unknown. Storyboard. Film experience. At a first glance one might quickly think: Warcraft film. However, there is much more Blizzard Entertainment is working on.

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Blizzplanet: Speculation-mode On

We absolutely don’t know what this position is for. That clear, I can think of few projects that might fit the bill.

  • Warcraft film: VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer joined recently. A storyboard artist at this point makes sense.

  • Next-Gen MMO: Lot of “if”s here. If the Next-Gen MMO was to be announced this BlizzCon (November 8-9), if they were to unveil a cinematic teaser, and if they haven’t started working on the cinematic basics — they might need a storyboard artist for the Next-Gen MMO team. Can Blizzard pull that off in less than 6 months? Too Challenging.

  • StarCraft: Ghost: It’s just a matter of when it will be announced, you know it. I can hear some fans pop the argument: “Oh but [x] team is busy on [y] project — it’s not happening any time soon.” So I will pop the argument-slapper: “.. but, a new team was created out of the blue to develop Hearthstone!” Any new teams might be created to handle new games at any time. Or teams we don’t know yet exist might be working on a game as we speak? — [plays Twilight Zone music theme]

  • Hearthstone: Hmm, why not. It’s going into beta in a few weeks from now. I have all Blizzard PC games, and I have never seen a Blizzard game without a cinematic intro.

  • StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void: It’s been a month and a half since Heart of the Swarm launched. What are the chances Legacy of the Void is already in development? Did you see how many cinematics and cutscenes Heart of the Swarm had? Crazy and awesome, right?

  • World of Warcraft expansion: It’s no secret Blizzard aims to ship WoW expansions faster — within the 16 months window. Mists of Pandaria shipped on September 25, 2012. It’s been 7 months since it went live. By November, it will be 13 months and a half since MOP went live. Beta tests last around 6 months. Thus, there is a mismatch there for the 16th month shipping milestone. Either way, cinematic team might begin work any time. Hiring a Storyboard artist makes sense here too.

  • Short film: The Diablo III: Wrath short was short of awesome. Blizzard might show a short based on any of the current and upcoming IPs.

  • Diablo III expansion: It’s been basically a year (May 12) since Diablo III went live. By BlizzCon (Nov 7-8) it will be 18 months. Nice timing for an expansion announcement. Add a few months before beta starts, plus at least six months of beta testing. Plenty of time for cinematic work.

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Henry Cavill Almost Misses Superman Man of Steel Role Due to World of Warcraft

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In a very funny interview, actor Henry Cavill told IGN he almost misses the Man of Steel role when director Zack Snyder called him by phone to give him the role and he was in the middle of a World of Warcraft dungeon, and let the phone ring unanswered.

When he checked the caller ID, his eyes nigh pop. He ditched Zack Snyder’s phone call to continue playing WoW … more at IGN.

That really makes me wonder. If there was a cast call for the Warcraft film … would Henry Cavill be among them?

To follow Warcraft film latest news visit Blizzplanet, and follow these Twitter pages: Nick Carpenter, Duncan Jones, and Stuart Fenegan.

Blizzplanet’s Warcraft film news section.

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Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment Welcome Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Westenhofer

Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment welcome “Life of Pi” 2013 Academy Award winner Bill Westenhofer to the Warcraft film as Visual Effects Supervisor. Blizzard Entertainment VP of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carpenter and Bill Westenhofer were at a meeting today to discuss matters concerning the Warcraft film. Welcome aboard, Bill. — Twitter

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Going down memory lane, Bill Westenhofer made headlines in the gaming news networks as the World of Warcraft guild leader who won an Oscar back in 2008 (Kotaku). Bill plays a mage in the Kil’jaeden server.

Listen to Bill Westenhofer’s speech at the Best Visual Effects Oscar award:

Bill Westenhofer – Bios

bill-westenhofer-visual-effects-supervisor-warcraft-filmAcademy Award winner Bill Westenhofer is leading the Rhythm & Hues creative team for “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee for 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Bill served as the vfx supervisor on “The A-Team” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” for Fox, and the comedy adventure “Land of the Lost” for Universal Pictures.

In 2008, Bill received the Academy Award® for Achievement in Visual Effects for overseeing the work of hundreds of R&H digital artists on “The Golden Compass.” He also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Special Visual Effects for the same film. Bill was previously Oscar nominated for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Bill’s other supervisory credits include “Elf,” “The Rundown,” “Men in Black II,” “Cats & Dogs,” “Stuart Little” I and II, “Frequency” and “Babe: Pig in the City,” the latter a BAFTA nominee.

Beginning as a technical director with Rhythm & Hues in 1994, Bill’s lighting and effects animation work was featured in “Batman Forever” and numerous commercials. He was promoted to CG supervisor for “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” and continued in that role for “Spawn,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Kazaam” and “Waterworld.”

Bill holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University.

What is a Visual Effects Supervisor (VFX)’s role?

The role of a VFX supervisor is to oversee and carry out all the visual effect needs of the script throughout the pre-production phase all the way to post-production phase. Bill Westenhofer will meet with Duncan Jones (director), Chris Metzen (co-producer / story), Stuart Fenegan (executive producer), Charles Levitt (screenplay / story) and Nick Carpenter (VP of Art and Cinematic Development) quitely often throughout the next two years. Read more about the role of a VFX supervisor.

Warcraft Film Launch Date Soon

In our recent article we talked about the interview between Collider and Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull. The Warcraft film launch date will be announced soon.

Want to be up-to-date on everything about the Warcraft film? Visit Blizzplanet often, and read our Warcraft Film section covering its news since 2008.

Warcraft Film Release Date to be Announced Soon

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Collider recently interviewed Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull to talk about several movies including Warcraft, Pacific Rim, Superman’s Man of Steel, 42 and Godzilla.

There was no direct quote, but Collider mentioned Thomas Tull added that we’ll soon be hearing updates regarding the production status, script, and release date.

Thomas Tull said we will learn more about the Warcraft film “soon”. It’s hard to say if it is “soon” or “soon™” (Blizzard-style). Unless we see this new wave of info via Press Release, I see no other avenue other than BlizzCon — to be held on November 8-9th. By the way, if your calendar says April 24 then BlizzCon ticket sales are today at 7pm PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT.

thomas-tull-1Collider: Something that I think a lot of fans have been waiting for is the first kick ass video game movie. You guys at Legendary have partnered up with Warner Brothers to deliver some of the best comic book movies that have ever been made, so what’s it going to take to make the best video game movie that’s ever been made?

Tull: I think first of all is to lose the fact that it’s a video game movie and just concentrate on do you have a story that’s worth telling? Because if you look back to the 80’s, comic book movies were not anywhere near what they are today.

They weren’t given the resources and you didn’t have the level of directors that you have today working on these things. I think with video games it’s just become much more sophisticated storytelling, hard to do a movie off of Pong, but today when you have stuff like Mass Effect, you have things like Warcraft, you have things like Skyrim where very cool worlds have been created, that’s what we’re attracted to.

We took our time with Warcraft because just saying “How many people play the game? Well then that means X number of people will buy a ticket.” That’s a death trap, that’s the surest way to make a crap movie, and that’s not an option. So we took our time wanted to make sure that we used all the canon that’s been built up over years and years by Blizzard. We’re huge believers in Duncan Jones, and I think what we’re going to bring to screen and to bear with Duncan, he is going to break that mold because it’s going to have the resources, the talent around it, and a Field General in Duncan Jones. It’s, again, the reason we took our time, made sure we had the right guy, the right person to make the movie, and then it will speak for itself when it comes out. — source: Collider

 

Rumor: Ao Tong (a Blizzplanet fan) buzzed us the IMDB listed Bill Westenhofer as the Warcraft film visual effects supervisor. Back in time in memory lane, Bill Westenhofer is the World of Warcraft guild leader who won an Oscar back in 2008. Bill plays a mage in the Kil’jaeden server.

I want to make crystal clear it’s not confirmed that Bill Westenhofer is the Warcraft film visual effects supervisor. This is set as a rumor until confirmed. For experience, not everything I have seen in IMDB is true. I am waiting for response on this matter to confirm or debunk the IMDB listing. Stay tuned to the front page.

Bill Westenhofer – Bios

Academy Award winner Bill Westenhofer is leading the Rhythm & Hues creative team for “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee for 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Bill served as the vfx supervisor on “The A-Team” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” for Fox, and the comedy adventure “Land of the Lost” for Universal Pictures.

In 2008, Bill received the Academy Award® for Achievement in Visual Effects for overseeing the work of hundreds of R&H digital artists on “The Golden Compass.” He also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Special Visual Effects for the same film. Bill was previously Oscar nominated for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Bill’s other supervisory credits include “Elf,” “The Rundown,” “Men in Black II,” “Cats & Dogs,” “Stuart Little” I and II, “Frequency” and “Babe: Pig in the City,” the latter a BAFTA nominee.

Beginning as a technical director with Rhythm & Hues in 1994, Bill’s lighting and effects animation work was featured in “Batman Forever” and numerous commercials. He was promoted to CG supervisor for “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” and continued in that role for “Spawn,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Kazaam” and “Waterworld.”

Bill holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University.

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