I think we have reached a moment in time when we can finally talk more abroad about the Warcraft film after months and years of partial hiatus.
The fans have awaited the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures since 2006 — announced that year at BlizzCon.
Many things have happened news-wise since then, but I’m going to stick to the activity these past six months. Make sure to check out all reference links to be up to date on what’s happened in this six months time-frame.
On July.13.2012, Sam Raimi revealed to CraveOnline at San Diego Comic Con 2012 he was no longer director of the Warcraft film.
With Sam Raimi gone, anything we might have learned or heard since his inception into the Warcraft film is scrapped. Finito. It all started from scratch. Anew.
Let’s pretend those past six years (since 2006) did not exist. The Warcraft film now starts from the moment Charles Levitt gets assigned as screenwriter and Duncan Jones is assigned as new director.
On August.2.2012, Charles Levitt was assigned as new screenwriter of the Warcraft Film. — according to Variety
On September 2012, Nick Carpenter (Blizzard VP of Art & Cinematic Development) tweeted Blizzplanet to share casting ideas. The community sent us some interesting actor/actress names and roles.
On October 2012 – I really don’t dare to make speculations about Pixar having anything to do with the Warcraft film. We only know what Rob Pardo tweeted on October 12th: “Excited to have Mark Andrews from Pixar down at Blizzard today!”
Cameron Dayton also tweeted (on October 12, 2012) that Mark Andrews and Blizzard developers were at the Improv (a comedy club) located at Irvine Spectrum Center.
We have known Blizzard Entertainment invites celebrity personalities to their studios, and basically anyone can request a tour simply by emailing email@example.com
To make an example, film actress Michele Morrow was invited by Blizzard artist Mark Gibbons (Red Knuckle). In short, PIXAR’s visit at Blizzard might have nothing to do with the Warcraft film. So have them in the back of your mind in the meantime.
A few weeks ago, January.30.2013, Blizzard Entertainment announced Duncan Jones — director of Source Code (2011) and Moon (2009) — is now the new director of the Warcraft film.
These six months have been a thrilling drumroll of activity.
A few days ago, Duncan Jones visited Blizzard Entertainment to talk to Chris Metzen and the Creative Team.
It’s happening folks! Hopefully, we can see something more concrete at BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9).
Duncan Jones is looking for a freelance animator. He didn’t specify if his inquiry was about the Warcraft film, or any other unknown projects. Hypothetically, if this was for the Warcraft film, I’d think a freelancer animator could help developing animated sketches as a visual guide of some scenes to be later filmed with live actors.
Overall, I liked the direction Blizzard is taking with the Warcraft film, and that they aren’t keeping everything secret. They are very open about posting in Twitter.
In the meantime, grab your popcorn and keep watch on Duncan Jones Twitter. He seems to be very verbal about directing the Warcraft film. We need that. We also need teasers as soon and as often as possible.
Long live the Warcraft film! Slap in the face to the trolls! (and … gnomes)
I am totally not making any assumptions nor triggering any speculation or rumor mills with this. Rob Pardo (Blizzard Entertainment Chief Creative Officer) posted this via Twitter, and anyone can read it.
Filmmaker Mark Andrews (Pixar) visited Blizzard Entertainment’s Irvine headquarters today. Andrews was story supervisor for The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and most recently director of Brave (2012).
Recently, Rob Pardo and Chris Metzen visited the Pixar offices to talk about storytelling during an in-house panel.
Me? I’m just informing our audience ((don’t kill the messenger)) and I’ll zip my mouth, and — ((hmmff-hmf hmfff Wthoomfff?)
…. unzips mouth — Ok, I’m pretty bad at keeping my opinion to myself. I’m not particularly believing this Pixar/Blizzard visiting each other has something to do with the Legendary Pictures Warcraft film. It could merely be mutual discussions about storytelling and animation, consulting, exchanging ideas.
On the other hand, we could speculate there is something more beyond what appearances show. On top of the Warcraft film (with live actors), there could be other projects like a StarCraft or Warcraft animated film down the line after the Legendary Pictures Warcraft film. Who knows?
Update: Cameron Dayton (Blizzard Entertainment Writer, Story Developer, and Transmedia consultant) posted this via Twitter: “Story session with Pixar’s Mark Andrews at the Improv.”
The Improv is a comedy club franchise located at Irvine Spectrum Center (71 Fortune Drive # 841 Irvine, CA 92618 USA.)
Update: Added several photos of actors proposed by fans. Tweeted the list to Nick Carpenter and Crithto. Keep sending your ideas. I’ll forward new ones.
After Sam Raimi’s departure as director, Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures continue to carry out plans to develop a film based on the Warcraft universe.
The latest buzz was that a new writer had been assigned to the project. In August.3.2012, Varietyreported screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, The Seventh Son) was picked by Legendary Pictures to take the challenge of bringing the world of Azeroth to life onto the big screen. It’s unknown if Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan screenwriter) is still aboard sharing screenwriter credits with Charles Leavitt.
No director has been assigned to the Warcraft film yet, but Nick Carpenter definitely breaths some heavenly hope to all of us Warcraft fans. While this is by no means an official statement nor endorsed by the Blizzard Public Relations team, it’s very kind and sensitive to allow fans to give their opinion and feedback before any film casting is made.
Chad “Crithto” Wingerd (World of Warcraft community manager) and Nick Carpenter (Blizzard Entertainment Vice-President of Art & Cinematic Development) had an exchange of ideas via Twitter.
We would like our audience to jump in into this discussion, and to thoroughly tinker some talented actors and actresses, or voice actors that you envision to participate in the Warcraft film.
We will forward your opinion and feedback to Blizzard Entertainment.
You can post your ideas below in the comments section. The comments login can be your facebook, twitter, google, or yahoo login via Disqus.
Update: It just hit me square on the forehead. I recently saw Blizzard Rob Pardo posted in twitter he and Chris Metzen (SVP of Creative Development) had visited Pixar and he was glad to have met those folks. His visit to Pixar is a mystery. Does anyone dare to cast conspiracy theories and to light up the rumor mill?
Update: Your Pick
The fans have shared their voice on which actors/actresses should be considered for the Warcraft Film. Below you can see the photos of some of these actors. I’ll forward these to Nick Carpenter, thanks. I’m still listening. Feel free to submit more ideas. This is in no way an official cast crew. Just ideas submitted by fans.
Vladimir Kulich (middle-aged battle-worn: Varian Wrynn/Arthas/Bolvar Fordragon)
Michele Morrow (Sylvanas)
Mila Jovovich (Tyrande)
Vin Diesel (Thrall)
David Wenham (Arthas)
Liam Neeson (Uther, Cairne or Velen)
Scarlett Johansson (Jaina)
Yvonne Strahovski (Jaina)
John Rhys-Davies (Muradin/King Magni)
Christopher Lee (Medivh/Khadgar)
Ron Perlman (Grom/Garrosh Hellscream)
Ian McKellen (Archmage Antonidas or Terenas)
John Hurt (Uther/King Terenas/Genn Greymane)
Bill Nighy (Tichondrius/Undead Forsaken)
Hugo Weaving (Malfurion/Illidan Twins)
Ralph Fiennes (Malfurion/Illidan Twins)
Sean Bean (Arthas/Mal’Ganis/Kael’Thas)
John Malkovich (Kel’Thuzad)
James Cosmo (Anduin Lothar/Genn Greymane/Tirion)
Jason Momoa (King Varian Wrynn)
Peter Dinklage (Mekkatorque)
Emilia Clarke (Blood Elf/Draenei)
Morgan Freeman (Drek’Thar)
Cillian Murphy (Bloof Elf/Kael’Thas)
Ian Somerhalder (Victor Nefarious)
James Purefoy (Edwin VanCleef)
James Gandolfini (Gazlowe)
Jason Statham (Vol’jin)
Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca) (as Cairne Bloodhoof)
I have been a loyal follower of Legendary Pictures ever since the announcement of the Warcraft film.
I have visited the website often, and witnessed a few layout changes over time — love the new layout by the way.
I followed you on Facebook and Twitter after you created these accounts. Hoping I woud one day see the word “Warcraft” in your updates. Or even see your Facebook page follow the Warcraft facebook page.
We have heard very little about Legendary’s progress with the Warcraft film over the past years. The most recent update was that Sam Raimi had read a short script — and this was a very long time ago.
We, and the millions of fans who wish to watch and cherish your Warcraft film request updates to be seen in your website, twitter and facebook.
Even a photo of Sam Raimi, and everyone involved in the Warcraft film during a meeting would so make fans happy. A tease. A Concept Art. Props photos. Matte painting. Weapons. Anything will do. Updates will make fans not lose hope. It’d be thrilling.
I have heard so very much about the The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) film for a year or longer. Debates on what the main villain might be. Over 5116 news articles. Over 30 production photo updates, countless Facebook / Twitter updates. I have heard so much about that and other films.
When I think about the Warcraft film, I want to feel the same thrill, and feel the assurance that the Warcraft film is a reality, and make me and everyone think: “It’s coming, baby!”.
Hopeful wish echoed by millions of likewise fans.
Medievaldragon the Dreamer
**This Letter has been tweeted to @LegendaryEnt. Retweet to join the undersigned.
The Scream Queen Michele Morrow dubbed so for her acting performances in the horror films genre is known among World of Warcraft fans for her love for the game, but mostly for her untiring desire and resolve to obtain the role of Banshee Queen Lady Sylvanas in the upcoming Legendary Pictures WARCRAFT film directed by Sam Raimi.
I heard Michele Morrow met some Blizzard folks some time ago at BlizzCon 2010, and I have been silently checking her facebook, twitter, and website often for some signs.
Film agents usually suggest actors to get stage combat training, martial arts weapons training, Horse Riding and general weapons training when a particular film audition is in the horizon.
For the role of Lady Sylvanas, Michele Morrow must have all of these skills — which she already has according to her L.A. Casting profile.
Lady Sylvanas was formerly Ranger General of Quel’Thalas, therefore Michele Morrow must take Archery training in the event she auditions for the role. Oh wait, what did I just see in her Facebook? Ain’t that thrilling? Michele Morrow is Archery training!
I am kinda flattered to see two images I fashioned in Photoshop CS4 displayed in her Facebook’s Warcraft gallery. I took a screenshot in-game of Sylvanas, used the lasso tool to cut armor pieces, resized and strapped them on a photo of Michele, and voila. Michele Morrow disguised as Lady Sylvanas. I rushed it in Photoshop for our interview with Michele Morrow last year.
There is a Facebook campaign page titled “Michele Morrow as Lady Sylvanas” with over 2,000 followers who really want Blizzard Entertainment and Sam Raimi to consider Michele Morrow for the role. It’s a phenomena. The WARCRAFT film is still in script stage, and the Scream Queen is getting all sorts of fan support. It seems fans of the Scream Queen actress are even creating freezebees with her photo disguised as Lady Sylvanas to promote the campaign (view photo).
Just recently, Michele Morrow became co-owner of the Foam Weapon League based in California. In this League, fans are encouraged to bring their foam weapons and clash against other players in one on one duels. These are real fights with foam rubber weapons: maces, swords, daggers, etc. Participants wear some fake blood bags attached to vital points of the body. Two broken blood bags means defeat, and the winners earn the glory and acclaim of the audience. Check out their Facebook gallery, and join the Foam Weapon League (FWL) if you have the courage.
Michele Morrow is currently showing off a slo-mo video in YouTube — which is likely going viral — holding a latex Frostmourne sword replica while sporting a defiant pose. Now ain’t that a lovely Lady Sylvanas? Join the “Michele Morrow as Lady Sylvanas” Facebook page. Show your support.
Craigslist TV recently took video of the Foam Weapon League Battle #3 held on March 19th where you can watch Michele Morrow (an FWL owner), and a horde of fans like you battling it out on each other with foam weapons.
GamerLive.TV squared an interview with the new Superman actor Henry Cavill at Wondercon 2011. The Superman: Man of Steel film, by director Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch, Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen), will be on theaters December 2012.
Henry Cavill revealed he plays Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2, and World of Warcraft. However, he confesses he is addicted to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
“GL.TV: What’s your number one video game memory, like your favorite memory growing up?
Cavill: Video game memory? Ugh, that’s a tough one! I think — on the spot — that’s really tough. I couldn’t possibly think of one. I mean, World of Warcraft always sticks on my head, because it’s an addiction.
GL.TV: Are you playing Cataclysm?
Cavill: Cataclysm? Yea, yea. I’m playing. I’m taking a break in the time being, but as soon as I’m getting a chance I’m gonna dive back into it.”
Henry Cavill is currently promoting his upcoming film IMMORTALS. Due to his weapon and fight training for The Tudors and Immortals, currently lifting weights at the gym for the Superman role, his addiction to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and working with Zack Snyder (a director who has developed a few films for Legendary Pictures) — Henry Cavill might be an ideal candidate for the upcoming Warcraft film.
Sucker Punch is in theaters now, apparently not doing so great in the box office with only $19 millions, and a plethora of criticism. Mostly due to the narrative story, and the lack of a logical story.
On the other hand, it has amazing CGI, and battle scenes. Elements all fantasy and sci-fi viewers love in a movie.
Now, you might think — wait, this is a Blizzard fansite, why are we reading about some silly movie titled Sucker Punch?
Sucker Punch is directed by Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen). For those who live under a rock, the Warcraft Film is to be produced by Legendary Pictures. Sucker Punch is their project. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures co-financed Sucker Punch which cost $75 million to produce.
Storywise, Warcraft shouldn’t suffer the story issues surrounding Sucker Punch. Blizzard VP of Creative Design, Chris Metzen, is on the driver seat when it comes to the film’s storyline script. As with anything developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the story script has to be as perfect and quality polished as possible before Sam Raimi and Robert Rodat get the cameras rolling.
Instead of criticizing Sucker Punch’s lunacy of a script, let’s see how Legendary Pictures and Zack Snyder wrap the fantasy and sci-fi scenery around the story.
A glimpse into the movie trailer gives you an overall idea of what to expect in Sucker Punch. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, the trailer will help you fill in the blanks. It is action packed with battle scenes, destruction and mayhem. Epic visual input from Fantasy scene to Sci-Fi scene, back and forth — lacking a coherent story or sense.
The Warcraft film won’t be your Lord of the Rings quest-like type of movie. It will be mostly an Alliance versus the Horde epic battle with a story tapestry to give it the World of Warcraft flavor and shape.
Sadly, Zack Snyder and the “300″ element ain’t behind the Warcraft film; but we have Director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead), Screenplayer Rober Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), Producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Executive Producer Robert Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess, The Evil Dead, Timecop), and Chris Metzen to take the challenge not only of taking up the heavy-weight of recreating all the races, characters and vivid locations of Azeroth, and shatter all the expectations fans have built up over six years; but to actually reign supreme in the box office.
Sucker Punch and other recent pop culture movies have really gotten a beat up from critics, and a world of hurt at the box office when compared to other current competitors. Hopefully, we’ll see the Warcraft film surpass all these obstacles.
Some of the reviews I have read so far (some might have spoilers, though they are kind to label it so if there’s any):
In past months, Mila Kunis has teased at the Jimmy Kimmel Show and MTV her deep interest in landing a role in the upcoming World of Warcraft film.
It seems Mila Kunis’ wishes are closer than ever to turning into reality with the wave of a magic wand — pun intended.
The internet is abuzz with the word that Sam Raimi is in discussions with Mila Kunis to land a role as the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz the Great and Powerful. That’s epic. Sam Raimi is the director of the World of Warcraft film.
Devin Faraci from Badass Digest recently chatted with Duncan Jones, director of Moon (2009) and Sourcecode (2011). Duncan admitted to be a hardcore gamer and commented he is jealous of Sam Raimi, the director of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft film — who recently signed in to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The Moon director expressed an interest in directing an adaptation of World of Warcraft.
“I’m hugely jealous of Sam Raimi,” Jones told me. “I really believe World of Warcraft could be the launch of computer games as good films. And from the little I’ve read of interviews with him the way he’s approaching it makes so much sense. It’s what I was talking about – it’s not worrying about how the game plays, it’s about creating the world of the game and investing the audience in that world.”
It’s unlikely for Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment to dismiss Sam Raimi. However, not long ago Sam Raimi departed the Spiderman 4 production, and Sony made the bold decision to reboot the franchise.
Not everything is set in stone when it comes to film productions, and Duncan Jones seems to be eager to be noticed.
Mila Kunis said during a video interview with MTV News that she deleted World of Warcraft from her laptop to keep her addiction to the MMO under control while on the road.
Her World of Warcraft account is still open, and she can play the game at home whenever she wishes, but for traveling purposes she will rather focus on her career commitments. A little bit of self-control ain’t that bad.
The host, Josh Horowitz, asked Mila Kunis if she would join the cast of Legendary Pictures’ World of Warcraft film. She is totally into that.
“Hell yeah! I would do it, of all things,” she exclaimed and then addressed what type of role she’d want. “I don’t know if I would want to be a big character in it,” she said. “But I would totally want to run around as a little mage. Like a kick-ass mage. With pigtails? Mmmmm… Awesome!”
Along with Mila Kunis, there are other celebrities who have pointed out in public their interest in joining the cast of the upcoming World of Warcraft film: Adrianne Curry, Brandon Routhe, and Michelle Morrow. (links to our interviews with the actors attached)