Everyone knows that movie adaptations of video games suck, right (*cough* Super Mario Bros. *cough*)? Well, that’s not stopping Universal and Legendary Pictures from releasing a movie based on the world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft.
The film, which will simply be titled, Warcraft, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon), and written by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, K-PAX). It will be based on the MMO World of Warcraft and also the classic RTS games in the Warcraft series. Legendary and Universal Pictures have set the release date for December 18th, 2015.
The film will follow the perspective of the Alliance, with a human protagonist. It is set to begin principal photography in early 2014, and as of now, no actors have been confirmed to star. However, Paula Patton and Colin Farrell have been heavily rumored. Warcraft will be one of three video game adaptations in 2015 alongside the Assassin’s Creed and Ratchet and Clank films.
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, a very short visual teaser trailer was introduced by Duncan Jones. The teaser was not released to the public, but here is a brief description:
A view of a desolate, dry landscape full of rocky outcroppings that pans to a scruffy, armored human soldier drinking water from a leather skin. A cage with rocks in it is shown followed by a squeaking noise as a green tinged sky is shown with dark clouds and green lightning. The waterskin is tossed to the ground and the soldier draws his sword with a sound of metal ringing off metal. The human walks over to the skeleton a fallen soldier and picks up the soldier’s shield. He smashes his sword on the shield, apparently testing it. Cut to the muscled green arm (likely of an orc) of a creature heading toward the soldier. They circle each other with flashes of green skin and some armor as they charge each other. An extreme closeup of the orc as it raises its hammer and brings it down as the human raises his shield. Cut to black. A Warcraft logo. And then the Blizzard Entertainment logo.
So what do you think of the Warcraft movie? Could it be the first truly successful video game film? Or will it fall flat like most others? Let us know in the comments below!