Writer/director Duncan Jones, whose work on such cult hit science-fiction movies as Moon and Source Code in the past has cemented his status as a premiere independent filmmaker of the twenty-first century, is currently hard at work on his first big budget motion picture franchise film, Warcraft. The new movie, which is set to explore the primary war of myth and fantasy held between the humans and the orcs of Blizzard Entertainment’s popular video game series of the same name, has already seen the release of its first feature length trailer – with the potential added incentive that Blizzard will make the World of Warcraft game available for free (and its related expansion packs) to any viewers who see Warcraft in theaters.
Legendary Pictures, which will be producing the new movie alongside video game developer Blizzard, would be in for a rude awakening if the movie fails to attract general moviegoers attention – that is, beyond the core Warcraft fanbase. However, any outstanding viewer doubts hasn’t curbed Jones’ enthusiasm as evidenced by his latest outpouring of posts on Twitter.
In the series of behind-the-scenes images for the Warcraft movie featured exclusively on Jones’ personal Twitter account, the director has teased fans of the original video game property with several images of the production’s recreation of Stormwind, alongside one particular easter egg set decoration included for longtime player’s of the film’s cinematically depicted world. The pictures included certainly hint at the grandiosity of Azeroth as Jones and his team have been able to recreate it, with Stormwind standing front and center throughout this latest batch of behind-the-scenes material.
You can check out the various Warcraft production images that Jones have revealed online, below:
And an overhead of Stormwind Keep's "Throne Room" temporarily set up for a meeting. pic.twitter.com/AyVWMzMEe7— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) March 3, 2016
Hanging out in Stormwind keep's throne room... pic.twitter.com/Kr8JI2PJUp— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) March 3, 2016
Despite the obvious amount of investment in the film’s production behind-the-scenes, and with the unveiling of a subsequent TV spot intent on selling the film to fans of other fantasy epics of its ilk, there is not a whole lot revealed in these Warcraft production images that serves to build upon the previous (and more official) marketing for the video game adaptation. It’s always heartening to hear that a film’s director is enthusiastic about what they are working on, but for now there is little for general audiences to go on beyond the Warcraft footage unveiled to date.
In due time, viewers can decide for themselves whether or not Warcraft is worth the price of admission, and longtime players of the original Blizzard MMORPG can declare if Jones has delivered an adaptation worthy of the franchise. With any luck, Jones and company will deliver a fantasy epic successor to such fantasy hits as Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and in turn win some new fans to its supported gaming content.
Here is the official synopsis for Warcraft:
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.
Warcraft will open in U.S. theaters on on June 10th, 2016.
Source: Duncan Jones