Video game adaptations have an unfortunate history of failure, but that doesn’t seem to phase video game giant Activision Blizzard. Hot on the heels of the first trailer for their adaptation of Warcraft (directed by Duncan Jones), the company announced development on its own feature film and television production studio, Activision Blizzard Studios, which may produce adaptations of video games like Call of Duty and Skylanders.
But first, Warcraft hits theaters in the summer of next year, and everyone is hoping that the film will break the video game movie curse. Activation Blizzard and Universal Studios seem to have confidence in the film given the strong marketing campaign this early before its release, including a trailer, merchandise, posters, and now some fresh footage of the orcs and humans getting ready for battle.
Universal has now released the first Warcraft TV spot, which features several pieces of new footage. Check it out above, and if you haven’t seen the first trailer yet, you should do so right now.
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.
Warcraft‘s cast includes Dominic Cooper, Travis Fimmel and Ben Foster on the side of the humans, with Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell and Daniel Wu playing orcs. Paul Patton also stars as Garona, a half-orc half-draenei (blood elf), while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Ruth Negga plays Lady Taria.
This film has all the ingredients to be a smash success alongside fantasy epics like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. The visuals certainly push the boundaries of visual effects, much like Avatar did. The immense popularity of the games also bodes well for the success of this film, but we’ll have to wait and see if Warcraft performs at the box office or becomes the latest in a string of disappointments for video game adaptations.
Warcraft opens in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016.