‘Warcraft’ Comic-Con 2014 Trailer Description

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The Warcraft movie adaptation has already completed principal photography, but there’s still a ton of visual effects work that needs to be done – in order to bring the movie’s fantastical world and characters to life.

That means the film won’t be ready for a theatrical release for some time (it’s currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2016), but that didn’t prevent director Duncan Jones from showing new material at the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego. A Warcraft conceptual teaser premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con back in 2013. However, for this year’s Legendary Pictures Panel, Jones brought something a little more substantial, to show the thousands-strong crowd in Hall H.

First, Jones talked a bit about the narrative for Warcraft, saying it’ll be an origin story that addresses how war breaks out between orcs and humans on the world of Azeroth. He also mentioned that he’s designed the film to be accessible to a wider audience – having personally rewritten the earlier script draft by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) – thus, opening the property up to moviegoers unfamiliar with the brand, similar to the approach on past fantasy series such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. That explains the reasoning behind having the film adaptation draw inspiration from the earlier game installments in the Warcraft franchise.

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The Warcraft teaser that followed was narrated by both a human and an Orc from the film (each seemed to be reading from their war diaries), indicating that the movie will very much examine what leads to the conflict between the two races from both of their perspectives (think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Most of the footage was focused on depicting the various environments and landscapes of Azeroth, there was also some material teasing actual battle sequences involving the two clans.

As for the CGI Orcs in the film – they’re clearly far from being finished in the teaser footage, so it remains to be seen how good (read: photo-realistic) their physical design will ultimately be – once they’ve been fully-rendered, that is.

Warcraft opens in U.S. theaters on March 11th, 2016.

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  1. “He also mentioned that he’s designed the film to be accessible to a wider audience”

    This makes no sense at all. Did LotR have to do this? Harry Potter? James Bond? The list goes on.

    Just because it is an established story does not mean it has to be changed. I don’t understand why this would have to be done. Especially if they are starting at the beginning….

    • Lord of the rings definitely did this

      • Shortening a story or cutting parts does not make it more accessible to a wider audience.

        What did LotR do to make it more accessible (I read change/dumb down) to a wider audience?

        • They made several story changes (sometimes greatly altering characters) to add tension to a story that was already plenty tense story(Aragorn falls off a cliff and everyone thinks he’s dead; Faramir kidnaps Frodo and Sam and wants to take them to Gondor; Gollum turns Frodo against Sam; the Eye of Sauron actually spies Frodo for a second; when Gollumn falls into the fires of Mt. Doom, Frodo also falls is hanging by one hand for a while). Now, some of these changings were entertaining and good for laughs, but they also robbed the story of any subtly and made it conform to modern popcorn movie cliches.

          • (I had to split up my comment because the site thought my comment was span, so this next bit was actually supposed to come before the comment above): they devote much more time to Aragorn and Arwen’s romance than in the book. They made Aragorn not decide to become king till the third movie, and when he does he’s primarily motivated by some lame nonsense about Arwen’s fate becoming tied to the fate of Middle Earth. A lot of the time Gimli is nothing but a one-note joke. They throw in fart (only once, admittedly) and pothead humor. They turn Denethor into an over-the-top psycho instead of the noble but tragically flawed character he was in the book. They throw in way-over-the-top action sequences like Legolas taking out a whole oliphant crew by himself.

            • I took most of that in keeping to movies short. I mean you cant show everything but need to hint/cover it. It (IMO) wasn’t changed to be accessible to a wider audience. It was changed for time constraints.

              As for the Warcraft ‘origin’ it is not really that difficult. While I don’t see them going down every path how do you make changes to a story to be accessible to a wider audience if the story itself is fairly simple?

    • I guess it’s because Warcraft still has a stigma attached to it as far as people who don’t play it (which would be the majority of the world’s population) because not only is it a nerdy project, it’s also one based on videogames (a videogame series that even most gamers tend to be negative about).

      Pretty sure LOTR was marketed here in the UK based more on its visuals than anything else, then when it gained popularity and credibility, it became less of a “nerds only” thing and more widely accepted.

      Should it be that way? Nope but I guess that’s what they’ve already decided to do here.

  2. Will this trailer be posted?

  3. Ugh when are they going to release all this stuff. Some people couldn’t attend the Comic Con and really want to see what’s gone down. Fail Con is Fail!

  4. They can’t take videos if stuff at comic con or else security hauls them out.

    “Cgi orcs who clearly weren’t finished”…you sure? You know how studios like to half ass on video game movies.

  5. I know next to nothing about Warcraft,but since Legendary Pictures is behind it,I will certainly be plunking down my $13 or $14 to give a chance and see it,so far Legendary has’nt disappointed me yet. I hope to be in for a nice surprise.

  6. *to give IT a chance*

  7. The human was Lothar and the orc was Durotan ^-^

    • And it shouldn’t be. Durotan was never part of the initial invasion, which this movie is most likely going to be about. Whether it’s for new audiences or old, they should make it a trilogy, just like LOTR, and tell the story proper.