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Duncan Jones talks about Warcraft and the possibility of it being a franchise…

January 7th, 2015 by Marc Comments


As big fans of Moon and Source Code we’re very interested to see what director Duncan Jones does with his adaptation of the online game World of Warcraft  at Legendary, In fact, we’re pretty excited about it.

Talking with Chinese news site MTime, the director was keen to talk about the balance of the movie: “A Warcraft film should not be about a good race of humans battling an evil race of orcs!  Warcraft should be about heroes on both sides trying to avoid a conflict, when villains leave them no choice.”

He stresses how important it is that those unfamiliar with the game/story can get into the movie: “From the moment I first talked to Blizzard, the plan was to start our film with the first time Orcs met Humans.  First contact!  I think that for a world with so much newness to explain, this was a wise choice, especially when so many people in our audience may not know anything about Warcraft… it was important that some of our characters would be seeing the world fresh as well, and that the audience could see the situation through their eyes.”

Looking at Lord of the Rings, the director sees this being the start of somethng much bigger: “Peter Jackson did a magnificent job of ‘setting the table’ for Tolkein’s universe with his first Lord of the Rings film.  I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by! Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more!  There is certainly plenty more to tell!  …I would love to be part of that process of expanding on the lore that makes up Warcraft, but it will all depend on what you, the audience, think of our first film!”

Obviously it’s early days, but do you think you’d want a Warcraft franchise? Let us know…

Directed by Duncan Jones with a script by Charles Leavitt rewritten by Jones, the story of the film will center on Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original RTS games. The movie will also be focused largely in the Eastern Kingdoms of Azeroth.

The movie stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor), and Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim).

Warcraft will hit theaters on March 11, 2016.

Source: Darkhorizons

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….