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Warcraft Movie to Arrive December 2015

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Filming on the Warcraft movie begins in January.

Blizzard's official World of Warcraft Twitter account reports that Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have set a definitive street date for the highly-anticipated Warcraft movie: December 18, 2015. This should fit nicely outside the 2015 summer blockbuster marathon that supposedly includes Star Wars Episode VII, Batman Vs. Superman, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the rebooted Fantastic Four.

December is the same time slot previously used by many Harry Potter films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the most recent The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Slated to arrive this December 13 is the latter film's second installment, The Desolation of Smaug. That said, the December release window typically plays well with fantasy-based movies, whereas the more action-packed offerings are highly popular during the summer.

The Warcraft movie has been in development since 2005. Directing the film is Duncan Jones, AKA Duncan Zowie Hollywood Jones, the son of musician David Bowie and Mary Angela Barnett. He graduated as a director from the London Film School and went on to direct 2009's Moon and 2011's Source Code.

Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will reportedly be producing the film for Legendary while Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will be producing for Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment. Serving as executive producer will be Stuart Fenegan while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

"The opportunity to do something like Warcraft is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You hope that you're going to get the chance to make films where you really get to delve into fantasy," Jones said during San Diego Comic-Con in July. "And with Warcraft, I actually get to create a world and there's not that many filmmakers who get the chance to start from scratch and build something that big. I know how lucky I am and I am so excited to do it."

A lot has changed over the years regarding the production crew including writers (Metzen, Robert Rodat), directors (Uwe Boll, Sam Raimi) and the film's budget ($100M+, $220M). The last we heard, Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) said that he could no longer be associated with the project due to Oz: The Great and Powerful. He claimed that Blizzard "mismanaged" the film.

Unfortunately, the Warcraft storyline is still unclear. In 2007, Metzen said it would be a current, "familiar one" from the MMORPG but altered for "film continuity." It would be seen from an Alliance perspective with the protagonist portrayed as a "kick ass human character." However, the project is reportedly sticking with a script written by Charles Leavitt (K-PAX, Blood Diamond), which is supposedly based around the Warcraft novel, The Last Guardian.

Filming will begin on January 13, 2014. Colin Farrell is rumored to be taking the leading role along with Mission Impossible's Paula Patton and Star Trek's Anton Yelchin. Looper's Paul Dano, Vikings' Travis Fimmel, and Hell on Wheels' Anson Mount may also be candidates.

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    southernshark , October 2, 2013 8:54 PM
    Hopefully it will focus on the life of an orc laborer who chops wood and often remarks "Zug Zug"u
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    lpedraja2002 , October 2, 2013 7:48 PM
    I'm pretty excited that Duncan Jones is directing this, moon is among the top of the best sci-fi films ever made and source code was pretty good. I'm kind of worried about him handling such a big project, the budget is almost on Avatar level and I don't know if he will have the experience needed to handle such a big thing.
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    fandroid , October 2, 2013 8:35 PM
    Snorecraft
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  • 10 Hide
    southernshark , October 2, 2013 8:54 PM
    Hopefully it will focus on the life of an orc laborer who chops wood and often remarks "Zug Zug"u
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    vmem , October 2, 2013 8:56 PM
    I want to say:

    TROLOLOLOLOLOL
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    dimar , October 2, 2013 8:57 PM
    I'd prefer if it was an original story. I already read The Last Guardian. I want something new!!!!!!!!
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    SteelCity1981 , October 2, 2013 9:05 PM
    another game turned movie turned to garbage. DOOM anyone?
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    nevilence , October 2, 2013 9:34 PM
    good god, doom was one of the worst movies ever
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    jankeke , October 2, 2013 10:26 PM
    Not all movies based on a game are crap ! Think of .... uh ... or maybe .... eeerr ....
    Well never mind.

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    Teeroy32 , October 2, 2013 10:29 PM
    Am I seriously he only person in exsistence that like Doom, it was a trashy action film but I grew up on staple diet of Bronson, Stallone and Norris. It is miles ahead of Twilight lol
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    nevilence , October 2, 2013 10:39 PM
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    Not all movies based on a game are crap ! Think of .... uh ... or maybe .... eeerr ....
    Well never mind.



    final fantasy 7: advent children?
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    Jonathan Marsh , October 2, 2013 11:03 PM
    "human protagonist" ... not going to watch this movie.

    Why not CGI? Check out the intro movies for Warhammer 40K Dawn of War, Warhammer Mark of Chaos, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, or just about any other MMO. They are amazing.

    Urgh, and Star Wars ... no Truce of Bukara? No Courtship of Princess Leia? No Thrawn? HA! Let's make a kids movie. It better be all shiny like 1, 2 and 3, and have a character so annoying and stupid that only 4 year olds find interesting.
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    Novuake , October 2, 2013 11:14 PM
    Warcraft 3 played well and had some of the best plot in the Warcraft Universe. A very epic story or even series could be made from just War3 content.

    As in LORD OF THE RINGS kind of epic, or damn near close to it...

    Holding serious thumbs for a good one here.
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    cats_Paw , October 3, 2013 1:25 AM
    "The opportunity to do something like Warcraft is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.{...} - You got that right, cus if you screw up, noone will want to watch another movie you make in the fantasy world.
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    Novuake , October 3, 2013 3:50 AM
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    "human protagonist" ... not going to watch this movie.

    Why not CGI? Check out the intro movies for Warhammer 40K Dawn of War, Warhammer Mark of Chaos, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, or just about any other MMO. They are amazing.

    Urgh, and Star Wars ... no Truce of Bukara? No Courtship of Princess Leia? No Thrawn? HA! Let's make a kids movie. It better be all shiny like 1, 2 and 3, and have a character so annoying and stupid that only 4 year olds find interesting.


    This human may well be Arthas Menethil... protagonist of warcraft 3 ? Did you not play the game because of that ? I really hope they don't have silly idea other than retelling his story.


    +1... Since his story was the most compelling in the game.
    But then again, Illidan's story could be very interesting too... As in BEFORE his release.
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    spentshells , October 3, 2013 4:27 AM
    I'd rather see a warhammer movie but I will watch this movie anyway.
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    Murissokah , October 3, 2013 4:36 AM
    I don't care much for this movie, though I still hope Uwe Boll doesn't touch it. No game deserves a movie directed by that guy.
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    fstarnella , October 3, 2013 5:25 AM
    Colin Farrell is the lead actor. That means automatic suckage.
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    fstarnella , October 3, 2013 6:10 AM
    Colin Farrell is the lead actor. That means automatic suckage.
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    fimbulvinter , October 3, 2013 6:48 AM
    This is going to be so bad.
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    1991ATServerTower , October 3, 2013 7:54 AM
    Making a movie out of the WoTLK story line would make for a popular movie. Lots of great characters, drama, and motivations in it. That said, this franchise needs a huge blast of great story telling, because the last two expansions stunk.
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