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Possible Details About the WARCRAFT Film, Focusing on Events Before World of Warcraft

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Two weeks ago at Comic Con Warner Bros. released a brief but exciting “tone” trailer for Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft.  There was nothing in the way of story, but is was meant to give the audience an idea of what to expect, and the crowd was enthused at his take.  Filming is set to begin early next year, and now some more details may have emerged about what Jones has in store.  According to Bleeding Cool, Jones’ movie is unapologetically a “full-blooded fantasy” movie in the vein of John Milius‘ Conan the Barbarian and The Lord of the Rings.  What surprised me the most though was that it would would focus on events before the world wide phenomenon World of Warcraft. While the move is unexpected, I am even more excited for this film now, as I am a lore-whore when it comes to the Warcraft universe.

Sources tell Bleeding Cool that the main character is “Khadgar, a young consul to the Kirin Tor senate, medivhrulers of the city of Dalaran.” So already, my juices are flowing, I am a huge fan of Khadgar’s mentor Medihv, who will also appear in the film.  Medivh is famous in the Warcraft universe for opening the Dark Portal, occupying the tower of Karazhan, and warning the people of Azeroth to the coming of the Scourge.  Yeah, I’m a geek.  Bleeding Cool describes Medivh as “Not quite Gandalf meets Captain Jack Sparrow, he’s actually a more morally complex character than will be at first revealed. Expect him to be a scene stealer, too.”

Medivh’s enemy is Lothar, “The Lion of Azeroth, leader of the King’s Army.”  BC says that they could see Dwayne Johnson in the role, but that a less burly actor like Mark Strong could still “carry just the right amount of pride and gravity.”  As for the other major human roles, there’s the King and his Lady in supporting parts.

Of course, no one is going to see a Warcraft movie just for the humans.  They want the orcs and other fantasy races.  BC reports that there are plenty of orcs, and “their story will be intimately entwined with that of Medivh.”  Fans can also expect to see dwarves, trolls, elves, revenants, and wraiths.

So this is going to be a die-hard fantasy with magic, prophecies, and powerful people. The question remains, will this resinate with movie goers.  Warcraft is a powerful brand, but even if everyone who ever played a Warcraft game saw this movie… it would still be hard pressed to label it a blockbuster.  Fantasy is hard to sell to all quadrants, but as a former Warcraft addict, and fan of the genre I hope that this film goes HUGE!!!   Seventh Son will be a nice glimpse to see if people are still into magic and fantastical worlds.  The buzz has been mostly positive, but we’ve seen past films go down in flames after positive buzz.

What do you think?  Is fantasy a bankable franchise in today’s film market?  My heart wants to scream yes, but my brain says otherwise.

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    • Randy

      What about gnomes? Don’t leave out the gnomes!

    • I feel like they are about 3 years to late to the party with this…

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