Warcraft movie finishes shooting three weeks from now -- "Holy shnikey," director says

Filming coming to a close in June; movie expected in theaters in early 2016.

The upcoming Warcraft movie doesn't come to theaters until March 2016, but the production crew is expected to finishing filming in just three weeks, director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has revealed.

"For those counting down with me, we're done shooting Warcraft in three weeks as of tomorrow! Holy shnikey…," Jones said on Twitter today. Filming began earlier this year.

Of course, filming isn't the only component of making a movie, especially a movie like Warcraft, which we expect to have a significant CG component. Acclaimed Star Wars effects studio Industrial Light & Magic is working on the CG components of the movie, like the Orcs.

Unfortunately for fans, the only glimpse of the Warcraft movie seen so far is a mood piece and one image from the Stormwind throne room. The Legendary Pictures-produced movie was expected to debut on December 18, 2015, but it was delayed after Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would also premiere on that date. It was probably the right move, we'd have to say.

The Warcraft movie will tell a Humans vs. Orcs origin story, specifically the battle between Durotan and Lothar. The movie will be a mix of live-action and CG, with an overall goal of coming across as "Avatar meets Game of Thrones."

The next World of Warcraft expansion is Warlords of Draenor, which introduces seven new zones and raises the level cap to 100. In other World of Warcraft news, the third episode in the Azeroth Choppers web series is now live. The video series follows acclaimed custom-bike designer Paul Jr. and his team as they create two real-world bikes, one for the Horde and the other for the Alliance. Fans will get to vote on which bike is ultimately recreated in the game.

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Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Why the mix? It's dumb. It was supposed to be CG only. 

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

I always read articles about movies being made after games.. but i never see any so whats the deal?

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's a been a long time coming and more than a year before we get to see the result, but it's good to hear that they're almost done shooting it.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

a year worth of cgi program.  wow.  No practical sets?

Bhemont
Bhemont

"Are you out of your MIND Arthas?"


"You lied to your men, and then killed the mercenaries that worked for you!"  


But seriously, aren't most people done with this franchise already?  This movie was rumored years ago, and well still 2 more years until it will be released.  *YawnWorthy*

dani_i89
dani_i89

@Bhemont Would be a great time to release Warcraft 4....probably about a year before the movies release.

loudangryjerk
loudangryjerk

am I the only one to whom this gives pause? I mean I realize its mostly a green screen production but still...

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

Leeroy Jenkins better be in this, or i'm gonna sue

Bhemont
Bhemont

@bongsyas_23  He made appearance in Dark Souls, sort of, should sue them while at it! Sue everything, sue me for whatever reasons, sue the world, sue yourself for suing! 

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

A have a friend who works on the production. What I hear sounds pretty cool.

I hope it it'll be good, we'll see.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Well, Warcraft is beyond saving at this point, but at least they're telling this story from the Origin. It's still a long time from now though, so it'll probably be forgotten until shortly before release.

nerdman67
nerdman67

@gamingnerd121  Not quite sure what youre talking about. I have been hearing from people who work at Blizzard that subs are going up

loudangryjerk
loudangryjerk

@nerdman67 @gamingnerd121  dont know who youre talking to but, according to their last few press statements theyre not going up or down. they fluctuate from week to week, just never by much.


that being said I'm pretty sure he was talking about the movie. 

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

I like how they focus on origin story and not on WoWs story. I loved Warcraft RTS series

gajbutler
gajbutler

Gonna be so bad, Blizzard aren't known for compelling story.

Sanligo
Sanligo

@gajbutler  WoW isn't the only Warcraft game. Or even the best. Just the best-selling.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@TacoTuesdays @gajbutlerBlizzard use to be half-way decent on telling a story. But as of lately its been pretty terrible. Look at Diablo 3, or the story in CATA and MoP have been mediocre at best. Luckily the movie is basing itself on more of an Orgin's story.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@gajbutler It doesn't need to have a compelling story, there are lots of other reasons why this movie could be entertaining.

AceDymond
AceDymond

Durotan vs Lothar???

Is that a type-o in the article (maybe supposed to be Doomhammer vs Lothar?) or are they reworking the backstory to bring those two into contact?

Not saying that would automatically be a bad thing, as long as they made the story interesting... but I'm already pretty damn skeptical about this turning out to be one big hot mess.

tribeofasher
tribeofasher

As much as I want to laugh my ass off at the thought of a Warcraft movie, I have to admit that I'll watch it... after it releases on blu-ray.


Loved WoW vanilla and Warcraft 2 and 3... a lot. But a movie? We'll see...

loudangryjerk
loudangryjerk

@tribeofasher  i'm sorry but if you think vanilla is better than wrath or even burning crusade, your opinion isnt valid.


tribeofasher
tribeofasher

@loudangryjerk The fact that you say somebody's opinion isn't valid reveals your lesser intelligence. I like vanilla more. What do you think about that? LOL

Barighm
Barighm

I still think a story focusing on Arthas would have been better.

Argle
Argle

I'll see this movie.  By which I mean I will just stream it on my computer

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Wow, I know editing is a long process, but does it usually take two years to reach a screen...?

Barighm
Barighm

@nl_skipper It's the CG stuff. Now they need someone to animate all that CG and that's gonna take some time.

Link3301
Link3301

Plus they need to figure out which scenes make the final cut, get a rating, show it to reviewers, make trailers, etc.

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

How about Blizzard make a NEW IDEA!!!  SO sick of milking the hell out of warcraft

Kos1c
Kos1c

@Godly_Kongming Yeah, let a great story driving series not continue through movie....
I would expect you to be more sick of other companies milking the hell out of shit ideas. 

Need for speed movie?

Another Resident Evil movie....

Fast and the furious movie # 1028487287

Angry Birds....


If you're going to bitch about something, you might as well bitch about something worth bitching about.

Poodger
Poodger

@Godly_Kongming How about people stop complaining all the time about new ideas. I would be so sick of the industry if everything was a brand new IP all the damn time. I like to see worlds change and grow, I like to see living worlds and living stories with characters and places revisited in later games.

Barighm
Barighm

@Poodger @Godly_KongmingA good trilogy is certainly more welcome than one good movie. I like to see a world given proper time to flourish, but once that time has passed, it's time to move on.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I'll go watch it. I have seen plenty of bad movies at the theater before, like the last Robocop, what's the harm in watching one more? Hopefully it's a good movie, it could happen!

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Guessing there's going to be a lot of SFX in this film???... Wouldn't be surprised anyway... Keeping me eye open on this

thorshammer9944
thorshammer9944

lulz its going to take 1.5 years ish to do cgi and editing? on what will still probably flop? seems like alot of effort for nothing.

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

@thorshammer9944The Lord of the Rings flicks were shot in 1999, and the first one didn't come out until the end of 2001.  Your point?

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

I love reading all the responses from the psychics in here, claiming how bad it's going to suck....  We all know 95% of all video game flicks have been awful adaptations.  That's been the norm.  But that also doesn't mean every single one is going to be a trainwreck.  How hard is it to just wait and see before placing judgment?

And for folks going "WHA?!  THEY'RE ALREADY DONE SHOOTING, AND IT'S TWO YEARS AWAY?!"

Obviously, they have no idea how principle photography works.  For heavy CGI flicks, the live action parts and motion-capture bits are always done first, and are often the shortest portion of filmmaking.  The CG portion can take up to three times longer, especially if they're putting an awful lot of detail into it.


This isn't being directed by Uwe Boll, Paul WS Anderson, or even M. Night Shyamalan...  It's being directed by Duncan Jones, who is a much more talented and competent filmmaker.  The only thing that can drag this film down, really, is the script.  Remember Silent Hill?  Fantastically shot and directed, but the writing was god-awful.

I say we have a 50/50 shot with this.  I know better than to be gleefully optimistic since video game movies have abysmal track records, but instead of being an ignorant prick by trolling the forums like many of you in here, I'm going to wait and see how the final product looks before chastising it.

beuneus12
beuneus12

@Xirtahm  we're all going to wait and see. past experience however doesn't get my hopes up.


maybe if it's not PG-13 and has a 'the hobbit' style feel to it , it might have a chance

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

@beuneus12 @XirtahmI agree completely on being skeptic.  I'm extremely skeptic myself, but mostly because this movie is about 8 years too late.  But when Jones said he wanted to adapt the older RTS games, and not the MMO, a part of me is still curious.

Yes, chances are not in its favor, but part of me still hopes to see that one DECENT video game adaptation done right.

ioshilee
ioshilee

@Xirtahm @beuneus12  We are talking about Blizzard here, guys, and they would shove a bad scrip to the sript writers arse :) So I think this film will be good :)

Kos1c
Kos1c

@Xirtahm To be honest, this would be one company, and one title I'd have hope for, being one of those video games to movies that could work.
Hopefully, Blizzard have given a strong enough storyline for the movie, and haven't let the director go off track and make up some bullshit movie on the way. Look at Resident Evil, that never stood a chance from the first film. It tried to make peace with RE2, but they went off the rails and added more Hollywood crap to it, and now it's forever lost.


But with a strong storyline, a old fashion, fantasy movie (look at Lord of the Rings setting), this could easily do well if it's not complex, and doesn't rely on you knowing the Warcraft game series.

Argle
Argle

@beuneus12 @ioshilee @Xirtahm  yeeeh I'd wager that the writers that did Diablo 2, Brood War, and Warcraft 3 are mostly gone.  Writing for SC2 and D3 was terrible

beuneus12
beuneus12

i feel an avatar the last airbender coming up

unreal101
unreal101

I'll go see it if it has one thing:


"LEEEEEEROOYYYYY....... JEEEEENKINS!!!!"


"Goddamn it, Leroy....."