Warcraft movie finishes shooting

Four-month shoot comes to a close ahead of theatrical debut in March 2016.

Shooting for the upcoming Warcraft movie from Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, and director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has wrapped up. Jones announced the news on Twitter today. The Wrap reports that the shoot was 123 days long.

Warcraft hits theaters on March 11, 2016, but the movie is not "done" yet. Principal photography is just one stage in the movie-making process. The film will still requires post-production work, which for a fantasy-heavy movie like Warcraft, is expected to be significant. Award-winning Star Wars effects studio Industrial Light & Magic is leading post-production efforts, helping bring the Orcs to life.

Legendary and Blizzard are keeping details about the Warcraft movie largely under wraps. No trailers for the movie have been released, and all we've seen so far is one image from the set. The story focuses on the origins of the battle between Orcs and Humans, and we might get to finally see the movie in action at Comic-Con in July. The movie will be a mix of live-action and CG, with an overall goal of coming across as "Avatar meets Game of Thrones."

According to Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull, the Warcraft movie is not just for fans of the game. It will have "big, universal themes" that should appeal to a broader audience, he says. The next expansion for World of Warcraft is Warlords of Draenor, which will be available later this year on PC.

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88 comments
arsy130
arsy130

I think this movie will be based on warcraft orcs & humans. Then they will move on from there. If they do that they can make as many as Star Wars.

gta5onlinefunny
gta5onlinefunny

I read on other article,that wow movie will be completed around 2016...

TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

wait.... WoW is going to be around still in 2016..... nooooooo

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

I would of rather seen a movie taken place in the Elder Scrolls universe.

grin89
grin89

but are there pandas?

Wladxq
Wladxq

is Medivh featured?

jimboa30
jimboa30

I love how everyone is predicting that this will be a flop and will be terrible long before they see ANYTHING from the finished work. We don't even have an official synopsis yet. But nooooo, because it's a Warcraft movie, that automatically means it's gonna suck! Newsflash: ANYTHING can be made into a good movie, if done properly. So how about we see a trailer at least before you guys all start trashing it? Unless you guys like the taste of your feet...

Scarshi
Scarshi

I'd love to put this movie down, like so many before me.

But I won't.

I'd rather be happily disappointed being wrong.

At least its not another bloody reboot.

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

"should appeal to a broader audience"...that rarely a good thing, I would rather they said "hard core fans will love it". But to each his own, I suppose.

strangelove_1
strangelove_1

Another B-rate cash grab with 98% CGI and 2% story, pass

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

lol even the lowest wow noobs on the planet are rolling their eyes at this film. 

Cant wait to skip it.

barleybosh
barleybosh

They better have bruce willis and pistols in this movie or i'm not watching it

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

One more movie riddled with epic CGI battles. *Yawn*

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

I don't know much about World of Warcraft, but I loved Moon and Source Code. I'm definitely looking forward to this. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

Brace yourself, bad movies are coming.

Gunface1011
Gunface1011

I see lots of people talking about 123 days to make a movie being short. 123 days to shoot a movie is A LONG TIME. For perspective, smaller movies, like Clerks 2, or any movie that doesn't rely on CG (Which means very little post production work) Take like two weeks to a month to shoot. 123 days is a lot for Hollywood. You assume that when a movie is announced 4 years before that they spend the entire 4 years shooting. That's crazy, it's at most a few months shooting and then HEAVY post production work. And keep in mind that it took Peter Jackson 266 days to shoot THREE Hobbit movies, which is about 88 per movie.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

i'll wait for it on Netflix.... yeah

vadagar1
vadagar1

well lord of the rings trilogy took 4 months to make too

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

Anyone that doesn't want to see the Lich King and Illidan on the big screen someday please exit now ...

jumpchump
jumpchump

So this movie is going to take about 4 years to make, total. Of that time, only 4 months worth of the footage has any people in it. Just make a cartoon like Final Fantasy did and call it a day. Why bother to have real actors for 8% of your movie? Why not just have voice actors?

Hurvl
Hurvl

123 days is pretty long, but that's just a bit over 4 months, while it's almost two years until it hits theaters. It's good to know that the special effects, editing and whatnot crews don't have to rush to get it finished.

willzihang
willzihang

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit for remedials.

Deano
Deano

you'd have to be pretty dumb to think this will flop.

puffnbillys420
puffnbillys420

Heres a movie that's going to lose a lot of money

Anigmar
Anigmar

4 months only? Wow it's gonna be worse than I expected.

zyxahn
zyxahn

Be careful guys, I mean I know your Blizzard and all but do you remember a certain movie call Final Fantasy Spirits Within.  Square tried to make a zillion dollar movie with some really good actors and a beautiful cg movie thinking it would appeal to more then just gamers.  Didn't work out to well for them did it. I like what megakick said.  Their probably not going to make a movie better Peter Jackson did with TLotR movies.  Just make a good Warcraft movie with fans in mind first.  Hell that's alot of people anyway.

mxgod
mxgod

I wish it was all CG, Blizzard does some nice CG and actors just are not up to par lol

megakick
megakick

Should be about World of Warcraft phenomenon. I can just watch LOTR if I want to a good fantasy movie.

jimboa30
jimboa30

@Revenant_K "Appeals to a broader audience" simply means telling a story that someone who isn't familiar with the Warcraft universe or the games can easily watch and get into without needing to know anything about the games. In this case, it looks like, from the info given at Blizzcon, it'll tell a story about warfare and how people can do terrible things in the name of their faction/people. The main focus will be centered around a battle between Durotan (Thrall's dad) and Lothar. Durotan was an honorable orc who didn't like what his people had become, but still fought for the Horde because he knew if he didn't his clan would be destroyed, either at the hands of the Horde or by the lack of resources that was slowly killing the orcs off. And of course, Lothar fought to defend his people and his homeland. Two honorable heroes who find themselves at war with each other. That could be a great story that is applicable to our world today and relevant enough that your average person can appreciate it, and still remain very faithful and true to the story of Warcraft.

Random_Virus
Random_Virus

@Revenant_K It's actually more often a "better" thing.  It means the movie can find ground that will bring in ticket sales.  Ticket sales means potential sequel / franchise film.  Then those later installments can put in elements that the "hard core" fans will like.


Also, fans should never be responsible for what dictates is in a movie, especially if it's based on a video game or comic, because those fans are seriously the worst.

Scarshi
Scarshi

@leikeylosh  Oh no, they are all real battles this time. All Dwarves, Orcs, Elementals, Elves, Dragon Aspects, etc. characters are real. This isn't fake movies like LoTR.

Seriously :)

Anigmar
Anigmar

@Gunface1011 But the way Jackson did it was optimal to reduce shooting time. Plus he made 3 good long movies. If we're talking about movies needing little time I could tell you about movies taking 3-4 days but trust me, you'd rather watch Oprah better than those.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@devilzzz2014 So every actual fan of Warcraft. Seeing them in the game and pre-rendered movies was good enough. Nothing good can come from a movie other than a really stupid, long, boring, cheesy CG fight scene between them when really it should be about 25 seconds long like it was in WC3.

quaker04
quaker04

@devilzzz2014  The Lich King and Illidan are characters from the third Warcraft, since they're figures of Undead and Night Elf races. I think this first one will show Warcraft I and II, when Ogre were allies of the horde and Orcs could use big sea turtles to attack Human's submarine. Would be awesome to see that in action.

darkrayne
darkrayne

@jumpchump  How dumb can someone get? First, the time it takes to shoot and the time it takes to complete post production are not relative. Second, they've already spent months, maybe over a year, planning the shooting phase so that they can get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible.. so they can make the most out of their budget. With 8 hours out of production per day they could have well over 1000 hours worth of footage (obviously they wont have that much, but they COULD). Third, post production augments the physical footage, it doesn't 'fill in gaps'. This is a fantasy film, almost every single scene will need CGI.. every scene they have FILMED because you can not film fantasy. Forth, they will complete post production within the next year and the rest of the time will be spent on marketing and merchandising. They will also release at a time where it best suits the success of the product; a time where there is minimal competition OR alongside the release of a noticeable product (such as a WoW expansion). Same thing as every other film with a decent budget.

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

@jumpchump Please don't mention FF movies with WOW cuz I absolutely hated that garbage from FF.  It was the beginning of the end for me with that franchise.

Freedomination
Freedomination

@willzihang I like the LoTR trilogy ( at least the first 2 1/2 movies ), but you hardly need an above average attention span to watch a Peter Jackson fantasy movie. Most of them seem to consist of people fighting, running, falling, jumping and shouting. And at times some horrible slow motion parts with too much artificial light

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Deano Lol, look no further than the comment below you by puffnbillys420. I don't think this movie will be bad or flop, but I can't say for certain that it will bring in a lot of money.

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

@Anigmar 4 months is actually above the average time it takes to shoot live action footage for any film.  Most flicks take around 3.  It's all the editing, special effects, CGI, scoring and other post-production stuff that can easily take well over a year to do.

Just shooting actors in front of green screens?  Yeah, that's like a small fraction of any film production.  Going by your ignorance, you probably would have said the same snarky comments about The Lord of the Rings back in 1999, when it wrapped up its shooting.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@zyxahn Well obviously because:


A) Peter Jackson could make a better movie than anyone at Blizzard or even this director, with his eyes closed for 4 months straight, and his voicebox removed.


B) He was also working with lore that is far better written and less contrived, not to mention more organized and copious, than the Warcraft lore. Over half of the story in Warcraft is retcon that's been introduced since WC3 and WoW especially - ignoring thefact that a large chunk of it is useless - so what little lore does still exist from the original game really hasn't been much expanded on. This movie will be atrocious, and there's nothing Ragnar Lothbrok can do on the acting side to make up for it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@zyxahn Spirits Within reminds me of every time I ever watched a final fantasy music video on youtube. There's lots of things happening, but I can't make out anything of it, it's just a sequence of random images. Spirits Within was ambitious in its storytelling, but quite vague and I was just "Oh, so now this happens, huh? Ehrm, why?" for most of it.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

@Scarshi @leikeylosh I think you know what I meant by that, but let me explain anyway. Why not make a more down-to-earth movie, with a simpler story but more effective. Fewer characters, focusing on their relationship on a personal level, showing the side effects of war, the consequences of it. Why does every fantasy movie has to contain an epic CGI battle?

loudangryjerk
loudangryjerk

@quaker04 @devilzzz2014 they'll probably incorperate Arthas and the night elves somehow, even if only as the king talking about his newborn son 'Arthas' and the night elves showing up at the beginning and end as outsiders watching the war of orcs and humans from the outside. They'll want as much of a connection to WoW as possible,to be able to rake in the money that will come with that.

Anigmar
Anigmar

@Xirtahm @Anigmar I'm quite shocked my comment made you think about ignorance. It's also funny you mention LOTR as it's probably my favourite movie and trilogy. I know a lot of time goes in post-production but still 4 months sounds short given the hype this movie is given. Do you remember D&D? I honestly have no idea how long it took them to shoot but the result was awful. Bad story, horrible acting... They turned a beloved franchise into trash. Wing Commander? Ugh. Now with WoW people are gonna be even more expectating. And let's not forget every videogame based movie has been bad to say the least. So maybe I'm wrong and 4 months is kind of normal for most movies but you know what, most movies these days stink. When the movie is released I'll be happy to say "hey it's good' if it turns out that way, in the meantime allow me to be eskeptical and "ignorant".

Scarshi
Scarshi

@leikeylosh @Scarshi Lol. I know. I was being a bit sarcastic there. Its just funny in movies how real the fake stuff should be in relation to how fake the real stuff is.

The epic speech. The epic run to the enemy. The epic way the heroes always know how to survive in the obvious randomness of battle. More seems so much less nowadays.