Warcraft movie not just for fans of the game, will have "big, universal themes"

"If everybody's who ever played the game went to see it, it's still not enough," Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull says.

The upcoming Warcraft movie, scheduled to hit theaters in March 2016, is not only for fans of the game, according to Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull. He told I Am Rogue in a new interview that the movie will have "big, universal themes" that will appeal to an audience far wider than those who have played the game. This was all made possible by director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), a man Tull said is "so talented."

"I think people might initially say, 'It's a video game movie, or it's sort of fantasy whatever.' But just wait. That's the whole point of having a Duncan Jones direct the movie versus maybe some other version. That's really as fans what we want to see, which is stuff that's commercial, but elevated that takes these amazing stories as jumping off points and then puts these directors on them that will tweak it slightly and look at it through a different lens," Tull said.

"I think the mistake sometimes that gets made is you might say, 'how many people played the video game? Well that's big, so lets make that,'" -- Tull

Part of the reason why Warcraft, which finishes shooting soon but still needs many months to finish post-production, took so long to make was because Legendary and Blizzard were not willing to greenlight a version that wasn't up to their standards, Tull said.

"I think the mistake sometimes that gets made is you might say, 'How many people played the video game? Well that's big, so lets make that.' If everybody who's ever played the game went to see it, it's still not enough," he said. "On top of that making a video game movie is a different medium, it's very difficult."

It's tough to know how many people have played Warcraft games throughout the years, but Blizzard claims that over 100 million people have played World of Warcraft alone since it first hit the market a decade ago in 2004. One thing is for sure, though, Legendary Pictures was not interested in simply trying to replicate the game experience for the big screen. That just wouldn't work, Tull said.

"We have come up with a mythology and a lore that's so deep that it got us excited. Because just saying we're going to make what the game you play into a movie, I'm not interested in that at all," Tull said. "We finally got to a story that felt like it had big, universal themes that people will be able to get their heads around. But I also think jabbing your finger into a fence and saying, everything you loved about the game is gone, well I don't get that either. What you do want to do is say, here's something that you really love and here's that version of it. So that's what we tried to do."

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 the movie's digital scenes are being handled by acclaimed Star Wars effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. We might get to finally see the movie in action at Comic-Con in July.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

It will have "big, universal themes"


IT'S ABOUT TIME!

More people should make movies about real big and deep universal themes like "Orcs, yay or nay?" or "How many undead fit in a Volkswagen".

aajep
aajep

Great, now we'll be getting some unneeded romance and explosions.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Going for mainstream appeal eh.  It's going to suck so bad.

darktruth007
darktruth007

Great. Just what the universe needs. More world of warcraft. Cheapening their core values to appeal to a mass audience is something the franchise seems to excel at.

gta5onlinefunny
gta5onlinefunny

OMG . The movie is going to storm the screen.. will it release in all country ? @ciarupa . I just got this wow game time cards while surfing..hope it will be useful for you..

isv666
isv666

I'm curious to see how this comes out.  I fully expected them to have "universal themes" to appeal to a wider audience.  That's like every big budget film ever.  That doesn't mean the quality will suffer or it will be so far removed from the Warcraft universe that it will be unrecognizable.  And for the most part, Blizzard tends to hold relatively high standards for their properties.  Considering WoW is still one of their cash cows, I don't expect them to let Duncan and co. go all willy-nilly with it and damage their brand.  Duncan is also a pretty talented director with solid films under his belt, so I doubt he'd sign off on garbage, either.

deadpen
deadpen

Warcraft movie not just for fans of the game" SOOOOOO that means they Michael Bay Night Shyamalan'ed it up right?!?! 

I'm not a fan of the game so if they want to draw me it would have to be far enough from the game that I wouldn't think about it while watching it.

Super Mario Bros the movie wasn't for fans either...how did that work out!

GenTaylor84
GenTaylor84

I love all these hipster comments, " I liked warcraft before they sold out and got popular." haters gonna hate.

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

I hope it ends up being "A Spirit Within" and hurts them hard. 

zizo490
zizo490

i am sure if this movie succeeded they will invest this success in new expansion (if not expansions)! of wow.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

"Universal themes"? Oh lord they will put a love story in it.

Barighm
Barighm

So, it's gonna suck?


Seriously though, the hype train never changes. I hope it's a great movie, but anything less than Arthas's storyline is gonna be disappointing.

milowjona
milowjona

I so want this to become the next Lord of the Rings... chances of that happening are pretty slim though.

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

Blah blah blah Heroes saves the day and takes the bitch....blah blah blah...

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

This movie will sell 70 million in ticket sales.

ronan32
ronan32

warcraft lore isn't deep and it suits the masses perfectly. compare it to a song of ice and fire and it's like a disney cartoon.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

IE it will be a generic fantasy film catered to appeal to the widest possible audience.

Fursnake
Fursnake

I just want to know, is it going to be authentic to the games and have floppy elf ears?

kindlewithcare
kindlewithcare

I'm excited for this. I just beat Warcraft 3 about a month ago once again and it is still an amazing universe.

endorbr
endorbr

Well if you needed any further proof that this movie is going to suck there is no greater statement that a studio could release than something containing the words: "big, universal themes."  And seriously 100 million people at $8-10 a pop wouldn't be enough?  How greedy are you movie producers?  Even if it cost $200 million to make and distribute that's still a $600~ million profit to spread around. 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

What did you want him to say? "No, it's only for the fans of the game, other people won't even know what the heck is going on. Money? What's that?"

zandrxi
zandrxi

AKA....we watered it down for the masses so they throw money at use and most fan will hate it 


Gazdakka
Gazdakka

Lore so deep that you killed off all of your cool villains and totally exacerbated the use of time travel? Hardly. They'll also have to seriously try and rework all the pop culture bullshit if anyone's going to take it seriously.

bernard978
bernard978

I doubt this will see cinemas in many regions and just go direct to dvd.

javalino
javalino

this movie will suck !!!! 

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

That's good news since most of the fan base will be too busy playing Warcraft to even go see the movie.

ronan32
ronan32

@zandrxi are telling me warcraft isn't already watered down fantasy?. you'd swear it was shakespearean the way you act.

raffa666
raffa666

@javalino  Just tell us why? if you can substantiate "why", people will give you credit, otherwise that comment is just retarded.