Warcraft movie's lengthy post-production due in part to busy movie slate

That extended waiting period for the movie will be put to use by the filmmakers.

The Warcraft movie will be done filming in a matter of weeks, yet it won't be coming out until 2016. The reason for that has to do with taking the necessary time to get everything right, as well as the crowded movie release schedule over the next two years, according to the CEO of Legendary Pictures.

Speaking with CraveOnline, Legendary's Thomas Tull was asked the reasoning for what sounds like a longer-than-usual post-production process. "Well, part of it is getting the date right. As you may have noticed, these next two years, there’s pretty big titles coming out," he said.

The Warcraft movie, which is being produced by Legendary and Universal Pictures, was previously slated to be released on December 18, 2015--the same day as Star Wars: Episode VII--before being delayed until March 11, 2016.

The film is a mixture of both live-action and CG, the latter of which is being worked on by Star Wars effects studio Industrial Light & Magic. The CG work was also a consideration in deciding to wait to release the film, as Tull said, "We wanted to make sure that we got [the date] right, but there are some sequences and some things that [director] Duncan Jones has done that are truly on the cutting edge.

"You want to have plenty of time to make sure that we dial those in. So by the time they get home and set up, it’ll be a little less than two years. It’ll be about 20 months but we really want to take our time and get this right because the technology that’s employed really is some next generation stuff."

Tull confirmed that this won't be a situation where the movie is completed and then left to sit around; when asked if this time would be put to use, Tull responded, "Correct, absolutely."

The first photos from the movie's set were recently released, providing us with a glimpse of what may be the Stormwind throne room. Little is known about the plot except that it tells an origin story of the Humans vs. Orcs conflict. Among the cast members is Dominic Cooper, who spoke earlier this year about feeling the pressure to deliver. Movies based on video games are frequently subpar, but Blizzard insists it's worked hard to avoid letting this happen.

Meanwhile, Blizzard is readying the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor. Activision Blizzard announced yesterday that, despite not being available until later this year, the game has already sold 1 million copies.

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22 comments
Argle
Argle

so they want to release the movie when they know nothing else big/good will be out.  they must have genuine confidence in the quality of their movie!

mwarnos
mwarnos

Everything Blizzard related takes a long time... :-)
As long is it has some of the Blizzard quality we've come to expect.

PS. I am aware that Blizzard is not producing the movie.

Poidad
Poidad

This is just like when World of Warcraft first came out. They announced it way too early and I was over it before it even got released because I had to wait too long.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

I guess they want to stay true to the original material: Having outdated visuals by the time it's released.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Long story short: ILM is giving priority to Star Wars.  Not surprising.

straightcur
straightcur

Better be great!       Thinking LOTR, not the trash Hobbit series

mr_nee
mr_nee

I used to be hardcore WoW geek till 2008, I've read the books and waited for this so long, but the warcraft fan inside of me is long dead by now. It took too fucking long! Though war of the ancients > Lord of the rings

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

There really are way too many movies I want to see comming out this year. 2-3 times more than usual.

Hjindee
Hjindee

@tolard G2A is amazing, used it before ;) i saved 50% from the original price on Titanfall :P

tr4newreck
tr4newreck

@Ultramarinus not sure what you mean, as the original material is a book, even warcraft 1 wasn't about lothar or durotan... and for its time was ahead visually.

picuic1911
picuic1911

@straightcur  nah, as far as I remember, they said it'll be more of a war movie (similar to, i don't know, a war movie) with lots more epic, high-scale, bloody battles and stuff, unlike the LotR series (which was more adventure-oriented). I also hope it will get an M rating, not like LotR which was PG-13. This is just my take, ofc.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

@mr_nee  I was the same although i would say the fan in me is still alive but wants non-mmo experiences.

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

@mr_nee Something tells me that when you see an official trailer....  that WoW geek will be reborn.  I know the geek inside me will be

mr_nee
mr_nee

@The-Neon-Seal  Warcraft is not coming this or even next year. Can you share your wishlist?

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

@steaminpotatoes if they announce Warcraft 4 RTS that would be amazing, it could potentially work if was set maybe 200-500 years later or maybe alternative universe etc.

Poidad
Poidad

@mr_nee  Captain America, Spider Man, Xmen, Transcendence, TMNT, Expendables, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers, Godzilla, Hunger Games, Planet of the Apes, Lego Movie, Hercules, Jupiter Ascending, Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrow and RoboCop

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@mr_nee Well, I'm not interested in Warcraft, but this year there has already been Captain America 2, The Amazing Spider Man 2 -I'm a big Marvel fan-, Godzilla comes out next week, X-men the week after, How to Train Your Dragon 2 -sequal to my admitted favorite film of all time- either next month or the month after, Defenders of the Galaxy -why so many Marvel films?!- in august and The Hobbit part 3 at the end of the year. Box trolls has taken my interest, and there will no doubt be a few more inbetween.

 I'm a busy person damnit! Why can't they space things out a bit more?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@The-Neon-Seal I'm actually a bit relieved that Transcendence doesn't seem to be that good, because it means one less movie I need to choose between. Nolan is directing Interstellar which also sounds interesting, but in the following weeks I'll want to see Divergent since I liked the Hunger Games movies. I've already seen the new Cap and Spidey and there aren't many days until the new X-men movie is a future past. I don't have that much money to spend and watching movies is expensive.