World of Warcraft film begins shooting in 2014

Producer Charles Roven says movie based on Blizzard's MMO expected to begin shooting early next year.

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The upcoming World of Warcraft feature film will begin shooting early next year, producer Charles Roven has told SlashFilm.

"First quarter 2014 we're going to shoot that movie," Roven said. "We're moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I'm having a great time with [director Duncan Jones]."

The film's plot--written by Blood Diamond and K-PAX scribe Charles Leavitt-- is being kept "under wraps." A past report pegged the film's budget as "north of $100 million."

The World of Warcraft film has not been without controversy. Spider-Man director Sam Raimi--who was at one point pegged to direct the film--claimed in March that Blizzard Entertainment mismanaged the film.

Chief creative officer at the game company Rob Pardo fired back, saying at the time, "I don't want to create controversy, but there are two sides to every story…"

World of Warcraft the game had 8.3 million subscribers at the end of March. Its most recent expansion was Mists of Pandaria, which launched in September.

Discussion

120 comments
Aravos
Aravos

For 100 Million it better not suck!!!

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

So is this going to be a film about Arthas? maybe Brad Pitt to bring in people and that way like World War Z they ignore the source material.

BLaverock
BLaverock

This will be awesome :) So much they can utilize... 

jayjayboy
jayjayboy

StarCraft Movie would have been better, but ANYWHO... How do I sign up to be an actor?

Redfish_chaser
Redfish_chaser

WoW is not a typical video game such as Mario and resident evil people. You sound like idiots trying to compare a future WoW movie to a Mario movie. WoW has the story line to become bigger than the Lord of the Rings series. They can easily get 6 movies out of WoW. And they can be very epic if done right. About the director slot...I wouldnt settle for anyone other than Zach Snyder. Second choices being someone like Christopher Nolan  or James Cameron. I didnt understand Sam Raimi nor do I agree with this new rookie guy Jones. Get the right people and you will have an epic series.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Warcraft needs to simply die at this point.  It's been blah for many years now.

made_u_look
made_u_look

Well, good luck to them. But and a lot of other people here are expecting complete crap. We have enough Resident Evil and Dragonball Z films don't need anymore.

IceCweam
IceCweam

This movie will not be complete without a special guest appearance from none other than Paladin Leeeeeeeeroy Jeeeeeeeeeenkins talking about at least I have chicken.

gutworm
gutworm

activision, you better dont fuck this one up!

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

Should be doing it the way the do the introduction to the games.  RL actors for this is a bad bad decision.

Slagar
Slagar

World of Warcraft movie. No. Just no. Please spare us the horror.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

WoW movie should be directed by either JamesCameron or PeterJackson..

julzeverne
julzeverne

If this had come out 5 or 6 years ago when they were first talking about it, then it might have been good.

But it is going to be a pile of crap.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

I'm an admitted Blizzard fanboy, and even I'm not expecting much.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

Movies made from video games stink. The lore you think is so great works in a video game, it doesn't work well in the movies. Go watch the Mario movie and then tell me how great you think this movie will be. It'll make a $100 back because, well frankly people will support rubbish if it's got a big name.

badiie05
badiie05

I really cannot imagine this hitting the screens.

Gargus
Gargus

So it wont be out until 2015 at the earliest. Probably launch as a summer movie in 2015. I cant really imagine by then anyone will really care that much. It might be a big hit out of the gate but I'm pretty sure it will fall pretty rapidly in sales.

Their biggest problem is going to be the fact this should have been done 4 or 5 years ago when WOW was still hot. At this point it feels more like WOW is started to slide in sales and recognition so they are trying to reignite the fires with a movie. If WOW was still the juggernaut it used to be I doubt they would be doing a movie at all.

So I am getting this feeling they will launch a new expansion around fall of 2014 and then in 2015 launch the movie in the spring/summer.

Thatkidstevo
Thatkidstevo

I thought they already made Lord of the Rings. hmm...

Vambran
Vambran

Hope they focus on just Humans and Orcs. Some of the races in the game would reduce this to a kids movie if they tried to put them in.


PsychicKiller82
PsychicKiller82

World of Warcraft would be a very interesting movie to watch.

Valkyrslayer
Valkyrslayer

I like the Lore of World of Warcraft so I am lookin forward to this and hope thy wont screw it up.

bmart970
bmart970

Why does every video game seem to be being made into a movie. We don't need that, and how much money could that possibly bring? Make games not movies.

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

@Redfish_chaser you have the worst tastes in directors.

Pro Tip: a huge budget on special effects does not make a good movie, which is why all their blew

xan114
xan114

@xeoneex66 you dont like the game, so the whole franchise 'needs to die'? good logic kiddo.

xan114
xan114

@made_u_look theres nothing wrong with being sceptical, but theres nothing wrong with having a clue what you are talking about either. we had 1 dragonball movie and that sucked because it had no input from the series' creators which led to a terrible script. the resident evil movies, again, little or no input from franchise creators. the first movie was ok but the rest sucked. the warcraft movie however has full input from blizzard. why do you think they turned down the offer from uwe boll to direct and then even sam raimi? because they are serious about the movie being big and successful. i would be too considering how much it will positively or negatively impact their franchise.

xan114
xan114

@Andrew1073 do you have any idea how long it takes just to make one of those CGI scenes that are several minutes long? months. + a lot of money, sweat and effort from a small crew of staff members at blizzard. to make a feature movie with that level of detail would take years. a live-action film is the better choice if it can be done correctly. and with $100 million to utilize with a good director and full input from blizz, it's in safe hands.

komuchen
komuchen

@MatrixGamer78 Why?

It's obvious, who they should get - either Uwe, Doom guy or Rick Berman with the crew from next gen movies

OldKye
OldKye

@J_Dangerously As a Former 4 year WoW player(What have I done!!!) and a avid player of every starcraft and world of warcraft(work work work)

All I have to say is Video. Game. Movie. Think that says it all.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@Valkyrslayer Well they screwed up the game, so it only makes sense they would screw up the movie too.

Slagar
Slagar

@the_big_doggg Don't be surprised if the film starts with the protagonist(s) being asked to kill ten rats.

Gargus
Gargus

@the_big_doggg 

If you had actually played it then you would know that it does. I know people love to comment on things they know nothing about though.

Every expansion has  a story for that expansion that is played out during its campaign and climaxes with that expansions big feature raid boss.

zizi393
zizi393

@Yamakoichi @Redfish_chaser 

Not sure which part u mean worst taste in director. i enjoyed the batman trilogy by nolan, inception also by nolan. James cameron did create highest grossing movies of all time. 

Personally, I wish the movie will be all cgi with help of those movement sensor for the action. i love all of blizzard cgi. it look refine and awesome. though im guessing they'll go live action, which is maybe good maybe bad. since orc is green...which would look ridiculous on live action.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@xan114 @xeoneex66 No, see my basis is actually based off the fact this entire company is shit.  From Activision down to Blizzard it's all shit.  And kiddo thats cute.  I'm pretty sure I'm older than you.

made_u_look
made_u_look

@xan114 @made_u_look Well I'm just naming a few and your right I do have a right to be skeptical, as gaming films don't have a good track record that's a fact in terms of quality and sales. Whose fault is that well could be the source material, writers, director or cast and crew. Could be combination of all those things, but what I do know is gaming translated to films has never been great.

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

@xan114 @Andrew1073 uhh, Final Fantasy Spirits Within, that other one with Cloud and Sephiroth.  Don't tell me it can't be done, it can if they wanted to do it.

xan114
xan114

@OldKye @J_Dangerously correction - video game movie with full input and support from blizzard themselves and a strong director & budget.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@JustCheckingIn @xeoneex66 Normally I am not so leinant :P I can't spell it right now -_- im exhausted, I don't particularly HATE Warcraft, I just feel it's past it's time.  It gave me so many great memories.  I was in it for 5-6 solid years from the very beginning.  The changes made really made me step back and look at exactly how this company handles things and their idea's for the game didn't go with what I was hoping the game would go for.  I mean I'm just one person after all.  But getting back to trolling, I've been around long enough to know how to deal with certain trolls :P.  I admit i've had my fair share of trolling.  I'm not proud of it but sometimes people irritate me and I just  feel I need to say something, be it witty or harsh.  I don't ever wish anyone ill.  But I've learned in my life if I'm being "attacked" you defend yourself as best you can.  Sometimes I'm witty others I'm not.  This time I happen to be in a particular mood that helped me be more witty than other times :P.  I wish you and the other genltmen a good day and enjoy Warcraft for as long as you may need.

JustCheckingIn
JustCheckingIn

@xeoneex66 Not agreeing to your first statement since i am a fan of world of warcraft and it's idea to make a movie, but i like how you handled people who are to use such great grammar and may seem intimidating (i dont  care for my grammar at this momment) but really they just feel like they have to defend their interests, even if it means acting such as a low-life piece of scum, which i never really got so defense about anything like that as i recall, but idk how heartbroken these gentlemen/ladies feel.  So overall i tip my hat off to you for stablizing a pair of semi-bipolar megafans.  

made_u_look
made_u_look

@xeoneex66 @xan114 I'm thinking he was referencing your attitude which is juvenile. There are a lot of people who are still enjoying the game and the franchise. Whether its Star Craft or Diablo, so your opinion is taken and rejected by me and the gentlemen above.

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

@GamingForLives Yea, I mean, I never claimed to say it would be cost feasible or anything like that.  As a fan, I would like CGI better, period.  meh, whatever, internet ftw!

GamingForLives
GamingForLives

@Andrew1073 i guess your referring to the movie "Final Fantasy : Advent Children" with Cloud and Sephiroth.... FYI it took them years to make and complete  the film.... thus i agree with @xan114 that it's more economic to use actors.... although personally a CGI movie would be Epic!!! :D