Star Wars Director Praises Warcraft Movie, Calls It "Human, Emotional, and Metal"
Critics might not have enjoyed Warcraft all that much, but Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson did. He wrote on Twitter that he didn't get a chance to see it until now, due in part to how busy he was shooting Episode VIII. Now that the film has wrapped, he saw the movie and called it "glorious."
Missed it while we were shooting but FINALLY got to see @ManMadeMoon's Warcraft. It's a glorious trio - human, emotional, and mëtal. See it!— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September 29, 2016
Jones responded to Johnson's tweet, saying he is glad that Johnson enjoyed the big-budget action movie based on Blizzard's video game franchise. He also joked to Johnson, "How's your little indie going?"
Episode VIII is scheduled to come out in December 2017. Jones' next film, meanwhile, is the lower-budget sci-fi movie Mute that stars Alexander Skarsgard as a mute bartender. Paul Rudd also stars in the movie. After years of development, the movie finally started shooting this week in Berlin.
In other news about Mute, Skarsgard told Empire that the film will be released on Netflix with a limited theatrical run at the same time. This is the same setup as Netflix's Beast of No Nation.
Jones has said he would like to return to the Warcraft franchise, as he has ideas for a trilogy. Whether or not he gets to make a second film will depend on how well the first one does. It wrapped up its box office run with more than $430 million worldwide, the bulk of which came from international markets. Earlier this month, the film was released Blu-ray/DVD, as well as digital channels.
Although Warcraft, which had a reported budget of $160 million before marketing, is projected to ultimately be a money-loser, a sequel could still happen.