Star Wars effects studio working on Warcraft film, an Orcs vs. Humans origin story

Blizzard confirms Oscar-winning Star Wars studio Industrial Light & Magic working on upcoming film based on fantasy series; Durotan and Lothar will be featured.

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Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the prolific Academy Award winning visual effects studio behind franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, is working on the upcoming Warcraft film, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed today at BlizzCon during a special panel for the movie.

More specifically, ILM is creating the Orcs for the Warcraft film, which will be performed by real actors. Colin Farrell has reportedly been offered the lead role for the movie, though casting was not discussed today during the panel.

The Warcraft movie will feature a combination of live-action and CGI. Visual effects supervisor for the film, Bill Westenhofer, described the Orcs as "gritty and real," going on to say the movie will come across as "Avatar meets Game of Thrones."

Westenhofer has won Oscars for Life of Pi and The Golden Compass. He is also a veteran and devoted World of Warcraft player, having started playing the game in its original beta in 2004. He currently has a level-90 character.

Two major characters for the Warcraft film--an Orcs. vs. Humans origin story--were also confirmed during the panel: Durotan and Lothar, who will go head-to-head. Both characters want to do the right thing for their people, director Duncan Jones said, though no further details were provided.

The Warcraft movie will be released on December 18, 2015. Jones said today he hopes the film will be released in 2D and 3D, and that the film will probably be rated PG-13. Blizzard COO Paul Sams recently explained in detail why the movie will not fall on its face like other films based on games that have come before it.

"We're really excited about, we believe in the team, and we think that come 2015, we're going to have something special," Sams told GameSpot last night.

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Vambran

So this movie takes place either in Warcraft 1 or Warcraft 2. Unless time travel is involed.

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Adavanter

The only Star Wars news I care to hear about is from EA or Disney. That is all :P

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Seymour47

<< LINK REMOVED >> Why would you ever want to hear something from EA?

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> because they have the star wars license.... and i don't care that EA are the only ones publishing star wars games... i want mooaar!!!

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> EA has exclusive rights to the star wars license, the studios that are working on star wars titles are owned by EA or are letting EA publish it...

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feleas

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> they're not the only ones making Star Wars games. There's 6 other companies making some too.

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neroist

<< LINK REMOVED >> Becuase other than CDPR and Bethsoft they release the only games I care about it...

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Deingerous

OMG! Lol this has to be a first, someone on a gaming forum... That praises EA?!?! I'm amazed at.your honesty mate (no sarcasm) I myself don't mind them at all but wow your in a serious minority here, love those franchises too..

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feleas

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Nintendo hasn't released a great game since on their Gamecube.

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i actually feel the same way, but i would add sony to that list... uncharted seriies y'know... i just luve em... other than that: mass effect, elder scrolls, battlefield... those games i just play over and over and over and.....

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neroist

<< LINK REMOVED >> I have over 100 games on Steam. 14 games on Origin, 12 on GOG, a 3ds xl and a ps vita. And I tell you that those Pubs have the only games I go back too over and over.

People talk smack about EA but they release the best games I like.

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Link3301

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There a tons of great games from other publishers, too. Valve, Blizzard, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Activision, Ubisoft, and various indie devs have put out great games. You really have a limited scope of great games if you limit yourself to three publishers.

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neroist

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes poor me with games like Mass Effect, Dead Space , The Witcher, KOTOR , The Elder Scrolls, and Dragon Age.... I guess your right and should go play some CoD right?

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Seymour47

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's a sad sad gaming life.

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Link3301

<< LINK REMOVED >> No one, which is why this movie is not about that. It is about the lore of the series. From the sound of things, it takes place during the Warcraft 1-2 period in time.

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feleas

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's about Warcraft 1

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i'm sure he was just joking...

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Nocturnal-Gamer

Well if you love doing something, you'll do it well. So the saying goes.

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stev69

Jesus is there any other news or is GS now Blizzards new home page?

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Ezio_2009

<< LINK REMOVED >> Blizzcon is happening. What did you expect?

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tonytones21

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> and here gentlemen we see a rare species of internet users with LOGIC.

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ahpuck

<< LINK REMOVED >> overreacting much?

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stev69

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> When 14 out of 21 articles on the front page are about Blizzard? Yeah clearly over reacting.

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cheto88

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's annoying, like when all they talk about during the week of E3 is E3

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Seymour47

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Blizzcon, idiot.

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masterthrall

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Maybe because Blizzcon is going on this weekend, that might have something to do with it...

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MJ12-Conspiracy

Why not just say "ILM doing effects for the WOW movie"? it's not the Star Wars Effects studio, It;'s ILM who does effects for all of Hollywood, whoever can afford their services......Star Wars is not the only thing they've done......WOW what moronic writing......

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Flamerdragon

<< LINK REMOVED >> It is to attract people that have no idea who ILM are or their work. Everyobody knows Star Wars though.
The used it to attract people.

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SkyAboveThePort

@MJ12-Conspiracy Those who know ILM know what they've done. For all others, it is a good introduction to mention the brands ILM is most known for. For me, this is good writing. If Eddie had mentioned Pacific Rim (because it's more recent), it would have been a major downturn imho ^^

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Branmuffin316

<< LINK REMOVED >> Lucas founded it when he was making Star Wars so...

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MJ12-Conspiracy

<< LINK REMOVED >> Nobody calls it the "Star Wars Effects studio" though, it's name it Industrial Light And Magic but everyone even those at the studio call it ILM.....

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Link3301

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, but Star Wars is one of the things they are most known for. It's like complaining about someone calling Subway a sandwich shop just because they serve stuff like soup and cookies, too.

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Shadow_Fax

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's the same logic behind Nintendo being referred as the "Mario Factory". It's not that big a deal...

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atlanticmoon

same day as star wars vii

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >> ooohhh, good for me.... nerdgasm!!!

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Phlail_UK

I literally couldn't think of a worse movie idea...

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Fozenflame00

<< LINK REMOVED >> Mortal Kombat

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> street fighter, pacman, tetris, pong,.... need more?? ;)

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i was gonna say battleship, but i have to admit i kinda liked it. shame on me ;)

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cheto88

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Battleship, enough said.

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SandRunneR

I don't know what you people are talking about, but ILM are the best there is.

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JLCrogue

Well, at least the music should be good, especially if they make it as epic as the original Star Wars films, but it's not going to be like Game of Thrones if it has a PG-13 rating. It might be like The Lord of the Rings, but in order to be like Game of Thrones it needs to have teh pr0n in it.

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Seymour47

<< LINK REMOVED >> ILM doesn't do music. They are a VISUAL effects studio. They do nothing with sound. The music is a whole different entity.

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monkeypukefight

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> sound effects was usually something like skywalker sound and music is usually something like london philharmonic orchestra.

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skunknuts

Unless the story is great, I really don't give a crap WHO is doing the special effects.