Warcraft Movie Extended Cut Is 40 Minutes Longer, Not Guaranteed
An Easter egg that tied Warcraft together with Duncan Jones' other movies was cut from the theatrical version.
Video game movie Warcraft is about two hours long, clocking in at 123 minutes, according to IMDB. Director Duncan Jones has now revealed that the original cut was 2 hours and 40 minutes, and explained what it would take for an extended cut/director's cut to be released one day.
Jones revealed the runtime in an interview with The Daily Beast. He said he had hoped to include an Easter egg in Warcraft that tied the movie to his past films, Moon and Source Code, but it was left on the cutting room floor.
"If you know Moon or Source Code, there's this very sweet, very talented guy named Chesney Hawkes who wrote this really, really big hit in Britain called 'I Am The One And Only,'' Jones said. "I used it as an alarm clock in Moon, and a ring tone in Source Code—and I actually got him to do a version as a bard in Warcraft."
But it had to go.
"We weren't able to keep it in the cut. But somehow, maybe, I'll just sneak it into the Twitterverse… he did a Warcraft-medievally version of his single, and it's just brilliant. Unfortunately I was the only one who thought it was hilarious."
As for whether or not there will ever be an extended cut of Warcraft that contains this Easter egg and other additional scenes, Jones said it depends on how the movie does.
"There will be no extended cut unless the theatrical does well," he explained on Twitter. "That is just the way of things."
Warcraft opened in international markets last week, bringing in $31.6 million, according to Deadline. The US release is scheduled for June 10, but the movie is not expected to hit the top of the chart.
Jones also revealed on Twitter that a "troll raid" scene was cut from the theatrical version.
"Was too expensive to do, and not directly enough related to the main plot, so scratched early on," he said.
For more on Warcraft, check out this review roundup to see what critics had to say.
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