Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) will be directing the movie adaptation of the hugely popular World of Warcraft game, and today the very first details have emerged. The film is set to begin filming in Vancouver early next year, so cast details are expected to arrive over the coming months.
However, the first hints at the films plot, plus some concept art, have been revealed by Blizzcon. The concept art you will find below, but during a press conference at Blizzcon 2013, director Jones and Oscar winning special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life of Pi, The Golden Compass) revealed some plot details for the film.
The director commented on his reaction to reading the script for the first time, saying it wouldn’t work because it focused too heavily on the human Alliance. Now, however, “It’s about both sides. It’s going to be red and blue.” The Warcraft adaptation is set to be based on the first contact between humans and Orcs, and will focus on the characters Anduin Lothar and Durotan. Jones made a point of saying that the film would not be siding with humans or Orcs, “It’s about both sides, you can be a hero whatever side you are on,” he said.
“It’s been hard to find an actor who looks like Durotan,” said Jones. “Every time I meet an actor I just try to squish his face.”
Jones confirmed at BlizzCon 2013 that the movie will feature a mixture of live-action footage and CGI, with the orcs created using a mix of motion capture and animation.
Blizzard CEO spoke with Digital Spy, explaining that the movie would be much more than just a simple game adaptation:
“There’s a high level of collaboration, and the good news is that nobody is interested in making a video game movie,” he said.
“Everyone wants to make a truly groundbreaking, badass movie, that has simply gotten its source material from a video game, just like other great sci-fi, fantasy or superhero movies have been inspired by books or comic books.”
He added: “Everything that we’ve experienced and seen so far has been really impressive. We’ve been involved in a lot of the storyboarding and concept art, and what other aspects of the movie are going to look like.”