I wasn’t too impressed with Warcraft: The Beginning – for me it had nothing that was really memorable and seemed drastically sliced and diced by either the nervous studio or the nervous director to try to make it appeal to a mass audience. Which commercially paid off better than many expected, the film widely expected to be a major flop in the weeks leading up to its release. While it only grossed $47 million in the U.S., Warcraft: The Beginning fared much better overseas, ending its run with a gross of $433.5 million worldwide, leading fans to wonder if a sequel could be happening. In an interview with Thrillist, director Duncan Jones addresseed this and spoke quite candidly about the movie.
“If there were an opportunity for us to make another film in the Warcraft universe I really feel like we did the hard work in the first movie as far as setting the table. I would love to capitaliae on three and a half years of hard work and be able to have some fun in that world now that I’ve done the hard work. So who knows? Maybe I’m just being a masochist.”
“Trying to make a movie like Warcraft, and trying to do it in a unique way… you get killed by a death of 1,000 cuts. Not just editing cuts. It’s little changes that seem really innocuous. As a filmmaker the only way that I understand how to make a film is holistically. Every choice that I make, whether it is story or character or costume, all works together. When you make a little change it doesn’t seem like a big deal. When you keep making those little changes, especially over three and a half years, suddenly you’re basically spending all of your time trying to work out how to patch up what has been messed around with.”
“I’m equally proud and furious about Warcraft. I love it. I spent so much time on it. I put all my heart into trying to make it work. Parts of it, I think, work but it also drives me crazy that I wasn’t able to push through everything that I knew needed to happen in order to make the film I knew it could be.”
Jones also says that there won’t be a director’s cut because all the cut material wasn’t finished due to the extensive visual effects in most scenes. That’s a shame, as it may have addresse some of the film’s issues. Thankfully, Jones is returning to his smaller-scale roots with Mute, a science fiction thriller set within the same universe as Moon starring Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard.