The upcoming Warcraft film adaptation (based on the absurdly popular computer game series) has been more forthcoming with details about it’s production than other high-profile genre films currently in the works (Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman Vs. Superman spring to mind).
Source Code director Duncan Jones is helming the project. Seventh Son screenwriter Charles Leavitt is penning the script based primarily on the first two real-time strategy Warcraft games, Orcs & Humans and Tides of Darkness, and Vikings star Travis Fimmel is on board to star.
Colin Farrell and Paula Patton are being considered as secondary leads, and there’s talk that the movie will co-star Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels). Warcraft is scheduled to begin filming January 2014, and be released in December of 2015.
All this and more came out during a Q&A with the film’s director and special effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer (Life Of Pi, The Golden Compass) at BlizzCon 2013, Further info along with some new concept art from the film are below (courtesy of Kotaku).
For instance, it seems the script’s first draft focused far too much on the Human-led Alliance for Jones’ taste:
It’s about both sides. It’s going to be red and blue.
The director was quoted as saying.
He also revealed the basic plot of the film…which is gibberish to me as a non-player, but no doubt has meaning to WoW‘s legions of fans:
It’s the story of Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games.
I know about Human vs. Orc and Alliance vs. Horde…but once you start giving them names–that’s where you lose me.
Jones claims that casting is complete for his film, though he did remark that Orc-leader Durotan was difficult to pick:
It’s been hard to find an actor who looks like Durotan. Every time I meet an actor I just try to squish his face.
Are we all caught up then? Good–now enjoy some lovely Warcraft concept art. The pics are landscapes showing (in order) Draenor–Home of the Orcs, Dalaran–City of Magic, Ironforge–City of Dwarves, and Stormwind–Seat of the Alliance: