Amazing as it may seem, the Warcraft movie looks like it’s going to have some actual solid storytelling to support the animated fantasy mayhem that has been the stock and trade of the game that is its namesake. Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie and director of Moon in 2009 and Source Code in 2011, directs what is probably the most technically challenging movie of his career. This trailer was shown just hours ago at Blizzcon 2015 to crowds of excited fans.
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It’s an all out war between humans and orcs. The movie sticks very close to the story line of the original Warcraft game, and tells the tale of the orc Horde leaving their dying home world of Draenor to settle new lands in the faraway land of Azeroth. Once the orcs begin attacking human settlements, though, the humans don’t just sit still for it. They fight back, and their response is nothing short of spectacular.
“I love games and I feel they’ve been sold short shrift in films so far,” says the 44-year-old Jones, who has been an avid gamer all his life, even spending some time as a game designer.. “It’s my generation’s opportunity to right that wrong.” Jones points out that in recent years comic book movies have enjoyed a “renaissance” of commercial and critical success. “There is no reason why video game-based movies shouldn’t be able to do the same thing.”
Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbel, and Paula Patton, and releases in the United States on March 11, 2016.
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