If your like me and you haven’t played World of Warcraft, and you have little to no knowledge about the characters or stories, its okay. That doesn’t mean we cannot be excited for this film’s potential, and get a proper introduction into this world through a movie. I’ve sat down with friends as they tried to explain everything World of Warcraft to me, and all I can say is its remarkably complex.
I want the upcoming Warcraft film to succeed, and the way it succeeds is by telling a good story while not overwhelming audiences new to the franchise. Fortunately, Director Duncan Jones is taking a careful and wise approach to this film. He is fully aware that this film needs to appeal to a wider audience than just the Warcraft loyal fan base. Therefore this film will focus on the first encounters between the Human Alliance and the Orc Horde, which eventually leads to a brutal conflict. Though this story may seem familiar, the filmmakers are taking a different approach than what you would usually expect.
Here’s Director Duncan Jones talking Warcraft in an interview w/ Mtime (Chinese Movie Site)
“When I went to talk to [producer] Chris Metzen and the guys at Blizzard, we both saw things the same way. A Warcraft film should not be about a good race of humans battling an evil race of orcs! Warcraft should be about heroes on both sides trying to avoid a conflict, when villains leave them no choice… I hope that with our film, the audience will get a chance to see past the Horde/Alliance divide and recognize the heroes on BOTH sides!
“From the moment I first talked to Blizzard, the plan was to start our film with the first time Orcs met Humans. First contact! I think that for a world with so much newness to explain, this was a wise choice, especially when so many people in our audience may not know anything about Warcraft.”
“I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by. Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more. There is certainly plenty more to tell!”
This approach worked well with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as we saw the conflict on both sides trying to avoid war. If I had to compare this to other films, it sounds like Warcraft will be like Lord of the Rings meets Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with a splash of Harry Potter.
Should audiences buy into the World of Warcraft, then more opportunities will come to tell more stories and introduce more out of this world characters. Warcraft has nearly two years of post production effects work and the Director himself has promised some spectacular visual effects. It’ll be at least a couple of months before we get our first look at what they created.
For a full rundown on characters in Warcraft click the link.
Warcraft opens in theaters on March 11th, 2016.