SDCC 2015 / Blizzard Entertainment – Predictions and Speculations

I have been digging some SDCC 2015 info out there that evokes more questions than answers. From what I can predict from this stuff, there will be Warcraft Movie licensed toys sometime in 2016. That feels more prediction than speculation. It’s coming.


JAKKS Collector Toys: Star Wars, DC, TMNT, Nintendo, Warcraft and More!

Get the latest sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes scoop, and a preview of really big things to come from all of your favorite toy brands, including Star Wars, the World of Nintendo, DC Heroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Halo, Power Rangers and the Warcraft 2016 film. Panelists include Dominic Laurienzo (senior VP Action Figure Design), Peter Skourtis (senior director design), Eli Halpert (senior designer), Jose Alvarez (senior designer), Alec Willis (creative services art director), and moderator Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich (director Action Figure Marketing).

Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29AB

 

On the speculation spectrum, and this is in no way a fact … (yet), my crystal ball shows me an Overwatch TV animated series to flesh out the characters broadly to kids, teens and adults. This isn’t something my crystal ball hasn’t seen before. It’s an outloud vibe that’s been hinted in many ways the past couple of years. I have posted about this before from quotes said by Chris Metzen during BlizzCon 2014, the curious visits of PIXAR to Blizzard’s campus and viceversa, and the curious Senior Writer job opening with a peculiar requirement: “Mentor the story team in television and animation writing.

Now, sometimes I have deviced long stretches, but I have been right in past speculation/predictions too. Why did this SDCC panel in particular caught my eye? Andrew Robinson. I like to dig around. It seems Andrew was the Senior Writer hired by Blizzard for that job opening. He joined on December 2014. Take a look as his past work:

“I have written for numerous animated series, from DRAGON TALES and BABY LOONEY TOONS, to MEGAS XLR; ACTION MAN; MAX STEELE; STARSHIP TROOPERS; W.I.T.C.H.; JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES; DUEL MASTERS; MP4ORCE; THE SECRET SATURDAYS; IRON MAN: ARMORED ADVENTURES; TRANSFORMERS: ANIMATED; THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN; WALKER, TEXAS RANGER (not animated, but THIS close) AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES; GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES; YOUNG JUSTICE; THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!; ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN; TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS; KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS; and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Previous career incarnations include Development Executive in both the feature and television industries, and talent management for actors.”

That seems like the right man to hire to bring Overwatch to TV as an animated series; and he is a panelist in this particular SDCC panel. Bogus or Hype?


The TV Animation Story Editors/Head Writers Panel

Do you have dreams of writing for kids TV animation? This panel of veteran story editors and head writers will reveal what you need to know to break into the business, and stay in it. Topics include creating appropriate writing samples, landing a first gig, meeting deadlines, and keeping your story editor happy. Moderator Neo Edmund (Red Riding Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters) is joined by panelists Andrew Robinson (senior writer at Blizzard Entertainment, Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters), Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Spooksville), Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10 Omniverse, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic), Eugene Son (Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), and Craig Miller (Transformers, Curious George).

Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

 

Warcraft Chronicles is actually coming from a different publisher: Dark Horse. Might we ever see a new Warcraft comics rise from Dark Horse? We already know Chronicles exist. Maybe they have more news to unveil?


From Console to Comics: The Art of Video Games

Your favorite video games have expanded beyond your screen and into comics. Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall and panelists Nick Thornborrow (BioWare’s Dragon Age), Paul Tobin (The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies), Christofer Emgård (DICE’s Mirror’s Edge), and others discuss bringing some of gaming’s most popular titles, including World of Warcraft, Halo, and more, to comics and art books.

Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 7AB

 

There is a lot of thunder in the distance, people of the comics, Toy and TV animation industry coming to SDCC with exciting news to reveal. More interesting is Blizzard developers sitting next to those guys in the same room at the same time. Could my crystal ball stray too far away from the truth? Maybe. Maybe not. Only a week to find out.

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SDCC 2015 / Blizzard Entertainment - Predictions and Speculations

Warcraft Movie Release Date Moved to June 10, 2016

Legendary Pictures issued a press release announcing the Warcraft Movie Release Date Moved to June 10, 2016. The intended release date before this change was supposed to be March 11, 2016. This is the second time the release date has been moved. The original date was December 2015, but was changed shortly after the next Star Wars release date was announced — conflicting with Warcraft’s.

Legendary’s WARCRAFT, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from March 11, 2016, to Friday, June 10, 2016.

About WARCRAFT

Legendary’s WARCRAFT is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce.

 

While moving the date is bad for us fanboys, it seems Universal is very hopeful this movie will be a mega-hit. This is what director Duncan Jones said over Twitter:

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Speculation: Warcraft Movie Trailer to debut at 2015 SDCC?

Speculation-Mode is on, folks. Duncan Jones tweeted he wants to lose some weight for the Comic Con. My conspiracy-theory spider-sense is tingling. As you might remember, Duncan Jones showed off the Warcraft Movie teaser at San Diego Comic Con 2014. That teaser was exclusive to attendees, and recordings were forbidden. To this day, not a single video has appeared online for it.

Considering Duncan Jones visited ILM, and ILM visited Blizzard Entertainment a few days ago, one might extrapolate Duncan might be getting ready to show the Warcraft Movie trailer at San Diego Comic Con any time through July 9-12, 2015. It might be a stretch, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Check out Duncan’s tweet.

This is mere speculation, as no official date has been announced for the debut of the Warcraft Movie trailer. The Warcraft Movie is slated to hit theaters on March 11, 2016.


Speculation: Warcraft Movie Trailer to debut at 2015 San Diego Comic Con?

Speculation: Warcraft Movie Trailer to debut at 2015 SDCC?

Duncan Jones Visited ILM to Oversee Progress on Warcraft Movie’s FX

Duncan Jones tweeted he is supervising work done at ILM to oversee progress on the Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft movie. After sending him a quick tweet about what his visit’s purpose is, he replied: “We have a huge amount of FX work, so I go on regular trips to ILM to mess up everyone’s comfortable routine! ;)”

For those wondering what ILM stands for, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is an American Academy Award-winning motion picture visual effects company — a division of Lucasfilm. You can browse their past works over at the ILM.com website.

Ramin Djawadi Finishing Warcraft Film Score

Duncan Jones tweeted Ramin Djawadi and himself are working on the Warcraft film’s musical score. Duncan originally announced Ramin’s participation back in January 6. So it’s awesome to hear about progress two months after. If you love the Game of Thrones (HBO) series intro, then you have heard Ramin’s work.

Ramin Djawadi Finishing Warcraft Film Score

We are 367 days away from the Warcraft Film premiere. We have tweeted Duncan often we want to see more of these updates. Here’s hoping he passes the word down to the powers above at Legendary Entertainment.

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Warcraft Film – Duncan Jones Says CGI is a tool that can be done well

Director Duncan Jones has been on fire tweeting short statements on his twitter account about the Warcraft film and about CGI in general, in response to criticism toward CGI as a tool in some films. He must be very excited to see how the Warcraft film is coming along in post-production. What do you think?

Duncan said recently: “I would say that we fit somewhere between Planet of the Apes, Fellowship of the Ring and Avatar.”

“The best CGI has you forgetting its CGI, and accepting the visual as whatever it is supposed to be.”

“Like props. No one has an issue with “props” in film, do they?”

“Weta also made planet of the Apes. The style is a choice made by the creative team. How the tool is used, not the tool itself!”

“You know as well as I do, game to film adaptions have a checkered past, but Im proud of this beast. It’s unique. Its something special.” (source)

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Today, Duncan said: “I hear this “CGI in film sucks,” mantra again & again. It doesnt. Its a tool like any other. It can be done well & it can be done shit.”

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Ramin Djawadi Scoring Warcraft Movie Music Theme

Ramin Djawadi Scoring Warcraft MovieManMadeMovies (UK) spotted and got a translation of an interview made by chinese movie-site Mtime to the Warcraft Movie director Duncan Jones. Duncan revealed Ramin Djawadi is scoring the music theme for the Warcraft Movie. Ramin Djawadi is a music composer known for his scoring of Iron Man (2008), Pacific Rim (2013) and Prison Break (2005).

This is the first time Duncan Jones has been interviewed about the Warcraft Movie after BlizzCon 2014. In addition, ILM Jeff White (known for Marvel’s Hulk) is visual effects supervisor of the Warcraft Movie along with Bill Westenhofer.

Below is a video of one of Ramin’s score for the Game of Thrones (HBO). The Warcraft Movie is slated to premiere in theaters on March 11, 2016.

BlizzCon 2014 Warcraft Movie Trailer Impressions by Yanmo Zhang

Director Duncan Jones and Legendary Pictures welcomed fans to the Warcraft Movie museum where they displayed armor, weapons and props used during the filming. In addition, fans were able to watch an exclusive Warcraft Movie trailer with actors in action and landscape visuals. Bad news is no one will ever watch the Warcraft Movie trailer online.

Our staff member DPerschonok (Naka) watched it, and no one was allowed to take photos nor video. Good thing there is nothing stopping artists from recreating it.

Yanmo Zhang — a Blizzard Entertainment freelance artist from China — was invited to BlizzCon 2014 by the video games studio. After drooling over the Warcraft Movie trailer (and watching it three times no less), he decided to use his talent to recreate some of the scenes he watched to share them with fans across the world.

BlizzCon 2014 – Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel Transcript

Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) interviewed the BlizzCon 2014 Warcraft Movie Presentation panelists: Duncan Jones (Warcraft Movie director), Chris Metzen (Co-producer/writer), Bill Westenhofer (visual effects supervisor), and Rob Kazinsky (Orgrim/actor).

We have a full transcript of the panel to share with you. Learn the latest Warcraft Movie updates straight from the source. Use the navigator at the bottom of the page to browse through all 4-pages. Submit transcript corrections here.

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BlizzCon 2014 – The Warcraft Movie Museum

Blizzplanet member @dperschonok took photos of the Warcraft Movie museum room set up at BlizzCon 2014 for all fans’ delight. Duncan Jones and Legendary Pictures filled the room with props, armor and weapons used in the Warcraft Movie.

BlizzCon 2014 – Warcraft Movie Actor Roles Revealed

The Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel at BlizzCon 2014 revealed the roles of many actors. Stay tuned for the panel transcript sometime during the next couple of weeks.

Lothar – Travis Fimmel
Durotan – Toby Kebbell
Medivh – Ben Foster
Gul’dan – Daniel Wu
Lady Taria Wrynn – Ruth Negga
Blackhand – Clancy Brown
Khadgar – Ben Schnetzer
Garona – Paula Patton
King Llane Wrynn – Dominic Cooper
Orgrim Doomhammer – Robert Kazinsky

Warcraft Movie Preview Expected at BlizzCon 2014

A year ago, when asked during the Warcraft Movie panel Q&A when there would be a preview, Duncan Jones answered “next year’s BlizzCon panel is going to have a hell of a lot of interesting things to show.”

The BlizzCon 2014 schedule shows the Warcraft Movie Presentation panel will happen on Friday, November 7th between 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM PST. It is very likely a movie preview is shown. Those who won’t attend BlizzCon may still purchase the virtual ticket to watch online.

If you missed the movie presentation panel last year, we have a full transcript.

Check out other panel transcripts in our BlizzCon 2013 Panel Transcripts Archive.

SDCC 2014 – Duncan Jones Signing at Blizzard Booth Photos

Photos have begun to flood the social networks showing Duncan Jones signing Warcraft Movie posters at the Blizzard Entertainment booth# 115.

Blizzplanet staff member Danny (@dperschonok) was among the lucky fans to get one of the 200 tickets for this signing event. He’s extremely happy to have gotten a Warcraft Movie poster signed by Duncan Jones.

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SDCC 2014 – Official Warcraft Movie Logo Revealed

Legendary Pictures has revealed the official Warcraft movie logo in the eve of San Diego Comic Con. Those heading down to SDCC should grab their tickets early at 11am at the Blizzard booth # 115 (Hall A). Only 200 tickets will be given. Those lucky ones to get a ticket will be able to take the line for the Duncan Jones signing.

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Blizzplanet staff member @dperschonok (Naka) will be at the Blizzard panel and the Warcraft Movie panel. Make sure to check us back for any updates. We’ll have video and HD photos.


Duncan Jones Signing—Saturday, July 26, 2 p.m.

Duncan Jones, director of Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft movie, will be at our booth signing autographs for 200 lucky attendees. In order to get a chance to be included in the signing, stop by our Blizzard booth at 11 a.m. on Saturday to receive a ticket to participate. These tickets are being given on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to plan a stop at our booth early. But wait, there’s more! On Friday, during #LootCrazy redemption between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., we will be giving away one golden ticket as a prize. This rare treasure will grant the holder the chance to have a one-on-one chat with Duncan Jones!

 


Legendary Entertainment Panel

Legendary Pictures presents a panel featuring their upcoming slate of highly anticipated films.

When: Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 12:25pm – 1:10pm
Where: Hall H

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Warcraft Movie: Ben Foster Plays Medivh the Last Guardian

IGN interviewed X-Men: The Last Stand actor Ben Foster who revealed he plays the role of Medivh the Last Guardian in the Warcraft Movie. Foster also had the chance to see some test footage of motion-capture and mentions while Medivh doesn’t have any motion-capture, there are characters and creatures in his proximity onscreen that do use motion-capture.

Ben Foster: “The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer,” Foster revealed. “He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle.” — source: IGN

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