Warcraft Film Casting – Paul Dano, Travis Fimmel, Anson Mount & Anton Yelchin

Yesterday, Deadline reported Mission Impossible 4 actress Paula Patton was already in the negotiating table to join the cast. Colin Farrell is rumored to be 50/50 and hasn’t taken a decision yet.

Deadline updated today at 10am three new actors sought for lead roles in the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment.

These new actors are Paul Dano, Travis Fimmel, Anson Mount and Anton Yelchin.

You may remember Paul Dano in Loopers (2012) and Cowboys & Aliens (2011).

Travis Fimmel from Tarzan (TV Series 2003), The Experiment (2010) and Vikings (2013).

Anson Mount from Dollhouse (Tv Series 2009), Hell on Wheels (TV Series 2011) and Seal Team Six.

Anton Yelchin played as Chekov in the Star Trek Into Darkness film.

source: Deadline

Warcraft Film Casting – Paula Patton & Colin Farrell Rumored

Deadline informs Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment are casting for the Warcraft film.

Paula Patton is negotiating a lead role. Bleeding Cool says she is going for Lady Taria — wife of King Llane. Paula Patton is known for her role as Jane Carter in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2011) with Tom Cruise, and the upcoming Mission Impossible 5 (2015).

I am not too certain Bleeding Cool got the name right. If the rumor that the film is going with the Medivh and Khadgar era (The First War) was true, what would make sense is to see King Adamant Wrynn III and his wife Varia — parents of a younger Prince Llane.

Warcraft Film “Conflagration” Based on Prince Arthas Menethil?

ARTHASRumors have circulated for a few weeks the plot for the Warcraft film is based on Khadgar and Medivh — rumor ignited by Bleeding Cool on July 31. That sets the story during the First War as depicted in the first Warcraft game titled Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994). Players kill Medivh in mission # 8 of the Human campaign as seen in our single-player guide.

A day ago, Production Weekly tweeted Legendary Pictures is shooting the Warcraft film on January 13th in Vancouver.

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The CMPP stands for Canadian Motion Picture Park.

A contact who asked to remain as an anonymous source has provided me the Production Weekly – Issue 861 – Thursday, August 29, 2013 which contains 104 film listings (including the Warcraft film) and 22 pages. The PDF sent to me contains indeed 22 pages, and it is dated Thursday, August 29th.

Due to the notice at the end of the document, I am not able to copy/paste or quote the entry:

“Production Weekly is intended for the personal use of its recipients. Mass forwarding or redistribution of this email or posting of this list or any information derived from the list on any web
site or message board in its entirety or in part without the written permission of the list administrator is neither permitted nor within the spirit of the efforts put into its creation. Copyright 2013 by Production Weekly All Rights Reserved.”

I’ll try to paraphrase instead without directly quoting word by word.

The Warcraft Film is codenamed “Conflagration”. That’s synonymous with War or Conflict according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As well as Inferno, and Holocaust. Curiously, it’s also a mage spell.

However, what I just read in this Production Weekly document of 22 pages is a short description that includes Prince Arthas Menethil. The way this is phrased seems to tell the story of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, but may also be a reference to Christie Golden’s novel World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King — which covers his younger years as a child and a teen, including his ordering as a Paladin in the Order of the Silver Hand.

Could go any of both ways — the novel way (which includes Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos) or the RTS game way. The novel truly expanded Arthas’ story and personality. However, all the events of the Orcs, Night Elves and Scourge campaign were skipped in the novel. The way the film could work is mixing a little bit of both plots.

Keep in mind the story in the Production Weekly might be misdirection, inaccurate, or even outdated. Take with a grain of salt, and not as “Fact”.

UPDATE

I have been investigating some of the information in this PDF file to verify authenticity. Following the address in Google Maps it is indeed a Vancouver address. The email of the production led me to another public website (acting-auditions.org) that is listing the same info seen in the Production Weekly. As such, I will directly quote the short film description also seen in the Production Weekly #861.

His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice – his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner’zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas’s path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

If you re-read that description, it is not specifically saying this is a Lich King film. It is the story that led Arthas to become the Lich King — aka the human campaign in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Part of the RTS game’s human campaign plot is fleshed out in the Christie Golden novel. If you have read that novel, you will know how cool the film might be if this was not a rumor or flavor description for misdirection of the real plot.

Now the Duncan Jones “mood piece” shown at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con (read more) shows a human warrior and an orc. The novel didn’t have much screen time for orcs.

Mixing the great qualities of Arthas’ story from the novel, and adding some scenes of the RTS orc campaign could potentially add some nice battles, without sacrificing the depth of a well-written story with Prince Arthas as the central figure.

There were battle scenes when Thrall freed Grom Hellscream from the Humans. There was another humans vs orcs battle in the Echo Isles. However, most of the Human Campaign dealt with Arthas and Jaina going to Andorhal where they found Kel’Thuzad and the Scourge plaguing the grains. Later, the Culling of Stratholme. The travel to Northrend, and the eventual scene of Arthas and Muradin finding the runeblade Frostmourne.

Can all this story, and that of the orc campaign be crammed into a single film? Sounds like mission impossible, it has a lot of potential, but then again — this plot is not yet “factual” nor confirmed.

UPDATE # 2

And here is another reason why this Arthas plot could be true; or it could also either be misdirection, or inaccurate. The same text flavor used in the Production Weekly and in the casting website comes straight from the Christie Golden’s World of Warcraft: Arthas novel as seen in the Simon & Schuster website.

Warcraft Film Shooting Scheduled to Roll Cameras on January 13 at Vancouver

Production Weekly tweeted that Legendary has setup offices at CMPP Studios for the filming of Warcraft scheduled to begin January 13th. The filming will take place in Vancouver.

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That’s absolutely exciting! Filming begins within the next four months — which means headlines about the casting crew will begin to flood the internet very soon.

Director Duncan Jones revealed a Warcraft film mood piece at the San Diego Comic Con depicting a human and an orc fighting in a setting similar to Blasted Lands or Hellfire Peninsula according to attendees who watched it.

Rumors have it the film will feature Khadgar and Medivh — set during the First War. To learn more about that, read Warcraft: The Last Guardian (reprinted in the WarCraft Archive)

Source: TheCollider

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SDCC 2013 – Legendary Entertainment Duncan Jones Reveals Warcraft Film Teaser

Cesar (Blizzplanet-ES) informed me io9 broke the news that Legendary Entertainment director Duncan Jones has revealed a teaser trailer of the Warcraft Film. No one has been able to find a video as it took everyone by surprise.

Duncan Jones mentioned this is a “mood piece” of live action footage, and confirms the shooting of the film will begin early 2014. Some people describe the teaser “mood piece” as gritty and similar to “300”. On another note, Duncan Jones and Legendary invite fans to send questions about the Warcraft film at hashtag: #AskWarcraft

I will be diligently searching for the teaser trailer.

io9: “Holy crap, there was a big surprise at the Legendary/Warner Bros. panel just now. We saw the-first ever teaser for the World of Warcraft movie, in which a mighty armored warrior goes head-to-head with a huge green orc.” …

“And director Duncan Jones came out and told the crowd that he always wanted to make movies where “you delve into fantasy” — and this project is a dream come true, because he gets to create a whole world. And he announced that he starts filming in early 2014.” — source

On Thursday, July 18th – a fan asked Chris Metzen if Warcraft film info would be coming out on BlizzCon. Chris slowly looked at his watch hinting something was about to happen within a short time.

On Saturday, July 20th — Legendary Entertainment debuted a Warcraft film “mood piece” teaser of a human versus an orc. After the “mood piece”, Duncan Jones appeared on-stage and screams in a geeky-fashion revealing that the shooting of the Warcraft film is confirmed to be early 2014. Video below:

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Blizzplanet Coverage: San Diego Comic Con 2013

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Deadline States Legendary Entertainment Might Announce Partner Before SDCC 2013

Deadline reports Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull is likely to make an announcement this week about the new partnership after departing the expired eight-year contract with Warner Bros.

The two top candidates are Comcast and NBCUniversal. According to Deadline, Comcast offered a tempting offer.

Other potential partners are rumored to be Lionsgate, Sony, and Fox.

San Diego Comic Con starts next week — where Legendary Pictures has a panel about its 2013 film lineup. This might be a good timing to make a partnership announcement.

Deadline.com — EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Legendary Entertainment‘s Thomas Tull could announce his selection of a new film/television financial, distribution, marketing, and production partnership as early as this week after kicking tires all over Hollywood. And insiders tell me that Comcast is his choice barring some last-minute over-the-top offer from a rival media giant. “NBCUniversal has been the likely candidate from the beginning. — source

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Warcraft Film – Thomas Tull Expectations are High, Script Not Finished

io9 attended the Pacific Rim press roundtable in San Francisco and cornered Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull to ask about the Warcraft film.

Tull doesn’t mention the recent break up with Warner Bros, nor the comment by producer Charles Roven concerning the the Warcraft film’s 2014 shooting.

He reveals the script is not yet finished, but he feels they are close to reach a point when they can begin shooting the film. However, they wish to make sure this won’t be another video game film gone “teh Suck”. He’s also excited to have Duncan Jones directing the Warcraft film.

Thomas Tull: You start with that exact question… I think, as a gamer myself, a lot of times what has happened in the past is, studios have said, ‘How many people play that game? Okay, then that means they’ll probably all go and buy tickets.’ That is an incredibly poor way to make a movie.

So for us, it’s [like], We don’t know how to make a movie out of Warcraft, the video game. [Instead], it’s the incredible story, and the war, and these races, and everything these guys at Blizzard [Entertainment] have come up with. They have 100 books, and just this incredibly rich world that they’ve created.

And so having Duncan Jones realize that for us was exciting. We’ve also taken our time, because we absolutely don’t want to screw it up. And I think we’re getting close to a place [where] we’re ready to go. And when the script is finished, and when we feel like, ‘Forget whether or not there’s a built-in audience. Does this stand on its own, and is it great?’ Then we’ll start filming. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re under suspicion of going there. And Duncan is one of those directors that you just [say], ‘This guy gets it.’

The next two years are going to be pretty exciting, I think. — source

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Breaking News: Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros End Partnership, Warcraft Film Continues

According to Hollywood Reporter, it is now official. With the expiration of their 8-year partnership contract, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros have gone their separate ways. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull recently said a new partner might be decided within the next 60 days.

Legendary Pictures has been preparing for the end of the contract and have secured enough capital to launch its own films. Apparently, the Warcraft film shouldn’t suffer delays due to this situation.

Among the prospects rumored, Legendary has NBCUniversal and SONY. However, other candidates might appear in the next few weeks.

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Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros 8-Year Parnertship Contract Expires Soon – NBC Universal Interested

Breaking news. TheWrap award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman posted today that Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull might be looking at offers from rival studios to decide whether or not to renew contract with Warner Bros.

The Legendary Pictures contract with Warner Bros is nigh at the end of its 8-year agreement. Right now, Thomas Tull hasn’t taken any decisions, but he will have one within the next 60 days (2 months).

This might be critical in a few ways. Recently, the Duncan Jones-directed Warcraft film was confirmed to start rolling cameras on the first quarter of 2014.

If Thomas Tull renews the contract with Warner Bros, everything keeps moving forward. However, if Legendary Pictures signed in with another studios the outcome is unknown for current and upcoming projects’ schedules.

According to The Wrap, the big studio eyeing Legendary Pictures is no other than NBC Universal. Now this part of the breaking news is extremely interesting. NBC Universal was founded in August 2004 after the merger of General Electric’s NBC with Vivendi’s Vivendi Universal Entertainment.

Activision Blizzard was a merger between Activision, Inc. and Vivendi Games. Unless there have been any changes since 2007, former Management Board of Vivendi and Chairman of Vivendi Games René Penisson is currently Chairman Activision Blizzard.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has been meeting with rival studios to decide whether he wants to leave Warner’s when his contract is up at the end of the year on the heels of tension with executives there. He said last week he’d decide within 60 days.

NBCU is in first position to make the deal, which could be done by the end of the week, one of the individuals said. It would be a multi-pronged partnership involving distribution rights to Tull’s movies, co-financing of Universal movies and television partnership. — source

Probably, it would be a good idea to sign another 8-years with Warner Bros. The Man of Steel with Cavill has been successful, and Man of Steel 2 is already rumored (listed) at IMDB. The issue here for Legendary Pictures is that Warner Bros owns DC Entertainment (DC Comics) and the Superman license.

The Man of Steel cost 225 million and has earned $398.3 million worldwide up to this point, currently third-place at the box office in United States (ComingSoon.net).

Warner Bros owns the following properties: Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, TheWB.com, and DC Entertainment. Warner is also co-owner of the CW Television Network.

NBCUniversal Media, LLC owns the following subsidiaries: NBC, Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts, Focus Features, Telemundo, USA Network, Syfy, Chiller, E!, G4, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC.com, NBCNews.com, iVillage, PictureBox Movies, Bravo, Style, Telemundo Television Studios, The Weather Channel, ShopNBC, and Hulu. Divisions: NBCUniversal Television Group, NBC News, NBC Sports Group. In turn NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast. Comcast has holdings on Style Network, and the Golf Channel.

As of 2012, Comcast had a revenue of US$ 62.570 billion. Its subsidiary, NBCUniversal had a revenue of US$ 21.124 Billion in 2011.

As of 2012, Warner Bros revenue was US$ 12 billion.

What do you think about the possibility of Legendary Pictures joining NBC Universal? Would you rather want Legendary Pictures to renew contract with Warner Bros?

Recent Warcraft Film news

May 31, 2013 – Recently, Charles Roven (producer) announced plans to begin shooting the Warcraft film early 2014.

April 30, 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Careers Team was looking for a Storyboard Artist with Film experience (instead of Cinematics experience).

April 25, 2013 – Bill Westenhoffer joined Legendary Pictures as VFX Supervisor for the Warcraft Film.

My rundown on Warcraft film news and activity spanning 2012 – 2013 can be found here.

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Producer Charles Roven – Warcraft Film to start shootings on early 2014

legendary-pictures-charles-rovenDuring an interview with SlashFilm, producer Charles Roven revealed plans to start shooting the Warcraft film during the first quarter of 2014. It’s possible the Warcraft film might hit the big screen around 2015.

“First quarter 2014 we’re going to shoot that movie. We’re moving forward; obviously Legendary is making that film and I’m having a great time with Duncan.” — said Charles Roven.

Charles Roven produced Man of Steel (2013), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Get Smart (2008), and Twelve Monkeys (1995) — just to name a few heavy hitters.

2015 … Orly? Yarly!

It is interesting to hear the Warcraft film will hit the big screen on 2015. Not because of what you might think, but because a lot of films are scheduled to hit 2015 too.

Could the Warcraft film be at the top of the box office in 2015? Maybe. However, take a look at all the tough contenders the Warcraft film might be fighting against at the Box office. Let’s see some of the known films to arrive on 2015.

MARCH

  • The Fantastic Four (Reboot) – March 6
  • The Penguins of Madagascar – March 27

MAY

  • The Avengers 2 – May 1
  • Assassin’s Creed – May 22

JUNE

  • Justice League (DC Comics) TBD
  • B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations – June 1
  • Inside Out (Disney/Pixar) – June 19

JULY

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – July 10
  • The Smurfs 3 – July 24
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 – July 25

NOVEMBER

  • Ant-Man (Marvel) – November 6

DECEMBER

  • Kung Fu Panda 3 – December 23

2015 UNANNOUNCED / NO DATE

  • Jurassic Park IV
  • Avatar 2
  • Popeye
  • Star Wars: Episode VII
  • Untitled Batman Reboot
  • Prometheus Sequel
  • Mission: Impossible V
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • WarCraft
  • The Raven Pitch
  • Perfect 2
  • Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • American Sniper
  • Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger II: The Green Destiny

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Blizzard Entertainment Seeks Storyboard Artist with Film Experience

Nick Carpenter (Blizzard VP of Art and Cinematic Development) posted a call for a Storyboard Artist with film experience.

You must be able to relocate to Irvine, CA. The project the Storyboard Artist will work on is unknown. Storyboard. Film experience. At a first glance one might quickly think: Warcraft film. However, there is much more Blizzard Entertainment is working on.

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Blizzplanet: Speculation-mode On

We absolutely don’t know what this position is for. That clear, I can think of few projects that might fit the bill.

  • Warcraft film: VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer joined recently. A storyboard artist at this point makes sense.

  • Next-Gen MMO: Lot of “if”s here. If the Next-Gen MMO was to be announced this BlizzCon (November 8-9), if they were to unveil a cinematic teaser, and if they haven’t started working on the cinematic basics — they might need a storyboard artist for the Next-Gen MMO team. Can Blizzard pull that off in less than 6 months? Too Challenging.

  • StarCraft: Ghost: It’s just a matter of when it will be announced, you know it. I can hear some fans pop the argument: “Oh but [x] team is busy on [y] project — it’s not happening any time soon.” So I will pop the argument-slapper: “.. but, a new team was created out of the blue to develop Hearthstone!” Any new teams might be created to handle new games at any time. Or teams we don’t know yet exist might be working on a game as we speak? — [plays Twilight Zone music theme]

  • Hearthstone: Hmm, why not. It’s going into beta in a few weeks from now. I have all Blizzard PC games, and I have never seen a Blizzard game without a cinematic intro.

  • StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void: It’s been a month and a half since Heart of the Swarm launched. What are the chances Legacy of the Void is already in development? Did you see how many cinematics and cutscenes Heart of the Swarm had? Crazy and awesome, right?

  • World of Warcraft expansion: It’s no secret Blizzard aims to ship WoW expansions faster — within the 16 months window. Mists of Pandaria shipped on September 25, 2012. It’s been 7 months since it went live. By November, it will be 13 months and a half since MOP went live. Beta tests last around 6 months. Thus, there is a mismatch there for the 16th month shipping milestone. Either way, cinematic team might begin work any time. Hiring a Storyboard artist makes sense here too.

  • Short film: The Diablo III: Wrath short was short of awesome. Blizzard might show a short based on any of the current and upcoming IPs.

  • Diablo III expansion: It’s been basically a year (May 12) since Diablo III went live. By BlizzCon (Nov 7-8) it will be 18 months. Nice timing for an expansion announcement. Add a few months before beta starts, plus at least six months of beta testing. Plenty of time for cinematic work.

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Henry Cavill Almost Misses Superman Man of Steel Role Due to World of Warcraft

In a very funny interview, actor Henry Cavill told IGN he almost misses the Man of Steel role when director Zack Snyder called him by phone to give him the role and he was in the middle of a World of Warcraft dungeon, and let the phone ring unanswered.

When he checked the caller ID, his eyes nigh pop. He ditched Zack Snyder’s phone call to continue playing WoW … more at IGN.

That really makes me wonder. If there was a cast call for the Warcraft film … would Henry Cavill be among them?

To follow Warcraft film latest news visit Blizzplanet, and follow these Twitter pages: Nick Carpenter, Duncan Jones, and Stuart Fenegan.

Blizzplanet’s Warcraft film news section.

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Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment Welcome Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Westenhofer

Legendary Pictures and Blizzard Entertainment welcome “Life of Pi” 2013 Academy Award winner Bill Westenhofer to the Warcraft film as Visual Effects Supervisor. Blizzard Entertainment VP of Art and Cinematic Development Nick Carpenter and Bill Westenhofer were at a meeting today to discuss matters concerning the Warcraft film. Welcome aboard, Bill. — Twitter

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Going down memory lane, Bill Westenhofer made headlines in the gaming news networks as the World of Warcraft guild leader who won an Oscar back in 2008 (Kotaku). Bill plays a mage in the Kil’jaeden server.

Listen to Bill Westenhofer’s speech at the Best Visual Effects Oscar award:

Bill Westenhofer – Bios

bill-westenhofer-visual-effects-supervisor-warcraft-filmAcademy Award winner Bill Westenhofer is leading the Rhythm & Hues creative team for “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee for 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Bill served as the vfx supervisor on “The A-Team” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” for Fox, and the comedy adventure “Land of the Lost” for Universal Pictures.

In 2008, Bill received the Academy Award® for Achievement in Visual Effects for overseeing the work of hundreds of R&H digital artists on “The Golden Compass.” He also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Special Visual Effects for the same film. Bill was previously Oscar nominated for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Bill’s other supervisory credits include “Elf,” “The Rundown,” “Men in Black II,” “Cats & Dogs,” “Stuart Little” I and II, “Frequency” and “Babe: Pig in the City,” the latter a BAFTA nominee.

Beginning as a technical director with Rhythm & Hues in 1994, Bill’s lighting and effects animation work was featured in “Batman Forever” and numerous commercials. He was promoted to CG supervisor for “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” and continued in that role for “Spawn,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Kazaam” and “Waterworld.”

Bill holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University.

What is a Visual Effects Supervisor (VFX)’s role?

The role of a VFX supervisor is to oversee and carry out all the visual effect needs of the script throughout the pre-production phase all the way to post-production phase. Bill Westenhofer will meet with Duncan Jones (director), Chris Metzen (co-producer / story), Stuart Fenegan (executive producer), Charles Levitt (screenplay / story) and Nick Carpenter (VP of Art and Cinematic Development) quitely often throughout the next two years. Read more about the role of a VFX supervisor.

Warcraft Film Launch Date Soon

In our recent article we talked about the interview between Collider and Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull. The Warcraft film launch date will be announced soon.

Want to be up-to-date on everything about the Warcraft film? Visit Blizzplanet often, and read our Warcraft Film section covering its news since 2008.

Warcraft Film Release Date to be Announced Soon

Collider recently interviewed Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull to talk about several movies including Warcraft, Pacific Rim, Superman’s Man of Steel, 42 and Godzilla.

There was no direct quote, but Collider mentioned Thomas Tull added that we’ll soon be hearing updates regarding the production status, script, and release date.

Thomas Tull said we will learn more about the Warcraft film “soon”. It’s hard to say if it is “soon” or “soon™” (Blizzard-style). Unless we see this new wave of info via Press Release, I see no other avenue other than BlizzCon — to be held on November 8-9th. By the way, if your calendar says April 24 then BlizzCon ticket sales are today at 7pm PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT.

thomas-tull-1Collider: Something that I think a lot of fans have been waiting for is the first kick ass video game movie. You guys at Legendary have partnered up with Warner Brothers to deliver some of the best comic book movies that have ever been made, so what’s it going to take to make the best video game movie that’s ever been made?

Tull: I think first of all is to lose the fact that it’s a video game movie and just concentrate on do you have a story that’s worth telling? Because if you look back to the 80’s, comic book movies were not anywhere near what they are today.

They weren’t given the resources and you didn’t have the level of directors that you have today working on these things. I think with video games it’s just become much more sophisticated storytelling, hard to do a movie off of Pong, but today when you have stuff like Mass Effect, you have things like Warcraft, you have things like Skyrim where very cool worlds have been created, that’s what we’re attracted to.

We took our time with Warcraft because just saying “How many people play the game? Well then that means X number of people will buy a ticket.” That’s a death trap, that’s the surest way to make a crap movie, and that’s not an option. So we took our time wanted to make sure that we used all the canon that’s been built up over years and years by Blizzard. We’re huge believers in Duncan Jones, and I think what we’re going to bring to screen and to bear with Duncan, he is going to break that mold because it’s going to have the resources, the talent around it, and a Field General in Duncan Jones. It’s, again, the reason we took our time, made sure we had the right guy, the right person to make the movie, and then it will speak for itself when it comes out. — source: Collider

Rumor: Ao Tong (a Blizzplanet fan) buzzed us the IMDB listed Bill Westenhofer as the Warcraft film visual effects supervisor. Back in time in memory lane, Bill Westenhofer is the World of Warcraft guild leader who won an Oscar back in 2008. Bill plays a mage in the Kil’jaeden server.

I want to make crystal clear it’s not confirmed that Bill Westenhofer is the Warcraft film visual effects supervisor. This is set as a rumor until confirmed. For experience, not everything I have seen in IMDB is true. I am waiting for response on this matter to confirm or debunk the IMDB listing. Stay tuned to the front page.

Bill Westenhofer – Bios

Academy Award winner Bill Westenhofer is leading the Rhythm & Hues creative team for “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee for 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Bill served as the vfx supervisor on “The A-Team” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” for Fox, and the comedy adventure “Land of the Lost” for Universal Pictures.

In 2008, Bill received the Academy Award® for Achievement in Visual Effects for overseeing the work of hundreds of R&H digital artists on “The Golden Compass.” He also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Special Visual Effects for the same film. Bill was previously Oscar nominated for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Bill’s other supervisory credits include “Elf,” “The Rundown,” “Men in Black II,” “Cats & Dogs,” “Stuart Little” I and II, “Frequency” and “Babe: Pig in the City,” the latter a BAFTA nominee.

Beginning as a technical director with Rhythm & Hues in 1994, Bill’s lighting and effects animation work was featured in “Batman Forever” and numerous commercials. He was promoted to CG supervisor for “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” and continued in that role for “Spawn,” “Mouse Hunt,” “Kazaam” and “Waterworld.”

Bill holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University.

Warcraft Film – Duncan Jones visits Blizzard Entertainment

Duncan Jones (MOON, WARCRAFT director) and Stuart Fenegan (WARCRAFT Executive Producer) visited Blizzard Entertainment on March 19th for a jam session with Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter, and James Waugh (among others). Even Russell Brower (Director of Audio/Composer).

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According to Duncan Jones, the WARCRAFT Film has officially begun? huh? Does that mean casting soon? What exactly does “Im making a film right now” mean?

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Warcraft Film – Motion-Picture

The World of Warcraft twitter account messaged the Warcraft film director Duncan Jones the following: “We can’t wait to see your vision of Azeroth in motion-picture form!”

I can’t believe how often we get to hear tiny updates and teases from several Blizzard developers, executives and even Duncan Jones. I am absolutely loving it. I love the fact they are open about sharing tidbits. It spells good things for the future when actual actors begin to be cast, and scenes start to be filmed — because chances are Duncan Jones and Blizzard developers might be as open then as they are now.

Grab your popcorn and enjoy the ride. It’s gonna be an exciting two-years of production.

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Duncan Jones Teases Working on the Warcraft Film Today

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This is hopefully going to spark life into the hearts of millions of fans awaiting the Warcraft film, and seriously choke the trolls and naysayers that called it vaporware.

Following Duncan Jones’ visit to the Blizzard Entertainment Irvine Headquarters a few days ago to talk with Blizzard VP of Creative and Franchise Development Chris Metzen — Duncan Jones posted today two tweets one right after the other.

One Tweet saidProducer Liberty Stu put this on my table while I was writing the other day. Not sure if it was a gift or a threat!

Curious about the picture link, I checked it out. It was a freaking “Epic Weapons Warcraft Doomhammer Replica”!!! Liberty Stu placed it on Duncan Jones’ table. Now you would ask — who in the world is Liberty Stu? Well … he’s Stuart Fenegan — the Executive Producer of the WARCRAFT film (Producer of MOON, Co-Producer of SOURCE CODE).

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The second tweet said: “Writing today! I can’t wait! 🙂

Curious, as I always am, I candidly sent a tweet to Duncan Jones to ask if the Doomhammer and his “writing today” comment meant that he was actually writing some scenes for the Warcraft film based on the script — considering he visited Chris Metzen recently.

Duncan Jones responded: “Absolutely!

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There you go guys … the Warcraft film is full-speed ahead.

The big question is if Blizzard is going to make any big reveals about the Warcraft film at BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9th). Or much much earlier? We want teasers. We want to hear when the role cast begins. We want to see photos of actors in scenes. We want viral teasers. OH YEAH! We want geeks teasing geeks. <3

Warcraft Film Activity Since 2012

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I think we have reached a moment in time when we can finally talk more abroad about the Warcraft film after months and years of partial hiatus.

The fans have awaited the Warcraft film by Legendary Pictures since 2006 — announced that year at BlizzCon.

Many things have happened news-wise since then, but I’m going to stick to the activity these past six months. Make sure to check out all reference links to be up to date on what’s happened in this six months time-frame.

On July.13.2012, Sam Raimi revealed to CraveOnline at San Diego Comic Con 2012 he was no longer director of the Warcraft film.

With Sam Raimi gone, anything we might have learned or heard since his inception into the Warcraft film is scrapped. Finito. It all started from scratch. Anew.

Let’s pretend those past six years (since 2006) did not exist. The Warcraft film now starts from the moment Charles Levitt gets assigned as screenwriter and Duncan Jones is assigned as new director.

On August.2.2012, Charles Levitt was assigned as new screenwriter of the Warcraft Film. — according to Variety

On September 2012, Nick Carpenter (Blizzard VP of Art & Cinematic Development) tweeted Blizzplanet to share casting ideas. The community sent us some interesting actor/actress names and roles.

On October 2012 – I really don’t dare to make speculations about Pixar having anything to do with the Warcraft film. We only know what Rob Pardo tweeted on October 12th: “Excited to have Mark Andrews from Pixar down at Blizzard today!”

Cameron Dayton also tweeted (on October 12, 2012) that Mark Andrews and Blizzard developers were at the Improv (a comedy club) located at Irvine Spectrum Center.

We have known Blizzard Entertainment invites celebrity personalities to their studios, and basically anyone can request a tour simply by emailing [email protected]

To make an example, film actress Michele Morrow was invited by Blizzard artist Mark Gibbons (Red Knuckle). In short, PIXAR’s visit at Blizzard might have nothing to do with the Warcraft film. So have them in the back of your mind in the meantime.

A few weeks ago, January.30.2013, Blizzard Entertainment announced Duncan Jones — director of Source Code (2011) and Moon (2009) — is now the new director of the Warcraft film.

These six months have been a thrilling drumroll of activity.

A few days ago, Duncan Jones visited Blizzard Entertainment to talk to Chris Metzen and the Creative Team.

It’s happening folks! Hopefully, we can see something more concrete at BlizzCon 2013 (November 8-9).

Duncan Jones is looking for a freelance animator. He didn’t specify if his inquiry was about the Warcraft film, or any other unknown projects. Hypothetically, if this was for the Warcraft film, I’d think a freelancer animator could help developing animated sketches as a visual guide of some scenes to be later filmed with live actors.

Overall, I liked the direction Blizzard is taking with the Warcraft film, and that they aren’t keeping everything secret. They are very open about posting in Twitter.

In the meantime, grab your popcorn and keep watch on Duncan Jones Twitter. He seems to be very verbal about directing the Warcraft film. We need that. We also need teasers as soon and as often as possible.

Long live the Warcraft film! Slap in the face to the trolls! (and … gnomes)

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Pixar Visits Blizzard Entertainment

I am totally not making any assumptions nor triggering any speculation or rumor mills with this. Rob Pardo (Blizzard Entertainment Chief Creative Officer) posted this via Twitter, and anyone can read it.

Filmmaker Mark Andrews (Pixar) visited Blizzard Entertainment’s Irvine headquarters today. Andrews was story supervisor for The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and most recently director of Brave (2012).

Recently, Rob Pardo and Chris Metzen visited the Pixar offices to talk about storytelling during an in-house panel.

Me? I’m just informing our audience ((don’t kill the messenger)) and I’ll zip my mouth, and — ((hmmff-hmf hmfff Wthoomfff?)

…. unzips mouth — Ok, I’m pretty bad at keeping my opinion to myself. I’m not particularly believing this Pixar/Blizzard visiting each other has something to do with the Legendary Pictures Warcraft film. It could merely be mutual discussions about storytelling and animation, consulting, exchanging ideas.

On the other hand, we could speculate there is something more beyond what appearances show. On top of the Warcraft film (with live actors), there could be other projects like a StarCraft or Warcraft animated film down the line after the Legendary Pictures Warcraft film. Who knows?

Update: Cameron Dayton (Blizzard Entertainment Writer, Story Developer, and Transmedia consultant) posted this via Twitter: “Story session with Pixar’s Mark Andrews at the Improv.”

The Improv is a comedy club franchise located at Irvine Spectrum Center (71 Fortune Drive # 841 Irvine, CA 92618 USA.)