Warcraft Movie Sequel Not Ruled Out

During a Forbes interview, the new Senior VP of Story and Franchise development Lydia Bottegoni and in-game cinematic project director Terran Gregory talked about how women came to rule the world in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. At some point, the discussion shifted to the WARCRAFT movie by Legendary Pictures.

There is nothing concrete in the works, but there is enough leeway here to not rule out a Warcraft Movie sequel. Blizzard is still talking with Legendary. The second part of the response can also be interpreted as internal discussions for other type of projects beyond film: an Animated Series; or Netflix/Hulu live action series; or a TV series.

Newman: Are there other opportunities here for storytelling beyond the boundaries of the game universe at this point? Are there other projects in the works beyond the series of novels or game-supporting materials?

Bottegoni: The Warcraft movie, Legendary Pictures licensed that property for that movie and they still have an involvement in the licensing of the property. There’s a partnership there and there has to be work in tandem with Legendary. We are talking to them about it. There’s a lot of complexity.

I think that we can imagine that there will be further expressions of the franchise in the linear media space. What the right path for that is, there’s a lot of conversations going on around it. We definitely haven’t pinned that one down yet. — Source

Warcraft Movie Screening and Q&A on August 23, 2017

Duncan Jones announced the Warcraft Movie Screening and Q&A is taking place on August 23 at 7:30pm at the following cinema in Los Angeles:

TCL Chinese Theatres + IMAX
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Get your ticket reservations and relive the epic story of a battle for honor and justice.

At the end of the screening, Duncan Jones and Robert Kazinsky will answer questions from the attendees.

Warcraft Movie Screening


Warcraft Movie Anniversary Screening in LA in late August

According to director Duncan Jones via Twitter, there are plans for an Anniversary screening of the Warcraft movie in Los Angeles at the end of August. This event is still in preparation stage, and details will emerge soon. At the end of the screening, Duncan Jones and Robert Kazinsky (Orgrim) will hold a public Q&A with the audience.

On June 20, Duncan held a similar screening and Q&A event at Prince Charles Cinema in London. We got video and a quote about what Warcraft 2 might be about..

The Prince Charles Cinema: Duncan Jones Q&A Video

The Prince Charles Cinema (London) played the WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING film screening celebrating a year since it was viewed in cinemas. At the end, Mark Kermode interviewed Duncan Jones onstage, and later the audience was able to ask questions. The event took place on June 19, 2017 at 8:45pm (London time).

Duncan Jones said the movie was produced as the first chapter of a trilogy. However, the decision to film a sequel solely depends on Legendary Pictures, Universal Studios and Blizzard Entertainment.

Basically, the sequel would cover Christie Golden’s WARCRAFT: LORD OF THE CLANS, and the third part of the Warcraft film trilogy covers Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos — with Thrall leading the Horde to Kalimdor (a new homeland). Jump to 14:00 in the video for the quote shown below.

If you were to make a sequel, where would you take the story next?

Duncan: This first film was about establishing the world, and showing Durotan helping his son escape a dying planet. So to me, the ideal over the course of three films is for Thrall to fulfill that vision of Durotan, to create a new homeland for the orcs. So in the second film, it would be the adolescent years of that baby, and anyone who does know the Warcraft story know there is very much a kind of a Spartacus story that goes on with that character; and I would basically follow that through, and the human-side of it which is a little less clear as far as how that would follow; but basically there is an aftermath to this film which would need to be completed on the human-side, and on the orc-side it would be very much following that baby (Go’el), who is known as Thrall in the universe, and how he eventually creates the orc homeland.

My fascination with trying to do Warcraft in three films, and the idea of family is, I love the idea of Durotan has sacrificed himself so his son and the people he cares about can survive. I want to see that sacrifice pay off. That’s the trilogy. That’s the heart of the story.

Duncan Jones Q&A Video


Why Warcraft 2 Film is Feasible?

Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT film was made with a budget of $160 million, and earned $433 million worldwide. Most of the bad early reviews came from an ignorant writer in Forbes, and other film critic websites who acknowledged they knew absolutely nothing about the Warcraft mythos. Obviously, wouldn’t know why people like us who play the game and read the novels are deeply immersed and interested in the Warcraft universe, and in watching the film. I read many of those early bad reviews, even before the film premiered in the United States.

Some people wrongly think that a WARCRAFT 2 at this point isn’t feasible. It only made $433 million worldwide. Duncan Jones certainly is interested in a sequel, but he has said multiple times in his Twitter account that it is Legendary Pictures’ decision whether there is a sequel.

Warcraft Movie Durotan Nominated for 15th Annual VES Awards

The Visual Effects Society announced the Nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards. WARCRAFT’s Durotan is nominated for the Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature award.

Among the movies rubbing shoulders within that category are:

  • Warcraft; Durotan
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Niffler
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Grand Moff Tarkin
  • The Jungle Book; King Louie
  • The Jungle Book; Shere Khan


2016 Topps Warcraft Cards Cancelled

The Topps Warcraft Cards are no more. Last year, we reported details from the SDCC 2015 showfloor about upcoming licensed products. Among the licensees was TOPPS, which planned to launch a card collection based on the Warcraft Movie.

Topps Warcraft Cards

It is now official that TOPPS has cancelled development. They did no offer any details concerning the cancellation. It is not unusual, however, for companies to announce a licensed product, then cancel it when licensing doesn’t get ironed out in time. I have seen that happen before with Panache and Unimax. Years ago, when I attended the Toy Fair as press, they were handing out flyers about an upcoming toys based on StarCraft for their Gamestars toy line. The license couldn’t be secured. Unimax later closed doors.

Originally, TOPPS planned to launch the TOPPS Warcraft Movie Cards collection on May 11, 2016. Looking up the search engine, the cancellation update took place on September 29, 2016.

Below is the original announcement text and images provided by TOPPS on December 26, 2015.

WARCRAFT movie # 1 in TOP 20 Selling Blu-Ray Discs

WARCRAFT movie Blu-RayAccording to the NPD VideoScan powered by Nielsen, the WARCRAFT Blu-Ray Disc reached #1 with an index 100 in the TOP 20 Selling Blu-Ray Disc List for the Week ending October 6th. The WARCRAFT Blu-Ray arrived to stores in the United States on September 27th (Order it).

That’s not the only accomplishment. Central Intelligence (Warner) is #3 in the list with only Index 47, followed by #4 Captain America: Civil War (Index 42.69) and #5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Index 31.58).

This is amazing news for Blizzard Entertainment, Legendary, Duncan Jones and the fans. As well as a slap on the hand to all those critics who attempted to doom the movie before it even began to flourish.

NYCC 2016 – Christie Golden Signing WARCRAFT The Official Movie Novelization

Coming to NYCC 2016 as a Warcraft fan? Christie Golden is signing copies of the WARCRAFT: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION and also the WARCRAFT: DUROTAN: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE PREQUEL on Friday, Oct 7th from 10AM to 11AM at the Titan Entertainment Booth # 2142.

The normal Mass Market Paperback at the booth is around $5. However, they have three GOSU Exclusive alternate Hardcovers. Only 30 copies will be available at the booth, so you better camp early at the NYCC 2016.

Alliance Edition Cover: $75
Horde Edition Cover: $75
Mage Edition signed by Duncan Jones: $150


Star Wars VIII Director Praises Warcraft Movie

Recently, Star Wars VIII director Rian Johnson tweeted a praise to Duncan Jones for his WARCRAFT Movie, and recommended his followers to watch it.

While not well-received by critics, the WARCRAFT Movie surpassed $433 million worldwide, absolutely making this the TOP video game-themed film of all time.

“Missed it while we were shooting but FINALLY got to see @ManMadeMoon’s Warcraft. It’s a glorious trio – human, emotional, and mëtal. See it!”

Possibilities: WARCRAFT Movie Sequels, Animated Series, Netflix Series

Ever since the initial announcement back in 2006, by Thomas Thull, the WARCRAFT movie has been an essential part of BlizzCon (one way or another) where fans expect with a sliver of hope any crumb of info about it’s development.

It’s when Duncan Jones took the reins of development that fans got more than crumbs. The man loves Twitter, and every now and then you would hear something about the movie. Then San Diego Comic Con and BlizzCon would drop massive info and trailers.

The wait was over, and the Warcraft Movie hit theaters on June 10, 2016 (USA).

You can watch it now online as an HD Digital movie streamed to your PC/Mac browser, and devices; or as a Blu-Ray/DVD (with extended scenes).

WARCRAFT Movie Interview: Robert Kazinsky on Possible Sequels

PCGamesN had a great interview with WARCRAFT Movie actor Robert Kazinsky (Orgrim Doomhammer) to talk about his role in the movie. Robert goes on to say there will be a second and third film till they get to The Frozen Throne story, but backpedals with “If we get to make them.” Figure of speech, or does Robert knows something? That’s wide open for debate.

Legendary and Microsoft HoloLens will give Fans a Warcraft Movie Interactive Experience

Legendary and Microsoft HoloLens partnered to bring to fans a 3D holographic interactive experience using assets from the Warcraft Movie. — source

“Microsoft HoloLens lets us bring characters from the worlds we create into the real world,” says Emily Castel, Chief Marketing Officer at Legendary. “Our fans get to interact and have fun with our characters in a completely new way, giving them a unique experience they can share with their friends through video and social media. This is exciting for us, and for the creators we work with.”

Warcraft Blu-Ray/DVD Front and Back Covers

The WARCRAFT Blu-Ray/DVD front and back covers are available offering more info on what it contains, and it is jam-packed with 246 minutes of content. The WARCRAFT Blu-Ray/DVD can be pre-ordered now, and it will ship on September 27, 2016.

It seems we are getting the Extended Scenes after all, just as a separate bonus feature outside of the movie runtime.

Warcraft Movie Box Office: 40 Countries Still Running the Movie

The Box Office continues to get reports from 40 countries running the WARCRAFT movie in theaters. So far the WARCRAFT movie has collected $432,967,650 worldwide. The WARCRAFT Blu-Ray DVD is shipping on September 27, 2016.

Domestic: $47,167,650 (10.9%)
+ Foreign: $385,800,000 (89.1%)

Some of the box office numbers have been reported between July 20-26, so the numbers might be incomplete or outdated by a factor of 1-6 days.

These are the countries still reporting WARCRAFT showtime grosses: