Speculation: Was a Warcraft Movie Sequel Filmed Simultaneously?

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in SDCC 2015, World of Warcraft Film

warcraft-lord-of-the-clansSomething that really caught my attention during the Gamespot interview is to hear WETA Workshop’s Mike Gonzales say the armor was [used] for the [Warcraft films] … wait, did you hear that right? … Plural? … Films? Was this an understandable mistake, or a slip of tongue? Did Duncan actually film enough for a sequel or a trilogy in one go?

Now this is something to actually ponder. Duncan mentioned at SDCC 2015 a restlessness for making a Warcraft trilogy (during an io9 interview), and that Metzen and him have an idea of what the sequel and trilogy story might be; but … will we actually see the actors reprise their role in a new filming session, or was the Warcraft film secretly filmed as a trilogy in one go?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example, was filmed in one go; and then released to the public over the span of 8 years.

**To find the plural quote, move the video timeline to 00:52. It will be heard at 00:56.

Update: Digging around, the plural quote is most likely a mistake rather than a slip of tongue. So don’t hold your breath on Duncan secretly filming a trilogy in one go. The Warcraft Movie started filming in January 13, 2014 and filming wrapped up around May 20, 2014 (roughly 4 months of filming or around 127 days). Compared with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was filmed throughout a span of 274 days (October 11, 1999 to December 22, 2000). At [most], maybe Duncan might have crammed in a sequel during those 127 days of filming Warcraft. That at this point is speculation, but an intriguing one.

Daily publication and blog io9 mentioned seeing baby Thrall in the Warcraft movie preview shown at SDCC 2015. Reading just now through the first pages of New York Times Best-selling author Christile Golden’s Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, Taretha’s mother confirms the existence of the internment camps when Thrall was a baby.

As you may know, the internment camps were opened at the end of the Second War; and the Warcraft movie is about the First War (Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, 1994). So if the online comment stating baby Thrall is seen by a river is true … it makes me wonder if a sequel was actually shot during those 127 days of filming, with the sequel covering the Second War.

Unless there was some retconning going on for the movie adaptation, and the timeline was skewed a bit. We do know from reading Warcraft: Lord of the Clans that Durotan and Draka were assassinated near the river next to Durnholde, and baby Thrall was found by Lieutenant Blackmoore next to the corpses. The same scene is later reprised in World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects and in TOKYOPOP’s Warcraft Legends Vol. 2. The SDCC 2015 Warcraft Movie preview showed baby Thrall floating down a river (I assume in some sort of moses), which differs from what we know as canon lore.

Check out Thrall’s history over at WoWpedia.



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