After several months of secrecy and mystery surrounding the project, Legendary Pictures has finally begun releasing new images and information from director Duncan Jones’ highly-anticipated film, Warcraft, which will be a live-action adaptation of the incredibly popular video game, World of Warcraft. Jones himself has professed his deep love of the original game, and judging by the incredible cast he has assembled for the adaptation, as well as the amount of work he has put into making sure the movie looks as incredible as possible – I think fellow fans of Warcraft will be able to see and identify with Jones’ intense passion within nearly every single frame.
The major obstacle will be having casual moviegoers become as invested in the movie’s story and visuals as well though. Following the release of a new poster yesterday too teasing the film’s main conflict, Legendary has unveiled some new, brief footage from the movie online ahead of the full trailer’s debut later this Friday. Check out the trailer tease below:
Aside from the fact that I absolutely loathe these teasers for trailers, the footage itself looks refreshingly amazing. Leaving the Legendary panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and thinking about the footage from the film that was shown to the audience in Hall H too, I was surprisingly let down by how fake some of the visuals and special effects looked, especially considering the amount of hype and talk that had been made about the movie’s revolutionary special effects. It looks like Jones and co. have had time to clean up some of the messy environments and creatures though, and the level of new detail added to some of the views and scenery is pretty apparent from the first glimpse of real footage.
What I find possibly most intriguing about the film though, is the way that Jones is planning on telling its narrative. Featuring a large ensemble of talented actors, the film will be essentially splitting the main cast in half, with some playing characters on the side of the Alliance (Humans), and others on the side of the Horde (Orcs). Where the film could have focused on one single character from the video game, the movie will instead be telling the story of an intense war from both sides, leaving it up to the audience members to choose who they side with. I think it’s not only an interesting way to take on this adaptation, but a refreshing new way to tell a war movie in general.
We’ll have to wait and see how well Jones ends up to sticking to his narrative ambitions though, and if the movie does actually manage to be unbiased, or if it ends up leaning to one side or the other.
Warcraft is set to hit theatres on June 10th, 2016.
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