Legendary Entertainment unveiled an animated Warcraft Movie Logo today reminiscent of how the StarCraft II logo is animated. Could Duncan be hinting at a StarCraft movie?
Director Duncan Jones tweeted the press visited the premises where the Warcraft Movie is recorded for the first preview of the film to be shared with the world. The catch is … all of those press guys signed an NDA and can’t discuss the wonders they witnessed until the official embargo date. Duncan teased that much, but hasn’t cleared up when this magical embargo date takes place.
Andy Go pointed me to a recently published photo of the Warcraft Film slate (apparently used) during pre-production. Looking around about Sarah Jones, she was a camera assistant who unfortunately passed away due to a train accident on February 20, 2014 during the filming of another film titled Midnight Rider (by Gregg Allman).
The NPR says: “…the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600, are campaigning to have her honored during the Academy Awards’ ‘In Memoriam’ segment this Sunday.”
The photo was posted at the Facebook page (which launched on February 24th) as a tribute to Sarah Jones: https://www.facebook.com/slatesforsarah.
However, the photo was originally posted by Heath Hood on his own Facebook page where he says: “Posting this for my friends on “Warcraft” in Vancouver BC.”
There is an enigma somewhere in this photo considering the date on the slate says February 26th. Sarah died on February 20th, so she couldn’t possibly have held the slate in that photo. There are two possibilities for the origin of this photo.
1. It is Photoshopped and dedicated to Heath Hood’s friends currently working on the Warcraft Film.
2. Or, someone in Duncan Jone’s Vancouver team added her name as a tribute to Sarah Jones.
It might be possible to be the second option. Many productions around the globe and even fans are posting slates with Sarah Jones’ name to show their support. I’ll update soon after I get an official response.
More about Sarah’s accident during the filming of Midnight Runner at HollywoodReporter
Duncan Jones began the recording of the Warcraft Film on January 13th, and barely 24 hours later the teasing has begun: “Love big film sets! Always have. Just had a lovely wander through Durotan’s hood. Off to another set next!”– said Duncan.
This might only mean one out of two possible locations. The first thought to cross a lore fan when he/she reads “Durotan’s hood” is: Frostfire Ridge in Draenor.
Some of the Frostfire Ridge screenshots given to us at BlizzCon 2013 can be found here. So the Durotan’s hood (stands for: neighborhood) should look similar to the BlizzCon screenshots. The RedShirtGuy wrote a Blizzplanet article about his hands-on gameplay experience at BlizzCon 2013.
If the film story is set to start with images of both planets, and Durotan is in Frostfire Ridge at the beginning of this story — what we will likely experience in the film’s initial 30-minutes is the opening of the Dark Portal. Of course, these scenes could be flashbacks too.
The second Durotan’s hood was in Azeroth … that was the Alterac Valley (known by PvP players as one of the Battlegrounds). The problem with this is that we already saw a concept art showing Draenor. Thus, the first option sounds more likely to be the script’s aim, and what Duncan meant.
Would you want more teasers from Duncan? If so, join the discussion on twitter.
Note: If you missed it, read our full transcript of the BlizzCon 2013: Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel.
Legendary Entertainment announced today new casting details for the Warcraft Film which starts recording on January 12, 2014. Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown join the casting along with those recently announced.
Clancy Brown has been most recently in Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and he has a long acting history with Starship Troopers (1997), The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
What catches my eye is that throughout 2000-2013 Clancy Brown has mostly been a voice actor for video games and TV Series/animations such as G.I. Joe: Renegades, The Penguins of Madagascar, Thundercats, Green Lantern (The Animated Series), The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Wolverine and the X-Men — just to name a few.
This is interesting. Clancy might be playing as a real actor, or as a voice actor for a CGI character in the Warcraft film. Want to know something few may know? Clancy Jones voiced Thrall in the cancelled video game: Warcraft Adventures. He also voiced Scourgelord Tyrannus (Wrath of the Lich King’s Icecrown Citadel: Pit of Saron).
WARCRAFT fans, we have an exciting casting update…
Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown are joining the cast of WARCRAFT, based on Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning Warcraft universe. They join previously announced cast members including Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky.
Production is set to begin this January in Vancouver. – source: Legendary
The Wrap reports Dominic Cooper is joining the Warcraft Film cast. Yesterday, Legendary Pictures announced the cast of actors to bring to life the main characters of the Warcraft film which is focused on the clash between Sir Anduin Lothar and Durotan of the Frostwolf clan during the First War.
Legendary Pictures announced the Warcraft Film Cast: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, & Rob Kazinsky
Legendary Pictures announced via Twitter the following actors are part of the of Warcraft film casting crew: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky.
Ben Foster is known as Angel/Warren Worthington III in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Travis Fimmel is known in The Vikings (TV series)
Paula Patton is known as Jane Carter in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Toby Kebbell was in Wrath of the Titans, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Rob Kazinsky was in the HBO vampire TV series titled TrueBlood and Pacific Rim.
Missed the Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel in the BlizzCon 2013 livestream? Read our transcript here.
Recently, Universal Pictures announced the Warcraft Film by director Duncan Jones would be released on December 16, 2015. Today, Legendary Picture announced three movies have a new release date.
During the BlizzCon 2013: The Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel, a fan asked Duncan Jones about releasing the movie in 3D.
Fan 16: I’m sure a few people in the audience has some opinions on this, but: Stereo conversion versus Native. What’s your opinion?
Duncan: I have one eye much better than the other. So 3D films are not something that immediately works right for me. I actually prefer to watch the 2D experience; but 3D is obviously a massively important draw for some people who really get a lot out of it. I don’t know if you have seen GRAVITY yet? Or if you actually saw that in 3D? but the response to that has been that 3D can work. So we will look into it. I think 3D is something that I would hope we would release in both so that people can choose which one they want. I am a 2D fan, but I know there are people out there who really do love 3D as well.
From the Legendary Pictures update, the new release date seems to be influenced by the Warcraft Film getting converted to 3D. Many films have had this treatment in recent years with success, and considering all the complex visual effects of Warcraft, it makes sense to literally jaw-drop the audience in blazing spectacular 3-D.
The Warcraft Film was among them:
Legendary Pictures’ WARCRAFT, released in 3D by Universal Pictures, will move from December 18, 2015 to March 11, 2016.
Legendary Pictures’ UNTITLED MICHAEL MANN PROJECT will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, January 16, 2015.
Legendary Pictures’ SEVENTH SON will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday February 6, 2015.
Legendary Pictures’WARCRAFT, a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones. The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O’Connor will serve as executive producers. Blizzard’s Chris Metzen will co-produce. — source: Legendary, Nick Carpenter Twitter
Nick Carpenter shared on twitter just a glimpse into the type of work that Visual Effects can do for any film. The video below shows a “Before and After” breakdown from the film The Great Gatsby. While Westenhofer wasn’t involved in that film, this video shows heavy use of visual effects work. By the way, Simon Dugan (“The Great Gatsby” cinematographer) in on the Warcraft film. So this video below shows his work too.
Having watched that, below is a “Before and After” of the movie titled “The Life of Pi” for which Bill Westenhofer won an Oscar. Bill Westenhofer is the VFX supervisor for the upcoming Warcraft film.
Read the BlizzCon 2013: The Presentation of the Warcraft Movie Panel to find out what Bill Westenhofer along with director Duncan Jones, Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen and Blizzard’s Senior VP of Cinematics Nick Carpenter shared about the development of the film.
Here are some breakdowns on the visual effects of the film The Golden Compass for which he also won a BAFTA and an Academy Award.
The Production Weekly Magazine issue #873 has listed new auditions for the Warcraft movie. The listing still mentions the codename “Conflagration”, but it added a new one along with that which says: “Lost in Gastown”.
Gastown is a small town with a train station terminal located in Vancouver. “Lost in Gastown” is sort of a joke because it will get flooded pretty soon with actors from other states coming to the audition.
Director Duncan Jones moved to Vancouver on September 13th, and sported a Vancouver t-shirt at the BlizzCon 2013 Warcraft Movie Panel.
Updates soon. Investigating. =)
I had the opportunity to take a look at the Production Weekly issue #583. I am not able to post an image because of copyright/trademark matters. It is a paid subscription magazine.
What I can confirm is that the audition listing mentions January 13 as the date to begin recording scenes. It is to be filmed at Vancouver.
The credits section mentions:
Producers: Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Stuart Fenegan, Chris Metzen and Jillian Share.
Writer: Charles Leavitt
Director: Duncan Jones
Executive Producer: Brent O’Connor
PM: Cecil O’Connor
The interesting part is that at the end of all those credits is CAST: Travis Fimmel. That pretty much sounds like the rumor is no longer a rumor. Travis Fimmel is part of the cast now.
What I find strange is that the film description continues to mention Arthas Menethil before he became the Lich King.
At the end of the audition listing it says: Paula Patton is in advanced negotiations and Colin Farrell has been offered one of the leads.
Next to that it says these dates: January 13 – May 21.
Release Date: December 18, 2015.
So there you go. The filming will be ongoing for five months, and Travis Fimmel (Vikings TV Series, 2013) is listed in the credits as a Cast Member.
I’ll attempt to double-check if that’s accurate.