Warcraft movie director says the production experience was ‘traumatic’

    
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During an interview with SyFy about his upcoming movie, Duncan Jones dishes on his experience directing the 2016 Warcraft film based in the universe popularized by the series that now includes mega-MMORPG World of Warcraft. He characterizes his time working on the film as traumatic, which might surprise you since at one point in production he was hinting at making it a trilogy.

He explains that “Warcraft was a political minefield as far as filmmaking goes” because of studio politics, excessive rewriting, studio ownership changes, production staff turnovers, and yes, even Blizzard itself. After all, Warcraft was Blizzard’s baby.

“[W]e were also working with Blizzard, who understandably were very careful about what happened with the movie because their bread and butter was the game Warcraft, which was bringing in a billion dollars a year for them. So, whatever we did with the movie was likely to be small potatoes compared to how important the game was for them. So it was really a very active political landscape.”

On the upside, he says building the exterior of Stormwind as a set was his favorite thing.

The movie, you’ll recall, did very well at the box office (particularly overseas) but not so well with reviewers, including our own.

Source: SyFy via Polygon
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Bella Kennedy

I really enjoyed the movie. There were some mistakes in editing and casting but I loved it. Watched the movie with the help of Terrarium tv ad free app which is an app to watch movies and tv shows.

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Mr Poolaty

I never played wow do i may have skewed perspective but I really enjoyed the movie a lot!!!

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Alex Hyer

Domestic: $47,365,290 10.9%
+ Foreign: $386,311,893 89.1%
Production Budget: $160 million

The movie BOMBED in the United States.

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Robert Mann

Political? I think he meant that it was micromanaged, and just failed synonyms 101. Didn’t we have a story on that with… Town State Leisure?

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Stkmks Returns

A billion a year hey. If those “subscription” proponents ever say ever again that our subs go to paying for servers and new content.. im gonna be mad.

Do they still exist or did i show up again late?

The movie was alright apart from stuffing up everything to do with the king. Could have been much worse. I like how they represented guldan alot (as a former alliance player even).

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Armsbend

Why would you listen to any moron who thought wow money doesn’t take a profit cut? Anyone can do the math and see they pull a billion a year. It is simple.

$15 x low estimate of 4,000,000 actives = 60,000,000USD/month x 12.

Just stop listening to dummies who don’t understand business or math and you’ll be good.

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Mewmew

You’re whining that the company makes a profit and calling people “subscription proponents” which makes it sound as if you think there shouldn’t be a subscription? Are you one of the free to play people who think you should be playing for free and the company should be floating your costs? Or do you think they should massively lower their subscription price so that they aren’t making a profit anymore?

$15 is so nothing for unlimited access to a game’s content. So very much nothing. Though I do feel they should have kept it *all* to the $15 and not started to sell extras beyond that, the price is such a low point. When games go “free to play” they cost so very much more. Suddenly everything has a cost, the cool looking things can’t be got by everybody anymore, I mean I just woke up and my brain isn’t awake yet, but the money that “F2P” actually costs people who put into it is quite ridiculous. I get there’s a huge amount of leechers that float on other people paying their costs in F2P but that doesn’t make it a great system.

Maybe they should do something like Elder Scrolls Online with a buy to play game where the subscription is optional, only if you don’t have it things like inventory management are a huge pain in the butt if you want to collect crafting materials.

There really are a lot of reasons why subscriptions are better, despite the fact that I very rarely play subscription based games. When I do I get by spending so much less money. But I’m a lockbox addict and like having all sorts of high end cosmetic items as well.

I don’t play WoW, so I can’t really debate WoW’s subscription specifically with you anyway sadly.

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Stkmks Returns

The reason why its scummy is the people who are charging you for unlimited access are the ones who made the rules up on access, limits and not limits in the first place. They created the problem they want you to pay your way out of.

If it was for a side service like discord, voice attack or something there might be some ethical path that isn’t completely abhorrent, but no. It all distills down to they’re flashing pixels at you causing you to pay over and over and over again.

I like b2p yeap :) I’m currently playing eso again, and while its business model seems fair on paper, it really isn’t. The prices arent based on small dollar amounts a gamer might consider a microtransaction, its all based on the 1500 crowns you get free from subbing and wanting you to buy crowns ontop of it. Such a shame, but hey. Basically its the easily double dipped vs the wait for sales crowd there, seems they’re happy with that line. Oh wait its a b2p game? lol

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JoeCreoterra

So to reiterate what mewmew said… you basically want everything free?

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Solaris

I really loved this movie, despite some editing problems and a couple bad casting choices. Orcs could not have been better done. Game world was brought to life.

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Matthew Yetter

I agree. I enjoyed it myself. And my partner (who has zero interest in video games or MMO’s) finished the movie wanting me to queue up the next one in the series — only to be disappointed by the knowledge that there wasn’t more.

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Jack Pipsam

I still enjoyed the film greatly, I would have loved another one, but that seems most unlikely.

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Targeter

I had a good time at the theater with it. Toby Kebbel did a great job as Durotan. CGI orcs were actually pretty damn good; the human side of the story is where it kinda fell apart. My son loved it though (he’s 10) and watches it from time to time. I think Duncan did a pretty good job, all things considered.

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taradyne

I enjoyed the film in the theatre, and have watched it a couple times recently on HBO. It actually made me a little nostalgic for more lore, so I subbed to WoW for a month to check things out.

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luxundae

Just wait until he sees how contentious the Warcraft Vanilla Movie ends up being.