Warcraft movie concerns first contact between orcs and humans

Sunday, 10th November 2013 23:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The upcoming Warcraft movie was discussed in a panel during BlizzCon 2013, with director Duncan Jones, visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer and a team from Blizzard giving first plot and character details.

IGN reports the film tells an origin story of first contact between orcs and humans.

Jones said the original plot was focused on humans and the Alliance, but has since expanded to embrace both sides of the factional divide to be about “being a hero no matter what side you’re on”. That way, Horde players won’t feel left out of the experience.

“To tell a story where you’re really, honestly telling it from both sides – especially a war film – is unusual. The fact that we’re able to get an opportunity to do that is, on a story level, breaking a few barriers. I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of films with this structure,” the director said.

Lothar and Durotan from Warcraft 2 will make an appearance. Durotan will represent the nobility of Orcs who are not corrupt, Blizzard’s Chris Metzen said.

Live-action and CGI will be blended; orcs will be played by human actors, then transformed by the wizards at Industrial Light & Magic. Details will be as close to the game’s as possible without being stupidly unrealistic, so swords will be as enormous as is feasible, for example.

As for locations, concept art was shown of Draenor, Dalaran, Stormwind and Ironforge.

The director apparently suggested he’s aiming for a PG-13 rating, but highlighted recent Batman films as lower-rated movies that still satisfied adults.

Warcraft will begin filming early next year and is expected to release in late 2015. More details are expected at BlizzCon 2014.

For more from BlizzCon 2013, check out our coverage hub.



  1. Pytox

    Why not orcs vs aliens and with lots of explosions??? :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    @Pytox because Uwe Boll was busy

    #2 1 year ago
  3. POOhead

    “orcs will be played by human actors” good, cgi orcs ruined lotr the hobbit and also the 40fps camera did as well, made the movie look like soap opera

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DSB

    Actually it would’ve been a pretty good cue for a Michael Bay reference, given that he’s turning the Ninja Turtles into space aliens.

    I really think that that should trigger some kind of a nerd fatwa. That is like ten times worse than Rushdie throwing a bit of poop at Islam. At least he didn’t say that Muhammed was beamed down from a spaceship.

    That said, this movie is either going to be fucking amazing, or a worthy attempt. I really don’t see it being crap.

    The thing that gets me every time I play Warcraft 3 is that the story is actually better than the gameplay. It’s not like “art” but it’s just really effective.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. POOhead

    @4 ninja turtles arnt space aliens anymore

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DSB

    @5 See, fatwas solve everything.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Panthro

    I don’t want to see the Ninja Turtles ruined by Michael Bay :(

    Transformers was so lifeless :’(

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Fin


    Y’know who loves EXPLOSIONS?



    #8 1 year ago
  9. Darkfield

    @DSB “nerd fatwa”

    That was awesome i almost wet myself at work. =)))))

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @4 I always felt the strength of the WC3 story set unrealistic expectations for everyone when it came to the rest of the franchise. They pretty much blow their entire creative talent on that one.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Dragon

    That was disturbing. :P

    #11 1 year ago
  12. The_Red

    After Moon and Source Code, I have faith in Jones. Really hope

    #12 1 year ago
  13. noamlol2

    #3 i strongly disagree

    #13 1 year ago

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