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According Director Duncan Jones, a Warcraft movie sequel is unlikely to happen.

Director Duncan Jones responded to a tweet regarding a sequel to the Warcraft (2016) movie yesterday. According to him, it's not looking likely, because too many companies are involved to thread that needle.

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An ongoing reddit discussion brings up some valid points about the Warcraft movie, namely the lore inconsistency and the fact that we possibly won't see an Arthas movie. Let us know in the comments if you liked the Warcraft movie!

Credit to redditor SHdude for bringing this up!

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WoW fans are rabid about lore and inconsistency, and non-fans have no interest in Warcraft lore.  They tried to play both sides in the first movie and it didn't go over well enough to take that gamble a second time, at increased risk.  If you can't tap into the existing fanbase, there's no reason to use the IP; you can just make the exact same movie, but with different names, call it unrelated to Warcraft, and it's much lower risk.

That said, the ideal viewer is the former wow player - like me - I saw the movie and it made me want to play the game again, so I came back to it.  Unfortunately, the former wow player community is *ahem* legion.

I think Hollywood is starting to understand this, and finally seeing the downside of remaking and sequel/prequeling every successful film in history.

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1 hour ago, thurk said:

WoW fans are rabid about lore and inconsistency, and non-fans have no interest in Warcraft lore.  They tried to play both sides in the first movie and it didn't go over well enough to take that gamble a second time, at increased risk.

I agree on this but at the same time I wonder why they did that in the first place. Wouldnt it be enough for a Warcraft-Movie if the fanbase of WoW would watch the movie?
I consider the average WoW-Player as someone whos a bit of a nerd and is partially into fantasystuff. That kinda person who'd watch the Marvelmovies in the cinema and thoroughly enjoys said movies.

So why not produce a movie that appeals to those fans? Just make a movie that, if you want to understand it you have to know a certain bit of warcraftlore to fully enjoy it? Isnt the Warcraft/WoW-Fanbase big enough for such a movie to be a sucess?

Just ignore the avarage Joe who has not connection to this franchise and concentrate on you're already (huge?) fanbase.

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1 minute ago, Hypersonic said:

Warcraft movie.. I hope once can forget it.

I liked it.  As a movie it was good.  As a 'warcraft' item, it was... inconsistent obviously, at best.  

But on its own it was a great movie.  

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Well movie was a flop, only China saved it from total financial failure.

31 minutes ago, rush said:

just continue with thrall and then arthas and it would be amazing! i wait till Wc3 story comes up in movies ;)))

Not sure how they could do it, since first movie already changed some stuff.

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2 hours ago, thurk said:

WoW fans are rabid about lore and inconsistency, and non-fans have no interest in Warcraft lore.  They tried to play both sides in the first movie and it didn't go over well enough to take that gamble a second time, at increased risk.  If you can't tap into the existing fanbase, there's no reason to use the IP; you can just make the exact same movie, but with different names, call it unrelated to Warcraft, and it's much lower risk.

That said, the ideal viewer is the former wow player - like me - I saw the movie and it made me want to play the game again, so I came back to it.  Unfortunately, the former wow player community is *ahem* legion.

I think Hollywood is starting to understand this, and finally seeing the downside of remaking and sequel/prequeling every successful film in history.

If they want to tell the Warcraft story, it's better to it as an animation. As well as making sure Chris Metzen is at the helm of writing it.

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1 minute ago, MackDye said:

This is what happens when you cheap out on the first film. 

What exactly was cheap about the movie?

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It's funny to bring up lore inconsistency - but I think there isn't a single soul out there who loves Blizzard games (and mainly the Warcraft universe) due to it's great lore rather than the gameplay experience. It has terrible lore - nothing comparable to the Warhammer, Lord of the Rings, Witcher or other fantasy worlds out there. We all loved Metzen as a game director, but I think the fanbase also acknowledges that he was an unskilled story writer. Now we have the likes of Christie Golden to fix his mishaps, but it will take some time to gather some blockbuster-quality screenplay material out of Warcraft.
Untill then the best Warcraft videogame movie I can think would be one including Dwayne Johnson and tons of stunts to divert our attention from those little incosistencies. Hey - thats a Hollywood technique proven to be working! The Rock could play like Varian or even Thrall - story doesn't matters as long there's action on the screen and he saves the world in the end.

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What we really need is Blizzard creating their own cinematic division and making a 2 hour WoW cinematic, with motion capture, 3D modeled characters and their original voice actors. Now THAT will be a Warcraft movie we all want and deserve.

We all saw how well made the Orcs were in the movie. They were pretty much the highlight of it (and I'm not even a Horde fan). So what if every single character was CGI? Wouldn't that be much better? It's a rhetorical question, by the way.

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Can't say I'm surprised. The movie was pretty awful. What they should have done with it is either:

A) Rise of the Horde. Show how the orcs conquered Draenor. The CGI was the film's only redeeming factor so having the draenei done the same way as the orcs would have been stellar.

B) The story of Arthas. Let's be real here, far less people played WC1 and 2 than they did WC3. The rise of the Lich King works entirely as a stand-alone tale and is far more intriguing and well written than anything from the other RTS games.

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It's not about being a warcraft fan or not..it's all about that movie sucked...it starts and it looks like it should be warcraft 2 or mid of the movie but it's not..I think they had to make arthas's movie..it was more interesting for sure and plus that arthas is more popular since more people played warcraft 3 in compare with wow

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Duncan Jones: Warcraft Movie Sequel Unlikely

 

Well no shit sherlock!   I could have told you that right after I left the theater the day I saw it! 

Hey I had a nerd boner going into see it but it was a bit of a let down! and I knew right then this was a one and done!

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4 hours ago, Myke said:

What exactly was cheap about the movie?

perhaps he's referring to the budget?  Warcraft budget was $160 million and to compare lets use Avatar, avatars budget was $237 million!  avatar was a hit and is getting 4 more sequels!   so maybe if Warcraft spent more it would have looked better and we would have at least gotten 1 sequel !

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3 hours ago, multiboxing said:

perhaps he's referring to the budget?  Warcraft budget was $160 million and to compare lets use Avatar, avatars budget was $237 million!  avatar was a hit and is getting 4 more sequels!   so maybe if Warcraft spent more it would have looked better and we would have at least gotten 1 sequel !

The movie looked phenomenal. I don't see where it went cheap.

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1 hour ago, Myke said:

The movie looked phenomenal. I don't see where it went cheap.

"Phenomenal" is very strong word. Yes, the Orcs where phenomenal, definitely. Now when you compare the Orcs with the other races, such as the High Elves, you can clearly where the majority of the budget went. The special effects for magic don't look impressive either.

It is as I say, if Blizzard decided to make their own animation studio, things would have been very VERY different. Take all the Overwatch shorts, for example. Compiled they are over 1 hour long; enough for a full-lengthy feature. After I saw that Hearthstone "Hearth and Home" they showed at BlizzCon I became certain that Blizzard has the potential to become as good as Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks when it comes to CGI animation.

I mean, JUST. YOU. LOOK. AT. THIS:

 

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I liked Warcraft as a movie on its own (if it wasnt supposed to be linked to Warcraft RTs nor WoW).They put too much things in a small timeframe and alot of the events in the movie were completly unnecesary( Lothar's son that didnt serve for anything) it also changed alot of the lore so they could show off the CGi (Dalaran flying,thousands of Draenei being killed for the Dark Portal to open etc.).Dont know why Medivh was made so weak that he had to use that mana pool or whatever it was most of the time,Guldan being so obviously having power over Blackhand,changins Garona to be half human and half orc.It really should have been tailored more for a person that played Wow or Warcraft RTS because im sure it would earn way more money and get more positive rewiews.

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wow story is too far and wide it is very very hard to make it in to a movie. first movie happened in middle of wow story with alot happened before and will happen after that. main complain about movie was that people (no wow fans) didnt understand half of things that happened because they didnt know the lore. i dont know why they chose that part of story, i think it is either because it was human vs orc to make it lord of the rings look alike or because it was warcraft 1 story. either way it wasnt good point to start the movies :(.

a wow series would be much better :).

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15 hours ago, Brutalis said:

Can't say I'm surprised. The movie was pretty awful. What they should have done with it is either:

A) Rise of the Horde. Show how the orcs conquered Draenor. The CGI was the film's only redeeming factor so having the draenei done the same way as the orcs would have been stellar.

B) The story of Arthas. Let's be real here, far less people played WC1 and 2 than they did WC3. The rise of the Lich King works entirely as a stand-alone tale and is far more intriguing and well written than anything from the other RTS games.

i agree with the first one but problem with that is it has NO HUMANS in it !!! so it will be a first in cinema history i think (maybe not but still pretty odd) !

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Many follow the hate train without having their own opinions cuz' that's what sheep do, especially if a streamer says their opinion about something, holy banana's everybody follows suit and starts spamming LUL. For the movie I really enjoyed it, my biggest problem though was Garona freakin', flyin' like 20ft. in the air out of nowhere to mount a horse like 2-3 times through out, like wut. Wasn't perfect but was enjoyable, as long as the fan's would stop being picky like most spoiled people are with thing's handed too them. All creator's try to do is create fun thing's for entertainment purposes, only to get unnecessary basement dweller comments and banter cuz' their pretty expectations wasn't glorious and uplifted enough 200 times over FeelsBadMan

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48 minutes ago, KonadorAuchindoun said:

Many follow the hate train without having their own opinions cuz' that's what sheep do, especially if a streamer says their opinion about something, holy banana's everybody follows suit and starts spamming LUL. For the movie I really enjoyed it, my biggest problem though was Garona freakin', flyin' like 20ft. in the air out of nowhere to mount a horse like 2-3 times through out, like wut. Wasn't perfect but was enjoyable, as long as the fan's would stop being picky like most spoiled people are with thing's handed too them. All creator's try to do is create fun thing's for entertainment purposes, only to get unnecessary basement dweller comments and banter cuz' their pretty expectations wasn't glorious and uplifted enough 200 times over FeelsBadMan

I'm perfectly ok with some changes in the story because let's face it: the Warcraft Lore is severely convoluted, plus it is pretty hard to fit the story of an entire game in a 2 hour movie.

My nitpick lies with the acting of the human characters, and some special effects. They also tried too hard to fit some things that felt really forced, such as the Anduin & Garona hinted romance, or Anduin's son Callan.

I keep repeating myself that they should make the entire movie as CGI (including the human characters) because it opens the possibilities for crazy scenarios and art direction. Warcraft has always had that cartoonish style, which would fit great in a fully animated feature. Overwatch has that kind of artstyle and it works great, specially when you watch all their shorts.

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20 hours ago, PatrickHenry said:

But on its own it was a great movie.  

No, it wasn't. It wasn't hilariously bad, like most game-based movies are, but it just wasn't good. I could start by pointing out all the mistakes (like Travis Fimmel as Lothar and not Medivh? wtf?!) and how it could have been done better, but there already is a better version of it, and it's called The Last Guardian. The movie could have worked if it was just that, because the book is already a perfect introduction into the lore. Instead they tried to squeeze in everything, have three stories at the same time, and the result was a hard to follow mess with a forced romance and an inconsistent style (why are the dwarfs CG but not the humans or Garona?!).

And no, this isn't about how it's different from WoW lore, it's about how the story and character changes actually made everything worse.

That being said, I would lie if I said I didn't enjoy it, but that's mostly due to me being a fan of the franchise, going "oh, that looks like the thing from the game!"

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