Frankly it would be very hard to make a decent WoW movie that anyone other than WoW players can relate to. The lore of WoW is much more complicated and extensive than the lore of LOTR. The story of Varyan seems like the best option for a movie, as it ticks all the boxes for en epic adventure movie, but this storyline would probably disappoint many of the Horde players. Personally, I don't think they should make a WoW movie as although it is an exciting prospect for players, it would be so difficult to pull it off and encompass all the best parts of WoW that it would probably not stand up to many players' expectations. However, even if it wasn't generally loved by players, it would probably still be watched by loads of non-players, bringing a whole new influx of players. Would this be a good thing? I think not.
The whole, Michael Bay Presents was a bit of a dirty tactic :D Talk about a good attention getter
Frankly it would be very hard to make a decent WoW movie that anyone other than WoW players can relate to. The lore of WoW is much more complicated and extensive than the lore of LOTR. Disagree. The lore of Middle Earth is so extensive that it encompasses multiple languages and a history as long as WOW's (thousands of years) but with far more epic battles, etc. The fact that most people focus on LOTR, a tiny slice of time in the Middle Earth universe, misses the entirety of the Middle Earth lore and history.However, having said that, the WOW lore is almost as extensive as LOTR, though also not nearly as well organized (and subject to dev changes at a whim - remember the Draenei lore screwup pre-BC?). But a story based on that lore would be a great chance to tell a whole story that relates to WOW, to the players who play WOW, and to those who wonder what WOW is all about.It saddens me sometimes to realize that most players don't get "into" the game at all, despite plenty of opportunities to do so. When we killed Kil'jaeden I hadn't read any spoilers and was pretty floored when Velen walked through that portal. And my character immediately knelt down in respect. Similarly about half the rest of the raid did as well. And our Teamspeak channel was quiet as Velen said his piece and responded to those other NPCs who arrived as well. It was a very "in character" moment and it was entertaining both from a "WOOT! Uber loot!" perspective as well as from a game story perspective to experience that closure of the Burning Crusade story arc.Just because I raid doesn't mean I don't pay attention to the story line. In fact, I do very much pay attention, often because the story line itself gives hints and clues as to how to complete quests, finish attunements, or defeat bosses. And also because the storyline, when you can see the whole thing rather than bits and pieces, is entertaining in its own way as well. Yeah, it's not Tolstoy. Big deal. It's still fun in its own way.
Actually, this is pretty simple conceptually. To make the movie, you:1) Have a good plot with good characters2) Set it in the WoW world3) Don't do anything that will offend players4) Deliver it in terms of actors/direction/etc.That's it. My point is, the plot does not have to be anything that is in the game. It doesn't have to reference any particular game experience. It just has to be a good plot and compatible with the game world.The hard part is making "good". Good plots, good characters are difficult to create. Even if you do so, it can easily be botched by the director or actors or editors. Making good movies is hard.
Where did you get this image from? It looks like Nordrassil, but not quite like it did at the end of W3. Is it new?Edit: nvm, found source. And it's Teldrassil.
Hey, they're making a pac-man movie too.
Why not just start at the beginning?The original WarCraft games introduced us to the setting, the early heroes, and the earliest campaigns in the war between the then-enslaved orcs and the Alliance. I don't think that I agree with the OP when he says that a WarCraft film would be tough to make. There is plenty of story to tell to give players a foundation to stand on. How many WoW players played the original WarCraft games and know the story of what happened before WoW ever came out? I'm guessing not very many.
What would be cool is if they made a TV show... They get a couple Seasons out, and then, after the last Season they make a movie on whatever is going on. I think that they should start the TV show off with the very beginning, starting with the Titans and then moving on from there. You know the Books in WoW, the Titans and the Creation, and everything? Follow that, but make it more... spiffy :P
It's going to be a Warcraft movie, not a World of Warcraft movie: a story set in the Warcraft universe. No one knows just how related to the World of Warcraft it will be. We all know the lore -- each of us to a different degree -- so there will be elements that we recognise in the movie when it is finally released. But just how related to any of the four games is anyone's guess.However, just remember that whatever story they tell, it will not be a game made into a movie; it will be a cinematic that takes place in a universe that began in a computer game series. Expanding out into this medium is a good move. I love games and I love movies; and I can't wait to see what Blizzard pull off with this.WTB more information!
I think it would make far more sense to make a silver-screen version of the Warcraft III storylines. I'd rather see something like that made into a series of three movies or something, rather than an attempt to make some no name characters show up to try and defeat the big evils threatening all of Azeroth like a lot of the players in WoW are already doing, lol. Basically, do the awesome buildup to what the world of Azeroth becomes at the end of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Make sense, right?
If I had to give the "powers-that-be" any advice on this movie, it would be very simple.Start small and make it big. Don't try tackling seven years of Azerothian history in a single movie, because at the end of the day it's a) impossible, and b) you're bound to *!@# off more than a handful of people. Take one single event from the entirety of the the WoW universe, something that's fundamental, something that could potentially build a base for a future franchise (in movies), and then take that one small event and make it EPIC! But even in taking an event from any of the games there's the problem of the gamer. Yup, that's right, we're the problem in this equation.While many people will want to see their class/race represented, plus all their favourite characters, but if this little venture is to truly succeed what the producers, directors, and writing staff have to do is take everything that the fans say with a grain of salt. I'm really sorry if some people disagree with me, but that's just the way of things. I think that if this movie is going to be successful they're going to have to do what hollywood does best (sometimes) and create it the exact same way as if they were creating a new franchise. The game universe would act as a near limitless resource for them to draw upon, but if they attempt to "retell" what's already been told they're bound to tick off players who experienced the game from differing perspectives. This movie would be best served as homage to all that's passed in the Warcraft universe. Have it chock full of one liners and background cameos without compromising the integrity of the movie. Throw in a murloc running across a swampy field with a "Mrggll" sound FX in there. Have key characters mentioned or interacted with in some way or form. Use classic spells and abilities, and have your main characters familiar to all players through class, race, or something else, but don't retell a tale.For those of you itching to argue with this point stop and think of one thing alone.Are you horde or alliance?Yes there are some events in warcraft where the two have come together, but almost any other event has one side winning and the other side losing (more or less). Stoic Horde players are not going to want to see an Alliance movie, and vise-versa. Some players enjoy both sides equally, granted, but not all. Of course this long winded thought is simply my own opinions, hopefully some out there see things similarly, and for those of you who don't, I'm sure you've got your reasons.
What would be cool is if they made a TV show... They get a couple Seasons out, and then, after the last Season they make a movie on whatever is going on. I think that they should start the TV show off with the very beginning, starting with the Titans and then moving on from there. You know the Books in WoW, the Titans and the Creation, and everything? Follow that, but make it more... spiffy :PI agree, that is what they are doing with A Song of Ice and Fire, a book series by George R.R. Martin, it is going to be on HBO, and the pilot just got greenlit!
i think a movie made using the cinematics that blizzard is capable of would be EXTREMELY extraordinary. Simply make a movie of storyline, lore, original charachters, villains, and heroes. it would be EPIC.
First let me just start off by adding that rumors have been circulating for some time that the story within the Warcraft movie is going to follow the journey of Varian Wrynn the once lost-now found King of Stormwind. Of course this is a rumor regardless of how many people back it. However, I can say that it is probably one of the better stories to tell through a movie. You can assume if that's true that it will follow Varian's journey as he is raised from a child to be a King then once he's a king he is kidnapped by the famed Defias gang comes into contact with Naga, loses his memories in a fall, washes ashore, gets taken captive by a slave cartel, is put to the test in the Arena, grows famous for his art in such and then begins his journey to find out who he is and later to reclaim the throne. Sounds pretty epic if you ignore the fact that a lot of the ideas have been taken from stories already told such as Gladiator among others.That's beside the point. I got away from it I will admit.The point I was going to make it that you can worry about such things when you are dealing with something set in stone being "ported" to a different medium of media. But this is so wide, you obviously can't just tell one story, because it's not about one story. It's an entire world thriving around thousands of characters. However, the thought process becomes less messy when you realize that Warcraft was Warcraft before it was World of Warcraft. You also have to take into account that players are playing through a story, but the main story is actually played by NPC characters such as Wrynn, Thrall, etc.It's really not as hard to make a good videogame-film as people make it out to be. Most of these films fail because they simple aren't stylized the write way or written well enough. In order to relate toe veryone you only have to make them feel nostalgic. You don't have to show a actor killing thousands of enemies to "level up" in fact incorporating such things is just silly and so is thinking you have to to reach a certain audience.The only thing people need is to recognize the movie is part of Warcraft without having to read the cover to figure it out. Which if they follow the Wrynn storyline it will. You will see locations, races, classes, etc - that will really make it a Warcraft movie. It touches on a lot of popular content such as the Ring of Blood in the outlands, Dunemaul, Stormwind, Defias Brotherhood.So even if this is not what they plan on doing as far as choosing the story...it really doesn't matter as long as the story they tell is engulfed in a recognizable backdrop and is done in a way that is drowned in professionalism and the viewers can tell that it was taken seriously.Sorry that was so long winded.My basic point is that if you make a film about grinding, achievments, socializing with your guild, talking about chuck norris in trade chat, etc. Then you're going to have a terrible film.Dropping one liners, putting the characters in areas that are familiar to the viewers, surrounding them with characters, classes and races that they can look at and whisper to their friends, "Oh %^&*, that's a Warlock!" in the theatre then you have a movie that fans of the game are going to respect. You certainly don't approach making a film as if you're developing WoW2.i'd just like to point out that if you make this film on the intention of only targetting WoW or Warcraft fans, thats ultimately not enough revinue as you'd see on any regular box office hits. They need to aim their movie (as mentioned at blizzcon) at a wider variety of potential viewers. So just slapping on familiar warcraft names and one liners will be far from all they need. They are going to choose the route that not only intrigues atleast most of the fanbase, but also will catch the interest of non-wow players.
WarCraft III has by far the most epic plot of any WC game, but relies on WCII for some of it, which in turn relies on WC1. So I say start from the beginning...only make the Horde less mindlessly "evil", per se (or have a prologue explaining the corruption by the Burning Legion), and make a more engaging plot than green-skinned guys fighting humans.
I think it will be something like Tales of the Past III (the third in the series). If you haven't seen this movie I really recommend that you watch it. You can find it on Warcraftmovies.com.
I wanna see Ron Perlman as Thrall.Bonus points if he says, "Warcraft.Warcraft never changes."
The stories of middle earth that were read by most Tolkien readers before the film came out were the Hobbit and LOTR. These are presented from similar outlooks, the life of a simple hobbit. Warcraft has been seen from many different points of view before a movie on it came out that it would be harder to present all it's different aspects. For instance, a story that included most of the best places in Azeroth would have to be much longer than 3 hours. Naturally, you would have to include all of the playable races, which would add more time into the movie. If you only concentrated on one oart of the game, players would be disappointed.
I guess if the movie spends more time on one faction or the other the question will finally be answered:Is blizzard favoring the alliance? Is the horde the red-headed step child of Warcraft? Tolerated but never really welcomed with open arms and given equal consideration?;-)In case you can't tell that was written tongue firmly in cheek.
2 1/2 hours of Gnome Punting action.lmfao, I'd go watch it