'Warcraft' movie set to hit theaters next summer, check out these early images

Shawn Knight

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Warcraft, the film adaptation of Blizzard’s long-running MMORPG, finally has a release date. After being in the works for the past nine years, the epic fantasy / adventure from Universal Pictures will find its way to theaters on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Along with the release date, the studio revealed the first official photo from the animated film. The shot above shows the film’s lead Org, Orgrim (voiced by Robert Kazinsky), in all his CG wonder. As Wired points out, Industrial Lighting and Magic used concept art from Blizzard and merged it with photos and scans of the actor to create the character.

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The picture is being directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell and Dominic Cooper. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the movie at this time aside from the fact that it is currently in post-production.

Warcraft is just one of several game-to-film adaptations currently in the works. Ubisoft is working with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency to develop a movie based on Watch Dogs. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to develop a Minecraft movie a little over a year ago and this past September, it was revealed that Threshold Entertainment is working on a picture based on iconic puzzler Tetris.

Movies based on video games have been historically bad. 1993’s Super Mario Bros. was a disaster and while flicks like Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider had a solid niche following, neither is considered to be the type of hit that Warcraft has the potential to be.

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VitalyT

Russ-Puss
That's like WWC take on internet trolls, a scary cross.

They should star Ron Perlman, he's a natural goblin.
 

stewi0001

TS Evangelist
Platinum
I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those movies that are either really awesome or really horrible.
 

WangDangDoodle

TS Addict
The problem with movies like Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Bros is that they're based on games with terrible, nonsensical stories. These particular games don't need heavy storylines, but a good movie always does, and Warcraft has a long, epic story that suits the big screen quite well. I have high expectations. :)
 

syraphx

TS Member
The problem with movies like Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Bros is that they're based on games with terrible, nonsensical stories. These particular games don't need heavy storylines, but a good movie always does, and Warcraft has a long, epic story that suits the big screen quite well. I have high expectations. :)
Still trying to figure out in my mind how they are supposed to be able to do a movie with the storyline of... Tetris
 

Bannhammer

TS Enthusiast
If this movie is anything akin to what Blizzard has been releasing since about 2008 its going to be disappointing.

I've given up on the video game industry, all the magic is gone.
 

Peter Farkas

TS Evangelist
I only liked the DOOM movie because I played tons of hours with it. But honestly, it was a crap movie.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for this one. There are so many good stories there and good characters that they should not really mess it up.
 

cmbjive

TS Booster
Movies based on video games have been historically bad. 1993’s Super Mario Bros. was a disaster and while flicks like Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider had a solid niche following, neither is considered to be the type of hit that Warcraft has the potential to be.
I don't know. The first Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill were okay.
 
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Captainpie

Regarding video game movies . . . I think we should all look towards Uwe Boll for lessons on how to fail