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.
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.