Don’t count on seeing another Warcraft movie

Don’t count on seeing another Warcraft movie
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


3rd Apr 2024 12:40

To be honest, we can barely believe we're mentioning the Warcraft movie in 2024. Duncan Jones' 2016 film was a long time in the works, especially as World of Warcraft itself was brimming with stories and had long been an icon of video games.

Sadly, Warcraft: The Beginning came with a sad trickle instead of the triumph it deserved. Video game movies were in a huge slump at the time, and Warcraft suffered massively. Even though Blizzard won't rule out a return to the big screen, it's probably safe to say we won't be getting a new Warcraft movie anytime soon.

Blizzard will make a Warcraft movie if a director wants it

A dragon roars in World of Warcraft.
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Warcraft franchise director John Hight suggested at GDC that Blizzard probably isn't going to be bounding back into the movie business in the near future. Still, he suggested that he'll consider a new Warcraft movie if there's a director out there who really gets what the franchise is all about.

Speaking with IGN, Hight said, "We make games and I think that games will always be our core, and so Warcraft will be centred around that." It indicates that the company isn't about to make a Nintendo-style leap to the cinema. But, there's not zero hope for Warcraft's cinematic redemption.

"[We’re] certainly open to people who really get it and have a cool idea about how to express Warcraft and if we feel like aesthetically they're going to be able to hit the bar," he says, adding that, "I want to have Warcraft out there a little more than it is now."

The list of directors who could do justice to Warcraft is "pretty small"

Anduin as he appears in the Warcraft movie.
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Image via Universal Pictures

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Hight goes on to reiterate that he's willing to allow someone with a great idea and exemplary understanding of the Warcraft world guide the franchise in a more cinematic direction, but admits that there aren't many accomplished directors out there who fit the bill.

Hight mentions the hope of "leveraging other companies that share our love for it, have a really cool idea, share our belief in quality and have the ability to execute on it. But now that's probably a pretty small list, right?"

The future of Warcraft on the big screen might be running out of options, but many would be happy enough to leave it in the past. Hight is right - maybe Blizzard is best at making video games, and that's totally fine.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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