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Evidence suggests World of Warcraft movie sequel is in the works

Published: 20/Sep/2020 20:00 Updated: 20/Sep/2020 21:04

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After four long years of waiting, it appears as though Warcraft 2 might be making its way to the big screen soon.

World of Warcraft has captivated players worldwide since 2004. With over 95 million players, it’s grown to be a success of its own. In 2016, that success transitioned from game to movie with Warcraft – a fantasy movie based on the popular MMORPG. Although it was popular among fans with over $200 million in ticket sales in China, it didn’t hit right with critics and nor did it reach an expected $450 million at the box office.

The film was focused on a feud between orcs and humans called the Great War. From blades to arcane spells, Warcraft was filled with non-ending bloodshed and battle. Despite the setting being accurate in-game, this didn’t hit well with critics as they called it “disinteresting and stale” and even went far as saying that it “suffers from the lack of a solid screenplay.”

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Despite the bad reviews, Michael Morhaime, former President of Blizzard Entertainment, backed up the movie by stating that “nothing else matters as the movie was made for the fans.” Now with new evidence, Warcraft may be making its second attempt to wow supporters – and hopefully critics, too.

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Warcraft is the highest-grossing game adaptation of all time.

Legendary Pictures already has the next entry in development, according to Daniel Ritchman. Not only that, but casting seems to have already begun to take place as actors and directors have been reportedly eyed.

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Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, who has handled various fantasy series and movies like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, might be playing a part in Warcraft 2. Although unsure whether the budget will be bigger this time around, if Jackson is on board, Blizzard Entertainment might not need to worry about bringing in numbers.

Additionally, Chris Pratt has been reportedly shortlisted to star in the sequel, most likely with a lead human role. Although the actor has played more serious roles than fantasy, the studio seeks the actor and awaits signing.

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Warcraft only made $47 million in the USA but reached $391 million around the world.

With all these hints pointing towards a sequel, it questions what the focus will be as WoW‘s storyline is a tome full of history.

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We might be seeing a continuation from the first movie with the baby orc named Go’el, turning into the mighty champion, Thrall, and shaping the sequel. We could also see Anduin Lothar, in action with the proceedings of the second war, as he unites all seven human kingdoms under the Kingdom of Lorderon.

The movie plot might even go beyond and revamp Garona’s storyline as it’s not the clearest in-game. Overall, with all these opportunities at hand for Warcraft 2, fans will have to wait a while before the movie trailer releases. But as always, take all rumors with a grain of salt.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.