Warcraft movie sequel not confirmed, but Duncan Jones is already planning

The movie's director is thinking about a possible trilogy and offers some specific ideas on what could happen next.

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Legendary Pictures has not made a decision on whether it will move forward with a sequel to the Warcraft movie, a film that was a bit of a disappointment in the United States, but still grossed more than $430 million worldwide. The uncertainty, however, has not kept Director Duncan Jones from thinking about what future films could bring.

In a series of tweets responding to fan questions, Jones revealed what he had in mind if given the greenlight for what he hopes could be a Warcraft trilogy. For the first sequel, he said that the Orcs would have discovered armor and started using it.  Also, there would be a scene where the Kirin Tor mage city of Dalaran would actually land in the Alterac mountains, with the mages spreading magic and being more open after the death of King Llane.

As for the focus of the movie, the "Main orc focus would have been Go'el's imprisonment & violent bid for freedom," he tweeted. On the human side, he was a bit more nebulous"Don't want to give too much away, as who knows... but Khadgar unleashing Pandora's Box, Lothar arc, Varian."

Jones, however, did acknowledge the plot problems with the original. "You have to focus. Trying to serve too many threads is exactly the problem that got us in this position."

If Legendary does approve a new film, Jones could be without the main story writer from the original, Chris Metzen, who retired from Blizzard back in September. Metzen is closely associated with the creation of the Warcraft lore, but it is unclear if he would return for the opportunity to further the story.

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    January 4, 2017 8:23 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Warcraft movie sequel not confirmed, but Duncan Jones is already planning

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      January 4, 2017 9:41 AM

      I imagine this would be the second war then. They would definitely have a lot more to work with than the first film, though some of the choices they made in the first could complicate things.

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        January 4, 2017 10:53 AM

        Would the movie be titled Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness? I really hope so, if they go that route.

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          January 4, 2017 11:07 AM

          If it has the soundtrack from the game, I'll watch it even if the reviews are terrible.

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        January 4, 2017 11:20 AM

        when asked about a sequel after the first one debuted he said he wanted to do tides of darkness

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          January 4, 2017 11:43 AM

          I don't see that working. There aren't any events in the Second War that you could build an emotional story around, and the characters are mostly the ones who were in the first film and weren't very good. It's really just a series of battles, and you need more characters and plot developments.

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            January 4, 2017 11:45 AM

            i dont care as long as i eventually get my arthas movie

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            January 4, 2017 11:47 AM

            what? there are the hero unit characters like Lothar, GulDan, Alleria, Khadgar, etc.

            Follow Khadgar as he works to find a way to seal the dark portal, while the war wages on in the background

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              January 4, 2017 11:52 AM

              Like I said, the characters from the first film, who weren't very good. I'm not sure whose fault that was, if a different script or different actors would fix the problems. Garona could have been interesting, but they made her a damsel instead of the badass she was in the game. The only character I really liked in the film was Durotan, but he dead.

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      January 4, 2017 9:45 AM

      This is excellent news. Video game movies have a long and rich history of being some of the most deep and introspective storytelling to ever be shown in Cinemas.

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      January 4, 2017 11:03 AM

      Maybe the soundtrack can use hits like

      https://youtu.be/W9J1DAqxSkE
      Or
      https://youtu.be/B-tn_mKxQi0

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      January 4, 2017 11:30 AM

      I know lots of people would prefer that they just do a movie version of Arthas' story. I think that has a lot of promise, as Arthas has a compelling arc and could carry a whole movie in a way that none of the mess of characters in the first film could. My only question is where do you end the story? Does it end with him defeating Mal'ganis? Do you follow him all the way to becoming the Lich King? Neither of those are particularly heroic endings. Or do you skip all the way to World of Warcraft and end with the defeat of the Lich King? That seems like enough that it could be at least two movies.

      I think the most likely story they do, based on how the first one ended, is the story of Thrall. Maybe incorporate some of the story elements that were in the cancelled Warcraft Adventures, or the books based around it.

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        January 4, 2017 1:33 PM

        An Arthas and Thrall film would be excellent. I really, REALLY want a warcraft 3 + frozen throne HD remake. It's still one of my favourite games of all time.

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        January 4, 2017 1:37 PM

        Arthas' fall and rise as the Lich King is enough for at least two movies by itself.

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          January 4, 2017 1:42 PM

          Basically for his fall to have any weight you would have to spend at least a full movie before he even takes up Frostmourne, with another being his corruption and eventual return to Lordaeron.

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        January 4, 2017 1:53 PM

        Tides of Darkness could be a great opportunity to build up the characters needed for an Arthas story. Get Fordring and Uther involved, mainly.

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        January 4, 2017 5:42 PM

        Either Arthas' story, or even Illidan's could work as a movie. Although Arthas' takes place over a shorter amount of time, so would probably be easier.

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      January 4, 2017 1:59 PM

      They either need to skip the 2nd war and go right to warcraft 3 - the legion invasion, the scourge, arthas, thrall and the founding of the modern horde. This could probably be spread out over a couple films at least.


      Ignoring all of that and doing the War of the Ancients.

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        January 4, 2017 2:18 PM

        I think part of the problem they ran into with the first film was that while it was a significant moment in the history of azeroth, a lot of those characters have no connection to the modern warcraft player. It had no scourge, no legion, no night elves... it was unfamiliar.

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      January 4, 2017 2:04 PM

      Definitely hope Duncan Jones is involved from here on out. I love that he's staying positive and enthused about the universe and is a player himself. Cool stuff, hope he gets to do it.

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      January 4, 2017 2:19 PM

      They pretty much have to considering the cliffhanger it ended on, no?

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        January 4, 2017 2:23 PM

        jumping 20 years into the future with a young thrall in an alliance camp, the horde in disarray would be a pretty clean lift.

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      January 4, 2017 3:54 PM

      I didn't watch the movie, but did it have anything related to Demons, Old Gods, Dragons, Titans, Undead, etc? Or just basically setting up Orcs vs. Humans? One of the reasons I never bothered is because I didn't see anything in the trailer that drew me in from the games I played (WC3 onwards).

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        January 4, 2017 6:11 PM

        medivh gets corrupted by fel magic and demons, it's hinted at throughout the film and the appearance of fel magic is the central mystery, none of the rest happen yet in the timeline. It literally is a version of the story from first RTS game with some of the additions made over the years to flesh it out