(Updated: May 7th, 2016 to include Fan First Even details)
Warcraft. For those in the gaming world, the name has stood the test of time. The MMO World of Warcraft set the bar for the genre and now, Blizzard Entertainment along with Legendary and Universal are bringing the world to the live action big screen.
“From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.”
The film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu), and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor).
Many, myself included, are excited to see an epic such as this from Blizzard. The company is internationally known for their incredible in-game cut scenes from games like Diablo III and even the animated short for the announcement of Overwatch, the company’s first FPS (first-person shooter) set to release on May 24th.
Warcraft is slated for a June 10th release which is good news since it was originally slated for March. The move to the summer puts it right in the spotlight of major blockbusters, especially with Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek Beyond set to hit shortly after.
AMC Theaters announced this week that there will be a special Wednesday, June 8th 7PM showing in IMAX 3D for their “Fan First Event”. This event will allow people to see the movie a full day before anyone else in the States. It includes about 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage plus red carpet premiere footage. In additional to extra footage, viewers will also receive a special lanyard and mini one sheet in celebration of the special event. It’s only playing in a handful of AMC’s around the country and prices do vary. My theater, for example, is $27.20 per ticket. Get details here.
Are you a WoW fan? Are you excited to see Warcraft on the big screen? Will you be attending the Fan First Event? Comment below with your thoughts.
Oh and FOR THE HORDE!