A post from the official World of Warcraft Twitter has pegged Universal and Legendary's film Warcraft for a December 18th, 2015 release.
According to a post from the official World of Warcraft Twitter account, Legendary Pictures and Universal will be releasing Warcraft, a film based in the World of Warcraft universe on December 18th, 2015. The film, more than half a decade in the making, has seen multiple delays since its initial announcement. It was revealed earlier this year, however, that the current rendition, helmed by Moon director Duncan Jones, would start filming in 2014.
Enter the world of Azeroth and battle against the Alliance of humans, dwarves and night elves or the brutish orcs, trolls and undead of the Horde. World of Warcraft has a very large community of players with hundreds of servers and a myriad of endgame pursuits from raiding dungeons, questing, achievement hunting, PVP arenas, and now pet battles.
This latest Twitter reveal follows recent rumors that actor Colin Farrell had been offered a lead role in the film. The film's female lead, in turn, has apparently been offered to actress Paula Patton. The film's screenplay is supposedly being penned by Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt.
There are a few things to note with this tweet. Firstly, it's interesting that the film, generally pegged as being a World of Warcraft movie is apparently just being titled "Warcraft". Granted, dropping the "World of" part could just be a marketing move but, as a someone who enjoyed the original Warcraft strategy titles, I'd love to think this meant this could be a signal that elements of those games might appear in the film.
Perhaps more noteworthy than the film's title though is its release date. A December 18th premier would put Warcraft well outside the summer blockbuster season. More importantly, it would prevent the film from having to compete with Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set to launch during the summer of 2015. Avoiding that head-to-head is probably in Warcraft's best interest as we're pretty sure, popular as WoW may be, that it would come out the loser in that match-up.