We all know that ‘Warcraft’ was a commercial and critical failure stateside. While the movie almost looked as if it could spawn a franchise thanks to international sales, it never seemed to go that route. Now, director Duncan Jones has shared a few details about where he wanted to take the trilogy had the sequels been able to go into development.
The entire idea also seems as if it would have played directly into today’s political climate.
Jones was asked he if had wanted to make a ‘Warcraft’ trilogy and what his plans for it would be:
“Yeah, we would’ve loved to. For me, the story was about Gul’ dan and taking the false walls. The symbol or the tribe that he was the chief of, taking them away from the world that was dying on setting them up with a new home on this, planet of Azeroth. And, really that was going to happen through his baby son who’s, for those who are lore junkies, was getting to grow up to be this character called Thrall. So really it was about, that story and everything else was how the orcs left their homeworld and clear that new home for themselves in Azeroth that was the three-film arc I would’ve wanted to follow up.”
With immigration being a hot topic these days across the globe, it likely would have been able to play directly into this sensitive issue. Jones went on to say what he felt the trilogy could have been ‘pretty special”:
“It really would have been pretty special. It’s unfortunate now, you gotta try and go with your harp on these things. I made the film as best I could on the first film hoping that it would connect with an audience. I genuinely think that in retrospect and as time has moved on, people are starting to appreciate the film than maybe the critics did when it first came out but unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to get to make anymore.”
As someone who wanted to like the film, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated it as many critics have. However, I can see why a studio would have been hesitant to back a sequel even with international sales came in. As a massive lover of the fantasy genre, I’m not sure a follow up would have been on the top of my list to go see.
Do you think that a trilogy of ‘Warcraft’ movies would have done well at the box office, factoring in international sales? Would the topic of immigration have worked to better bring viewers into seeing the follow-up films, or would it have been too polarizing and further hurt audience expectations of the movies?