Duncan Jones Says Warcraft Movie Features Human & Orc First Contact

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In an interview with Chinese movie news site, Mtime, (courtesy Man Made Movies) Director Duncan Jones shed some light on what to expect from the highly anticipated Warcraft movie.

“From the moment I first talked to Blizzard, the plan was to start our film with the first time Orcs met Humans,” Jones said. “First contact! I think that for a world with so much newness to explain, this was a wise choice, especially when so many people in our audience may not know anything about Warcraft…it was important that some of our characters would be seeing the world fresh as well, and that the audience could see the situation through their eyes.”

Jones said the plan has long been to make a film that is as nuanced as the popular video game.

“As you may know, there has been a long history of trying to make a Warcraft film, and for a number of reasons, it never quite happened,” Jones said. “I was lucky. When I went to talk to Chris Metzen and the guys at Blizzard, we both saw things the same way. A Warcraft film should not be about a good race of humans battling an evil race of orcs! Warcraft should be about heroes on both sides trying to avoid a conflict, when villains leave them no choice.”

He added, “I hope that with our film, the audience will get a chance to see past the Horde/Alliance divide and recognize the heroes on BOTH sides!”

Warcraft lands in theaters on March 11, 2016.