Duncan Jones Discusses Potential Return to WARCRAFT Sequel and No Director's Cut
Warcraft may have completely bombed in the U.S. but it exploded in China, and that gives me hope that we will get to see a sequel one day. I am a big fan of the first movie, and director Duncan Jones started it with a potential full trilogy of films in mind. Not long ago it was hinted that a sequel would happen, but there's been no official announcement from the studio.
Jones recently did an interview with Thrillist, and during the interview, he was asked about the potential for returning for a sequel to the film. This was his reply:
“If there were an opportunity for us to make another film in the Warcraft universe, I really feel like we did the hard work in the first movie as far as setting the table. I would love to capitalize on three-and-a-half years of hard work and be able to have some fun in that world now that I’ve done the hard work. [So] who knows? Maybe I’m just being a masochist.”
When talking about his planned trilogy and where it is headed, the director previously said:
“You don’t make films this big and not hope that you’re going to get the chance to make maybe one or two more. I know Chris Metzen, who works at Blizzard and myself have talked about, if we have the chance to make a trilogy, what would story be? And what we set up in this film, I think, I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying… The Orcs had a home, they lost their home. Duratan, who’s chieftain of the Frost Worlds has tried to bring his people somewhere to give them a new home. At the end of this movie they don’t quite have that new home yet. I would hope by the end of the trilogy we know where the Orcs are going to live.”
It'd be a shame if Jones and Blizzard never got to tell the full story they set out to make. Jones went on to reveal that there will be no extended version of the film.
“A lot of people ask me, ‘When is the director’s cut coming out?’ There will never be a director’s cut. With a film like this, where there are so many visual effects, every concession that you make you lose those shots. They cease to exist because the effects work never gets done. Some of it’s not even at that stage. You go through a writing stage right up to the deadline of shooting the thing. [You lose] ideas in the writing process. Then sets change for whatever reason and notes come in. You’re changing things around a three-and-a-half year process. You get these little changes which are constantly course correcting you. So there is no possibility of ever being a director’s cut. It’s purely in my head.”
It would have been interesting to see a director's cut of the film, but if it's not going to happen it's not going to happen. I would love to sit down with Jones, though, and discuss the details of the film in his head that never made it to the screen.
Warcraft will be released on Digital HD on September 13th, and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on September 27th.