A Blizzard fan has produced a shot-for-shot remake of the trailer for this summer’s blockbuster Warcraft movie adaptation using nothing but footage from World of Warcraft.
This summer’s movie adaptation of Warcraft looks set to be one of the most faithful video game to movie transitions ever constructed. However, one fan has produced a version of the trailer that’s even more accurate to its source material — because it uses footage taken directly from World of Warcraft.
The two-minute clip was created by Ivan Kuzkin, and it’s a very impressive piece of work. Kuzkin has clearly spent plenty of time poring over the original trailer and finding locations in the game world that will stand in for the areas of Azeroth and Draenor that we see in the movie.
The result is a largely accurate recreation of the movie trailer — even if the timing gets thrown off a little bit during the middle of the clip. It’s a testament to its creator’s skills as a video editor, as well as the accomplishment of the talent behind the new movie in creating such a thoughtful adaptation.
There have been some truly terrible video game movies over the years, but Warcraft looks set to buck that trend. Director Duncan Jones clearly has a passion for the source material, and the cast that has been assembled far eclipses most adaptations of this kind.
However, it’s the attention to detail that will convince hardcore fans that this isn’t your typical cash-grab. Everything from weaponry to architecture has been thoroughly researched and lovingly re-created — and that no doubt helped Kuzkin in his attempts to recreate the trailer using assets from World of Warcraft.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether or not such a faithful adaptation will succeed at the box office. It’s sure to help convince fans that this is more than your typical video game movie, but audiences unfamiliar with the source material might be turned off.
Warcraft is one of two major blockbusters based on video games set to release in 2016. The other is Assassin’s Creed, which stars Michael Fassbender and will apparently diverge from its inspiration by spending more time in the present day than in the past.
Both Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft represent a significant risk for their respective studios — these are expensive projects based on properties that were arguably more popular when they were given the green light than they are now. If either one fails, we can expect to see far fewer movies based on video games over the next few years.
Warcraft releases in theaters on June 10, 2016.
Source: Games Radar