You might have thought that Warcraft movie would just be a flight of fantasy, but it turns out there may be more to it than just swords and/or sorcery.
Fans who got into Blizzard's orcs-vs.-humans universe with World of Warcraft might not be aware that before all the online raiding was a strategy game in which two opposing factions harvested resources, built town(s) and then destroyed each other. Sure, you could imagine what your peons' day-to-day lives might be like, but, really, it's basically just orcs and humans at crossed swords and purposes.
So when star Dominic Cooper sat down to talk about what we thought was a World of Warcraft movie and described something more like the original strategy games, our eyebrows were decidedly raised. But it's not necessarily a bad thing. Here's how Cooper describes the movie so far:
“There’s a very human story at the heart of it because there’s a few of us that are humans in it that are up against tribes and problematic issues that exist in the world that we exist in. It’s happening all over the world at the moment and you see it happening all over. People have savaged their own lands and their own environment and they’re having to find a new environment in which to move into through the hostility of others. If there’s something as poignant as that that we can relate to and that we see unfolding in everyday life, then it will make it a worthwhile story.”
Building resources, killing the enemy, and then using their resources to build some more? Yes, that sounds very much like the way the classic Warcraft played out. But then there's that "human" element Cooper mentioned, which seemed to be his way of very gently pointing out that humans have being doing that sort of thing for ages -- using up their own resources and then not-so-calmly asking for a cup of sugar from the neighbors. That's sort of why most many wars happen in the first place, when you think about it.
Filming is just getting underway, and with all likelihood that will take a long while (followed being an even longer post-production process), but could it be that the Warcraft movie is looking to make a political statement? Or at the very least a commentary on the at-times corrupt nature of humans?
More importantly -- should they? Or should it just be orcs yelling "zug zug?"