‘Warcraft’ Release Date Bumped to 2016 to Avoid Conflict with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Universal avoids direct competition with ‘Star Wars’ new movie by moving video game adaptation to March 11, 2016.

The highly awaited movie adaptation of popular game ‘World of Warcraft’ has been rescheduled from it’s original Dec. 18, 2015 release date to March 11, 2016 to avoid direct competition with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Photo: king2009_12@yahoo.com/Flickr

Universal movie studio announced that it decided to move its movie adaptation of the popular video game from its original Dec. 18, 2015 release date – a few weeks after Disney announced director J.J. Abrams’ “Episode VII” would hit the U.S. theatres on the same day.

The Duncan Jones-helmed fantasy flick will now open on March 11, 2016, Variety reported.

“The move could end up a blessing in disguise for “Warcraft,” which stars Colin Farrell and Paula Paton,” writes The New York Daily News.

“By moving out of its original release date, the film avoids the risk of opening at the tail end of the most crowded popcorn film slate in Hollywood history, when movie-goers may be suffering from severe blockbuster fatigue,” the publication adds.

2015 will become quite fruitfull for theatre-goers as $8 average per movies are scheduled for release – $14 in New York City and more for 3D – for the likes of “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Feb. 14) “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” (May 15), “Jurassic World” (June 12), “The Terminator” reboot (July 1).

Which is more, that year will be released “Despicable Me” spinoff, Minions” (July 10) , The “Man of Steel” sequel (July 17) “Assassin’s Creed” (Aug. 7), the next James Bond film (Nov. 6), “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (Nov. 20), “Star Wars: Episode VII” (Dec. 18), “Kung Fu Panda 3” (Dec. 23) and “Mission Impossible 5” (Dec. 25).

That would have been a lot of dragons for “Warcraft” to have to slay to reap much treasure the box office.

“It’s one gigantic hit franchise after another,” he says. “It looks like in this massive release game of chicken and no one’s blinking,” Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak recently told the media. “It could end up as a major traffic jam at the multiplex.”

The ‘Warcraft’ movie will be produced by Legendary Pictures and directed by Duncan Jones, the man behind such movies as Source Code and Moon. The script is written by Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt in partnership with the director himself, Duncan Jones.

It was previously thought that Legendary Pictures had teamed up with Warner Bros. to release the film, but according to Blizzard’s tweet, it looks like they might have gone with Universal instead, that will distribute the movie in 2015.

Unlike Jones’ previous films, which had smaller budgets in the $35 million range, Warcraft is set to be a big, CGI-filled, blockbuster with a reported budget of more than $100 million.

So far, Legendary has largely succeeded at bringing fantasy and spectacle to the big screen with hits such as 300, Inception, Man of Steel, and the Dark Knight Trilogy. Shooting is set to start early next year, but there’s no official word on who’ll inhabit the world of Azeroth on the big screen just yet, says the Verge.

World of Warcraft certainly has enough fans and enough cinematic elements in the game to get a lot of people interested. Earlier there were speculations about Colin Farrell being part of the movie, however the actor has not yet confirmed his involvement in the project. So far he is still the biggest name attached to a video game movie.

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