2016 could end up being the year that proves movies based on video games can actually succeed. As of now, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the only video game adaptation that has made more than $100 million domestic, but that may change with the June 10 release of Warcraft. Today, Legendary has debuted a new 60-second TV spot, along with two new posters, one of which showcases the mighty Ogrim (Robert Kazinsky). This epic battle could very well kickstart a new wave of successful video game adaptations, some of which are already in the works.
Warcraft might even become the highest-grossing video game adaptation ever, breaking Lara Croft: Tomb Raider's record of $131.1 million back in 2001. This movie's potential success could pave the way for other highly-anticipated movies such as Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, and Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy set to star. There has even been talk that Nintendo may actually start licensing its video games out for movie adaptations, which hasn't happened since the 1993 bomb Super Mario Bros.
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders. Orc warriors are fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. This action epic is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones. Warcraft is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.
The producers of Warcraft are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O'Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. Warcraft will go up against a pair of sequels, New Line's The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist and Lionsgate's Now You See Me 2: The Second Act. Do you think Warcraft could usher in a new wave of blockbuster video game adaptations? Let us know what you think after checking out this new TV spot.