It was a bad summer for blockbuster movies all around, but Duncan Jones’ Warcraft encountered a unique fate. Although the long-anticipated film adaptation of Blizzard’s iconic fantasy video game franchise faced lukewarm box office and harsh criticism in the United States (EW’s Chris Nashawaty gave it a “D” grade), it performed well in China and Europe. Two months on, Thrillist caught up with Jones and talked with him about his mixed feelings on the finished film.
“I’m equally proud and furious about Warcraft,” Jones told Thrillist. “I love it. I spent so much time on it. I put all my heart into trying to make it work. Parts of it, I think, work but it also drives me crazy that I wasn’t able to push through everything that I knew needed to happen in order to make the film I knew it could be.”
In particular, Jones said he was proud of the relationship between the orcs Durotan (Toby Kebbell) and Draka (Anna Galvin), and disappointed with some of the pacing of the finished film: “Trust me, if anyone is frustrated about the pacing of the film and how that turned out, it’s me. It’s not because I didn’t know what was happening, but as I said, death of 1000 cuts.” However, Jones added that he still might be open to directing a sequel.
“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,” Jones said. “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.”