Warcraft director Duncan Jones has revealed some of the scenes and references that were left on the cutting room floor, but could one day be seen in an extended edition.
Speaking with YouTube’s TradeChat, Jones said one of these sequences would have better explained the character Garona. The interviewer pointed out that in World of Warcraft, Garona is half-draenei, half-orc, but in the movie, she’s half-human, half-orc.
“Our film is Warcraft, not World of Warcraft,” Jones explained, adding that the focus of the first Warcraft RTS game was “pretty exclusively on orcs and humans.
He went on to say that it was “pivotal” that Garona be seen as a “fulcrum role” between humans and orcs.
“What makes most sense for us is she is someone who is an outcast in both cultures,” Jones explained. “She tries to find a home in both.”
The director revealed that this scene was cut when asked if a Warcraft sequel could shed more light on Garona’s history.
“To be honest, it won’t take a sequel. It’s in the extended edition, and it was in the cut until we got closer to the film coming out,” he said. “The answer makes sense in our reality–the reason she exists makes total sense. “
Additionally, Jones said scenes in Warcraft‘s theatrical version do offer some insight into Garona’s nature–you just have to spot them.
“If you watch the film again and you think about all of her reactions with characters and what they say, you could actually probably work it out,” he said.
Another thing cut from Warcraft‘s theatrical version was a musical Easter egg that would have tied the movie to his past films, Moon and Source Code.
“If you know Moon or Source Code, there’s this very sweet, very talented guy named Chesney Hawkes who wrote this really, really big hit in Britain called ‘I Am The One And Only,”’ Jones said. “I used it as an alarm clock in Moon, and a ring tone in Source Code—and I actually got him to do a version as a bard in Warcraft.”
But it had to go.
“We weren’t able to keep it in the cut,” he said. “But somehow, maybe, I’ll just sneak it into the Twitterverse… he did a Warcraft-medievally version of his single, and it’s just brilliant. Unfortunately I was the only one who thought it was hilarious.”
Jones also revealed on Twitter that a “troll raid” scene was cut from the theatrical version.
“Was too expensive to do, and not directly enough related to the main plot, so scratched early on,” he said.
As for whether or not there will ever be an extended cut of Warcraft that contains these scenes (and whatever else Jones has not talked about), the director said it depends on how Warcraft does at the box office.
“There will be no extended cut unless the theatrical does well,” he explained on Twitter. “That is just the way of things.”
The theatrical version’s runtime is around two hours. There was 40 minutes worth of footage that was cut that could be featured in an extended cut, Jones said.
Warcraft opened in international markets last week, bringing in $31.6 million, according to Deadline. The US release is scheduled for June 10, but the movie is not expected to hit the top of the chart. The production budget is pegged at $160 million.
Jones has also talked about making two more Warcraft movies, but for that to happen, the first one needs to be a success.
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