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Director Uwe Boll contacted Blizzard about directing the film, but Blizzard refused. As quoted by MTV news Uwe Boll stated: "I got in contact with Paul Sams of Blizzard, and he said, 'We will not sell the movie rights, not to you... especially not to you. Because it's such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it."
Duncan Jones said that the original script was very one sided in terms of the two factions (horde and alliance), after signing on to direct he made major edits to the story as well as the script so both factions could tell their side of the story.
The film was going to be released in December 2015 but was pushed back to May 2016 to avoid the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
Bill Westenhofer, the lead visual effects supervisor for the film, is a long time World of Warcraft player and has mentioned getting up at 2 AM to raid with his guild while on film sets. Robert Kazinsky is also a die hard Warcraft player and recalls producers telling him to turn the game off while on the set of Pacific Rim (2013).
An Orcish dialect was created specifically for the movie.
The source for the movie adaptation is being taken from the books "Rise of the Horde", which tells how the Orcish Horde was formed; as well as "The Last Guardian", which shows the human side and reaction to Orcish invasion.
The film went through 20 months of post production. Thomas Tull the CEO of Legendary Pictures and producer of the film said that the things Duncan Jones and the special effects team are doing are truly on the cutting edge.
When a fan asked Duncan Jones where he would be shooting the film during a Blizz-Con Q&A he was not allowed to answer but did hint at the shirt he was wearing that said "Vancouver"(where the film was shot)
It took 123 days to complete filming.
Blizzard announced a Warcraft film in 2006 the film will now be released in 2016
Duncan Jones said that the Warcraft universe is very "High Fantasy" or in other words very eccentric and planned to make it feel more grounded in reality though at the same time keep the look and feel of the games in the film.
Lifesize weapons and suits of armour were built for the orcs despite the orcs being played by actors via motion capture. This was mainly for photographic references and so that they could use them as props on the set.
Colin Farrell was approached for the role of King Llane and he even met with the director and read the script. Ultimately he was not cast and Dominic Cooper then took the role.
At the 2014 Comic-Con, Legendary had brought some weapons from the film to show off as well as a teaser. Fans of the series instantly recognised one of the weapons on display that is commonly known as the Doomhammer (one of the most iconic weapons in the game).
Chris Metzen the lead story writer at Blizzard Entertainment and the voice of many key characters in the Warcraft series is also in charge of the story of the film
Paula Patton is not portraying her character Garona in motion capture despite playing Garona being half Orc.
At one point Johnny Depp was interested to star.
Terry Notary who portrays Grommash Hellscream is alternatively known for performing orc movements and teaching his co-stars. This was also mentioned by Robert Kazinsky during BlizzCon 2014.
Robert Kazinsky plays World of Warcraft on his Horde Death Knight (revealed during Blizzcon movie panel)
At one time, Sam Raimi was set to direct.
Gary Whitta wrote a script to the film that was scrapped once Sam Raimi took over.
A live action concept trailer for the film was shown at comic-con a few years ago showing a knight begin a fight with an Orc. It was revealed hours later that the film had not even started pre production.
Two actors from the film, Ben Foster and Daniel Cudmore, play Angel and Colossus respectively in the X-Men franchise.
In an interview with The Red Bulletin, Travis Fimmel admitted to not having heard of the Warcraft franchise prior to signing for the film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Warcraft is said to be an adaptation of the very first Warcraft game and the story follows the first war between the orcs and humans (though other races are rumoured to appear e.g dwarfs)
Because Lothar has been announced to appear in the film many assume the film will follow the events of Warcraft 1 due to Medivh and Lothar only meeting in that time period.

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