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Warcraft Movie Director Says More People Appreciate The Movie Now, But Sequels Remain Unlikely

The 2016 Warcraft movie from director Duncan Jones made more than $433 million worldwide, but despite that huge box office number, it appears the sequels that Jones wanted to make are not going to happen–and there are a number of reasons why that is.

Jones told Collider that he would have “loved” to make two more movies to complete the trilogy, but it’s looking unlikely that the follow-ups will be made. Despite that, Jones said he thinks Warcraft is being appreciated more and more now, as time goes on.

“It really would have been pretty special,” he said of his plans for a trilogy. “It’s unfortunate now, you gotta try and go with your harp on these things. I made the film as best I could on the first film hoping that it would connect with an audience. I genuinely think that in retrospect and as time has moved on, people are starting to appreciate the film than maybe the critics did when it first came out but unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to get to make any more.”

Jones said this three-film arc for Warcraft would have included further storytelling for Gul’dan and Thrall, and on a wider level, how the orcs left their home world to live in Azeroth.

Also in the interview, Jones spoke about the challenging nature of working with so many different stakeholders to get Warcraft made.

“It was an absolute… The essence of studio filmmaking,” he said. “I got a chance to experience multiple studios takes on what a film of this size should be on one movie because it was originally. Originally, we were Warner Brothers, I was working with Atlas, I was working with Universal. It was working with Legendary, I was working with Blizzard and obviously Blizzard were very passionate about what film should be because they are who had been with the game for so long and they didn’t want to detract from that. So there were more points as to what the film needed to be. And then Legendary was bought by Wanda while we were making the movie. So it was a unique moment in time for experiencing what kind of craziness studio filmmaking could be.”

Warcraft only made $47.4 million in the US and Canada, but it made $386.3 million–or 89.1 percent of its total box office revenue–from overseas markets. China accounted for a massive $213.5 million of the movie’s international grosses. On a worldwide basis, Warcraft is the 258th biggest movie ever, ahead of Detective Pikachu and numerous other franchise movies.

Warcraft had a reported budget of $160 million, so $433 million in worldwide grosses sounds like a success story. However, as ScreenRant points out, Hollywood studios only make about 25 percent of a film’s gross in China, so Warcraft’s $213.5 million in China netted Legendary only $53.4 million. In America, a film studio typically takes home around 50 percent off the box office. Using that math, ScreenRant estimates that Warcraft actually only made $145 million, which is below its reported production budget; and this number doesn’t even count marketing expenses. Looking at the numbers through that light, it’s not hard to understand why the Warcraft sequels aren’t coming.

Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, and Daniel Wu.

As for Jones, he went on to release the low-budget sci-fi movie Mute for Netflix in 2018. It is in the same universe as his 2009 breakout hit Moon starring Sam Rockwell. Jones had said he had plans for a third movie in that connected universe, but for now, it’s only a graphic novel. “

“It’s going to be a tricky one to finance in this era where original material on a bigger budget is difficult to get made, so I definitely want to do the graphic novel so at least it will exist in some form,” he told Polygon. “Then, hopefully, if people read the graphic novel and get really excited about it, I’m gonna try and use that as a way to leverage getting the movie made.”

Harry Styles In Talks To Play Prince Eric In Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid

One Direction singer Harry Styles is in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s new live-action Little Mermaid, according to Variety. The site reports that he’s in “early negotiations” for the role.

It’s unclear what other actors might be in talks to play Prince Eric, or when a final casting decision will be made. What we do know is that Halle Bailey will play Ariel. Melissa McCarthy is set to portray the evil Ursula. According to Variety writer Justin Kroll, discussions with Styles are “very early.” Kroll said it’s possible that Styles “may still be on the fence” about joining the movie.

The new Little Mermaid is directed by frequent Disney director Rob Marshall, who previously directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and Mary Poppins Returns. The film will use songs from the 1989 original movie, along with new ones from Disney legend Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

It was recently reported that Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) are in discussions to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively. This has yet to be confirmed, however.

As for Styles, he appeared in Christopher Nolan’s war movie Dunkirk. He reportedly tested for Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic, but the role ultimately went to Austin Butler.

Variety’s writer, Justin Kroll, said Styles was “the choice” for Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid for “a while,” but things got complicated when he tested for Elivs. “Styles was the choice for awhile but there were rumblings he was expected to pass, in hopes he would get Elvis instead,” Kroll said. “Sounds like he smartly held the offer until the ELVIS decision was made and went with his next option.”

Prince Eric had no songs in the 1989 Little Mermaid, but casting someone like Styles–who has singing chops–suggests the live-action movie may change that. In the 2000s Broadway version of The Little Mermaid, Eric has multiple songs.

The live-action Little Mermaid is expected to begin production in 2020. Disney’s next live-action reboot is The Lion King, which opens this week.

Over 100 PC Games Will Launch On Ubisoft’s Uplay Plus Subscription

Ubisoft has revealed the full list of games that will be available on Uplay+ when the service launches. First teased at E3 2019, Uplay+ is a subscription-based service that gives you access to a library of games–think along the same lines as EA Access or Xbox Game Pass.

“The value of Uplay+ is that you not only get access to our catalog of more than 100 games and DLC, but you also will be able to enjoy our upcoming releases,” Ubisoft VP of platform and product management Brenda Panagrossi said in a blog post. “Uplay+ subscribers will be able to play Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion premium editions. Couple that with upcoming games like Gods & Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine, Uplay+ is packed with new releases in the first 12 months for only $14.99/month.”

Exclusive to PC, Uplay+ launches with close to a hundred games on September 3. Some of the most notable titles included are Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ultimate Edition, Child of Light, Far Cry 5 – Gold Edition, For Honor – Marching Fire Edition, Rayman Legends, South Park: The Fractured but Whole – Gold Edition, Rainbow Six Siege – Ultimate Year Four Edition, Splinter Cell Blacklist – Deluxe Edition, The Division 2 – Ultimate Edition, Trials Rising – Gold Edition, and Watch Dogs 2 – Gold Edition.

As Panagrossi mentioned, new Ubisoft games scheduled to come in 2020 will be added to the service as well, including Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs Legion. The full list can be found below. The bolded titles will not be available come launch.

Current Uplay+ Game List (Subject To Change)

  • Anno 1800 – Deluxe Edition
  • Anno 2205 – Ultimate Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed – Director’s Cut
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – China
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – India
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Russia
  • Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry – Standalone Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed II – Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed III + Liberation Remastered
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Gold Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ultimate Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – Gold Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – Discovery Tour
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Standard Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue – Deluxe Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Gold Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity – Standard Edition
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Brothers in Arms: Earned In Blood
  • Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway
  • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
  • Child of Light
  • Cold Fear
  • Far Cry 2 – Fortune’s Edition
  • Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon (Standalone)
  • Far Cry 3 – Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry 4 – Gold Edition
  • Far Cry 5 – Gold Edition
  • Far Cry New Dawn – Deluxe Edition
  • Far Cry Primal – Digital Apex Edition
  • Flashback Origin
  • For Honor – Marching Fire Edition
  • From Dust
  • Gods & Monsters
  • I Am Alive
  • Imperialism
  • Imperialism 2
  • Might & Magic IX
  • Might & Magic VII – For Blood And Honor
  • Might & Magic VIII -Day of the Destroyer
  • Might & Magic X Legacy – Deluxe Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes II – Gold Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes III – Complete Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes V – Standard Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI – Gold Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI – Shades of Darkness
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VII – Deluxe Edition
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VII – Trial by Fire
  • Monopoly PLUS
  • Ode
  • Panzer General 2
  • Panzer General 3D assault
  • POD Gold
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – Deluxe Edition
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
  • Rayman 2
  • Rayman 3
  • Rayman Forever
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Silent Hunter 2
  • Silent Hunter 3
  • Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific – Gold Edition
  • Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic – Gold Edition
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole – Gold Edition
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth – Standard Edition
  • Speed Buster
  • Starlink – Digital Deluxe Starter Kit
  • Steep – X Games Gold Edition
  • The Crew – Ultimate Edition
  • The Crew 2 – Gold Edition
  • The Settlers 1 – History Edition
  • The Settlers 2 – History Edition
  • The Settlers 3 – History Edition
  • The Settlers 4 – History Edition
  • The Settlers 5: Heritage of the Kings – History Edition
  • The Settlers 6: Rise of an Empire – History Edition
  • The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom – History Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s EndWar
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier – Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Ultimate Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – Standard Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 – Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Lockdown
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Ultimate Year Four Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas II
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Quarantine
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist – Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction – Deluxe Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division – Gold Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – Ultimate Edition
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Transference – Uplay
  • Trials Evolution – Gold Edition
  • Trials Fusion – Standard Edition
  • Trials Rising – Gold Edition
  • Uno
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Warlords Battlecry
  • Warlords Battlecry 2
  • Watch_Dogs – Complete Edition
  • Watch_Dogs 2 – Gold Edition
  • Watch_Dogs Legion Ultimate Edition
  • World In Conflict – Complete Edition
  • Zombi

We got our first look at Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs Legion at E3 2019. Made by the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey team, Gods & Monsters essentially takes the Atlantis storyline of Odyssey and expands upon it into a full-fledged game where you hunt down monsters from Greek mythology with the weapons and powers of the gods. Rainbow Six Quarantine is a standalone version of Rainbow Six Siege’s limited-time Outbreak mode, which sees Team Rainbow’s Operators fight against waves of zombified humans to stop an infection in PvE combat. Watch Dogs Legion takes the franchise to London, expanding your options in how you take fight tyranny by allowing you to play as any NPC in the city.

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Trailer Shows Just How Haunted The Moon Is

The moon is dark and full of terrors in Destiny 2‘s upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. Bungie released a new trailer gives us a more detailed look at the locations you’ll be blasting Hive in this fall. The trailer also includes a few hints about what else might be hiding under the lunar surface.

Bungie first showed the trailer during GuardianCon earlier this month. Mostly, it’s just a video fly-through of Shadowkeep locales set to music. The expansion marks the first time players have returned to the moon since Destiny 1. It was a significant location in that game but has been absent from Destiny 2, until now. But as the trailer demonstrates, Shadowkeep represents an entirely different area from the Hellmouth of the first game, and there seem to be some strange new things hidden within it. Watch the trailer above.

Look closely, and you’ll see red-tinted Hive scattered throughout Shadowkeep, which looks to represent a new faction and might give a suggestion of who these aliens serve. (There’s a lot of Hive lore about the Hive’s leaders and gods, including Oryx the Taken King from Destiny 1, and his siblings, Savathun–a name all over Destiny 2–and Xivu Arath). There are also brief glimpses of a Fallen Vandal, which might suggest the moon’s population of Fallen are fighting the Hive in Shadowkeep, and of a weird-looking Vex Minotaur. He could be one of the Nightmares, the resurrected versions of past enemies that have been awoken on the moon and need you to kill them. Then again, we can also see a Vex gate in the shot. We know Shadowkeep’s new raid will take place in the Black Garden, a special Vex location from the first Destiny, so this Minotaur could be related to that.

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There’s also a shot in the trailer that gives a possible hint at how Shadowkeep will tie into future story developments in Destiny 2. It shows some creepy figures floating in the air somewhere within the Shadowkeep. These could be bodies of the Hive’s Guardian victims (the moon was the site of a massive battle years ago, in which a whole ton of Guardians were permanently killed). Or those figures might not be human at all, and instead related to a new threat teased at the end of Destiny 2’s vanilla campaign. Destiny’s current story suggests there’s another alien race who attacked far in the past, and they’re on their way back to the solar system.

Of course, there’s a whole lot we still don’t know about Shadowkeep, and the new trailer is very thin on details. We’re stuck waiting until the expansion’s release on September 17 to learn more.

The Best Nintendo Switch Prime Day Deal Is at Walmart

Amazon Prime Day is almost over. It’s true. Amazon had a lot of incredible deals, but it couldn’t compete with Walmart for some of them, particularly the Elite controller and Nintendo Switch deals.

Both of those deals are still alive, by the way. In fact, the majority of Walmart’s best deals remain live and in-stock.

Walmart Prime Day Video Game Deals

Nintendo Switch With Game and Case for $329

The messenger bag originally offered with this deal is no longer available, but there’s good news: you can still get the Paw Patrol case, or 10,000mAh battery case as part of this deal. Pick from grey or neon red/blue and select Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Party and accessory to get the whole bundle for $329 with free 2-day shipping.

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Here Are Your Favorite Amazon Prime Deals So Far

We’re nearing the end of Amazon Prime Day and there have been some seriously great deals. When you factor in competitors like Walmart’s Prime Day deals, this has been the best time to save since Black Friday.

We’ve been watching the numbers and crunching them down to make them easy to digest. Here are YOUR favorite items from Amazon Prime Day, based on IGN audience data. One thing is for sure: people love a PS4 Pro deal.

Top Prime Day Video Game Deals

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The Best Last-Minute Prime Day Video Game Deals Under $100

Prime Day is almost over. It’s been an exhausting journey of deals and savings, but we made it through, together. I like to think we’re closer than before, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking?

In any case, this Prime Day was easily my favorite, in terms of opportunities to save. Some of the best savings in gaming since Black Friday happened during the course of Amazon Prime Day. The deals weren’t just at Amazon, either. Walmart brought the thunder with some deals of its own.

If your bank account is looking a little wiped out right now, don’t sweat it. There are still lots of gaming deals to be found for under $100. You can get the PlayStation Classic for $19.99, for example. That’s an 80% reduction in price since it was first introduced. Dang.

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How Virtual Reality Helped To Create The Lion King

While on the surface, Disney’s latest live-action remake looks a lot like the 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book–and even has the same director in Jon Favreau–the new Lion King was actually crafted very differently. That’s due, in large part, to the technology used to make the film.

During a press conference to promote the film, Favreau revealed that his take on Jungle Book owed a lot of its technique and style to James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar. “In Jungle Book, we were essentially using the same motion capture technology for performers and cameras as had been developed ten years prior for Avatar,” he explained. For The Lion King, though, the technology used to make the CGI-film took a major jump forward. In particular, advances in virtual reality allowed him to create an interactive version of the movie’s setting.

“Towards the end of [Jungle Book], there was a whole slew of consumer-facing VR products that were hitting the scene. And we started experimenting with it at the end of Jungle Book and realized that we could build this really cool system of filmmaking using game engine technology and this new VR technology,” he explained.

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The engine in question is Unity, which is also used in the development of several games, from Hearthstone to Cuphead to Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. When it came to The Lion King, the engine and VR technology allowed Favreau to create a virtual Pridelands that both his cast and crew could fully explore.

“[He] did an amazing job with this,” JD McCrary, who voices young Simba, recalls. “So it was me and Shahadi and Mr. Favreau. We put on the headsets, we had these little controller things in our hands, and we could fly. It was like we were Zazu. We were birds. We were whatever we wanted to be. And we saw everything. We saw the Pridelands. We saw Pride Rock. We saw the watering hole. We saw the elephant graveyard. We saw it all, man. And it was so cool.”

More than allowing his cast to experience the setting they’d be acting in, though, the virtual Pridelands helped Favreau and his team decide how best to film the movie. Describing the program as a sort of “multiplayer VR filmmaking game,” the director noted how it allowed those on the crew without extensive visual effects backgrounds to view the set as if it were a physical location. “The crew would be able to put on the headsets, go in, scout, and actually set cameras within VR,” he said. “And whenever anybody visited, I would pop them into the equipment.”

“It’s like watching your favorite movie, but, like, you’re in it,” McCrary mused. “You’re in the movie.” Now Disney just needs to release that VR program for the rest of the world to play with. In the meantime, The Lion King is in theaters on July 18.

Fortnite 9.40 Update, New Tactical Shotguns Coming Tomorrow

After three weeks of 9.30 content updates, a new patch is on the way for Fortnite. The v9.40 update will arrive on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices tomorrow, July 17, and it looks set to introduce some new weapon variants to the battle royale shooter.

Downtime for the v9.40 update is scheduled to begin at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST, developer Epic announced on Twitter. The studio didn’t discuss what new content will arrive as part of the update, but Fortnite’s in-game news feed is teasing that Epic and Legendary variants of the Tactical Shotgun are “coming soon” to the title.

Given that new weapons are advertised in the News feed just ahead of their release, the Epic and Legendary Tactical Shotguns will presumably arrive in this week’s 9.40 update. We’ll have the full 9.40 patch notes once the update is live.

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Fortnite’s Week 10 challenges arrived on all platforms last week, which means we’re quickly nearing the end of Season 9. Epic typically caps off each season of the game with a big world-changing the event, and it appears one may happen this weekend. Dataminers have recently discovered evidence that a large battle between the monster formerly beneath Polar Peak and the giant robot being assembled at the Pressure Plant will kick off in the game on July 20.

There have been numerous indications within the game that some large-scale event is happening soon. One of Week 10’s challenges tasks players with visiting public service announcement signs, while players have recently begun noticing countdown timers around the island that lead up to the fateful showdown this Saturday, although what exactly that will entail remains to be seen.