'Warcraft 2' release news: Duncan Jones willing to return for sequel; film may not play on U.S. screens

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While there is no official word on whether or not there is going to be a sequel for “Warcraft,” director Duncan Jones may be willing to return and steer the potential sequel toward the vision he has set in the first film.

In an interview with Thrillist, Jones revealed that he would like to finish what he started if there was a possible sequel. He stated that he would love to get the most out of all the hard work done during the three-and-a-half-year process it took to make the film.

Jones shared that while he was proud of the movie, he was also frustrated with all the minor changes that were made over the years while the movie was under production.

Jones also said that fans would not see a director’s cut of the film because of the visual effects. “With a film like this, where there are so many visual effects, every concession that you make you lose those shots. They cease to exist because the effects work never gets done,” Jones added.

Meanwhile, an industry expert spoke to TheWrap about how “Warcraft 2” might not even be released in U.S. theaters. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan partner, Sky Moore, said that since “Warcraft” flopped in the U.S. market, the sequel might ignore the U.S. market and concentrate on audiences overseas, especially China. Moore believes that the sequel will be more China-centric.

For a $160 million film, “Warcraft” made a measly $47 million at the domestic box office. On the other hand, the film made $220.8 million in China. The movie also did well in Russia ($22.5 million) and Germany ($15.7 million).

Can “Warcraft 2” succeed by concentrating on its international box office gross?

Others don’t think so. An article on Forbes made a point that while “Warcraft” raked in $156 million in its five days in China, it slowed down significantly over the next month.