Unfortunately that wasn’t the case upon the movie’s release, and it seems that while it might have generated a fair amount of money, possibly due to its massive fanbase, it wasn’t exactly the critical acclaim that many had hoped for. Speaking in an interview with Syfy, the movie’s director Duncan Jones opens up about where it went wrong.
According to Jones, it seemed like what could have potentially interfered with the movie’s success was the politics involved in making a movie. “Warcraft was a political minefield as far as filmmaking goes. And I think a lot of the rewriting in that, over the course of making the movie was really, really difficult and at times disheartening. Just being forced to make changes and compromises just due to the politics and the nature of that film.”
He also talked about how during the time the movie was made, Legendary was being passed around from studio to studio, where they were initially associated with Warner Bros. before joining Universal and then being sold to Wanda. Jones doesn’t mention anything about a Warcraft sequel (if there is one), but in the past he has mentioned that he might return under the “right conditions”.