Some ideas for the sequel. Duncan is heading in the correct direction as far as the plot is concerned.
1. Ditch Guldan and the Tomb of Sargeras. He was cool for one movie, but we don't need him as the big bad anymore. He should die unceremoniously and even off screen to save time, because we already know the extent of his powers and charisma. He already lost the moment he had to use magic against Durotan. Audiences won't miss him.
2. Wrap up Lothar, Khadgar and Orgrim's storylines quickly. Make way for the new characters otherwise you'll end up with another case of audiences not knowing what's going on.
3. Remove references as many as possible to the first movie (or recap it briefly) and make it standalone and accessible to a wide audience. Don't even call it Warcraft 2. Call it Warcraft: subtitle and market it as a new story in the Warcraft saga, as opposed to a sequel to the Warcraft movie.
4. Lord of the Clans shouldn't be a side story. It should be the MAIN story. The second war should be the side story. This way you can cameo all your trolls, ogres, and heroes of both the alliance and the horde quickly, without having to spend much time on them.
Goel's story should at least be 60% of the movie. Instead of making a war movie like the first one, make it a personal movie with "human" (not as in race) and relatable drama. The story of a misunderstood beast, despite how cliche it is always hits notes with people all the time, if done right. If you go with this, you only really need to motion capture Goel and the rest of the cast will only be humans. Duncan Jones will also have more creative control if the movie has way less budget if he goes in that direction. He has already proven that he doesn't need a big budget to make a great movie. If anything, it distracts him from his original goal.
Budget goal? I think 80 million should do, that is about half the budget of the Warcraft movie.
Yeah you're right but tbh, I'm still pretty pissed at Gul'dan. *beep* him for killing Durotan, that's what the audience have been saying too lol. Maybe Duncan Jones will have Thrall killing Gul'dan because he Orgrim tells him what happened to his father?
That has to happen instead of his fate from the game! Lothar killed Blackhand instead of Orgrim so why can't Thrall have his revenge on Gul'Dan!?
Much as I love Thrall and think he's cool, I just don't see mainstream audiences flocking to a movie with an orc as the sole main character. Especially if you're trying to entice people who passed on the first movie.
Unless Thrall is accompanied by Jaina Proudmore or another charismatic character ! I truly want Thrall to be one of the main focuses on the sequels!