New Dungeons & Dragons movie on the way

News Simon Brew 8 May 2013 - 06:56

A fresh attempt to make a hit movie franchise out Dungeons & Dragons is arriving from Warner Bros...

Even the most ardent Dungeons & Dragons fan isn't likely to have sat through the 2000 movie starring Jeremy Irons and concluded that it was a keeper. At a point when Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter were firing fantasy cinema to box office and critical gold, Dungeons & Dragons endured a critical slaughtering and a box office return of $33m worldwide. The direct to DVD film that followed did not really improve matters.

However, it's now been revealed that Warner Bros is readying another attempt to bring Dungeons & Dragons to the big screen, in no way influenced by the fact that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey overcame middling to good reviews to earn $1bn at the global box office.

This time, the screenplay for the movie has been penned by David Leslie Johnson. He worked on the script for Wrath Of The Titans and Red Riding Hood, and his Dungeons And Dragons screenplay will be based on something else he'd previously written, an adaptation of Chainmail, which Warner Bros picked up last year.

The director of the earlier film, Courtney Solomon, is amongst the producers of the new project. When we have further news, including an idea of who's going to direct it, we'll bring it to you.


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I wish they'd just make a Dragonlance trilogy.

Hopefully they'll have a great script and better actors. Hollywood sometimes assumes that all you need is CGI dragons.

They've their work cut out for them: I think Game of Thrones has raised the bar pretty high, and I think many will make comparisons of any future fantasy film to GOT and Lord of the Rings. As another commenter suggested, I too think the film adaptation of the Dragonlance chronicles trilogy could be incredible. Raistlin is one of the main protagonists and a character deserving of exposure.

Agreed. Raistlin in particular (and his relationship to Caramon) is a complex character well-deserving of exposure to movie-goers.

You mean you never saw the animated version with Keifer Sutherland as Raistlin? Ughh.....

I would love a live action version of the cartoon rather than poorly cobbled together CGI fest

They already have a script from the 80's cartoon. I want to see 2hrs of Uni and Eric plus the rest of them

I know right? Doesn't that just seem like a no brainer?

Of course, but let's still not underestimate the importance of CGI dragons :D

Having read Jordan, Brooks, Feist, Salvatore, Rowling, Eddings, Gaiman, Pratchett, Tolkien, Sanderson, and Gemmell I still rate Weis and Hickman's DragonLance as my favorite series.

(only just started the works of Martin.)

What is the history of the picture in the article. I had a D&D starter box set with that as it's cover and I've seen it many times since. Seems to be the most famous artwork in fantasy.

That would be amazing. Can you imagine Venger in a Live action movie, Scary stuff

or real ones, if you can get them.

You muuuuust be joking...

Dude, Venger would be Epic.

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