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Warner Bros officially announces Dungeons & Dragons film as lawsuit settles

08.03.2015

Back in 2013, a lawsuit held up Hasbro's reboot of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS franchise. With that suit now settled, WB has officially announced they are beginning development of a new film based on the fantasy role-playing game. Deadline did not disclose what the settlement between Sweetpea Entertainment, Hasbro, and WB entailed, but all three parties will be producing the new film.

WB president Greg Silverman released this statement about the new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS.

“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen,. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”

Unifying the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS brand under Hasbro means that they have full control of all the properties needed to make the film. No director is currently attached but a spec script has been completed by David Leslie Johnson who wrote THE CONJURING 2 and WRATH OF THE TITANS. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS had previously been a shittastic 2000 film starring Marlon Wayans which was followed by two direct to SyFy movies.

With every studio still trying to replicate the success of Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS saga, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS represents the best shot aside from Universal's WARCRAFT. With such a deep history tied to the role-playing game and original novels, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS needs to find an entry level plot that will allow fans to enter the intricate universe of dragons, orcs, monsters, and magic. This will really hinge on the director who they are able to bring on. Any suggestions?

Source: Deadline

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8:21AM on 08/04/2015
Do you even need the rights to Dungeons & Dragons to make this sort of film? I think that's their problem - Lord Of The Rings has characters that your average person might actually have heard of and give a crap about. The fact that there's been a few garbage DTV / TV movies using the Dungeons & Dragons name doesn't really help their case. They could make the best damn fantasy film ever, but there's always going to be a disconnect with the mainstream audience when it comes to a protagonist
Do you even need the rights to Dungeons & Dragons to make this sort of film? I think that's their problem - Lord Of The Rings has characters that your average person might actually have heard of and give a crap about. The fact that there's been a few garbage DTV / TV movies using the Dungeons & Dragons name doesn't really help their case. They could make the best damn fantasy film ever, but there's always going to be a disconnect with the mainstream audience when it comes to a protagonist they've never heard of. Get a great cast and maybe you have a chance - find out which of Hollywood's A-list were fantasy nerds as kids - get them involved.
Also I kinda wonder if the whole adventuring party scenario might work better as an effects-heavy comedy, otherwise without going really brutal on the combat and traps, you're just left with something we've all seen before.
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1:10AM on 08/04/2015
LOL freaking nerds!
LOL freaking nerds!
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10:49PM on 08/03/2015
If you want to replicate Lord of the Rings, do Michael Moorcock's Elric saga.
If you want to replicate Lord of the Rings, do Michael Moorcock's Elric saga.
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9:41PM on 08/03/2015
Just do the Dragonlance story, or the Drizzt books. They're both New York Times Best Selling series, they have extremely iconic characters, and that's what us nerds want. Just do those. Don't make up some new thing that sucks ass. Use your stable of characters, just do it.
Just do the Dragonlance story, or the Drizzt books. They're both New York Times Best Selling series, they have extremely iconic characters, and that's what us nerds want. Just do those. Don't make up some new thing that sucks ass. Use your stable of characters, just do it.
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6:58AM on 08/04/2015
Not all nerds came to the game as late as Dragonlance or Drizzt. Greyhawk would be my preferred setting...gimme Gord the Rogue, or an actual good adaptation of a classic module, like Ghost Tower of Inverness.
Not all nerds came to the game as late as Dragonlance or Drizzt. Greyhawk would be my preferred setting...gimme Gord the Rogue, or an actual good adaptation of a classic module, like Ghost Tower of Inverness.
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8:26PM on 08/03/2015
is D & D still a thing? I thought it kind of died out when World of Warcraft hit.
is D & D still a thing? I thought it kind of died out when World of Warcraft hit.
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8:17PM on 08/03/2015
Drizzt Do'Urden. 'Nuff said.
Drizzt Do'Urden. 'Nuff said.
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3:35PM on 08/03/2015
What needs to be a three part film is the original Dragonlance Chronicles books. Those would make for an amazing experience if done right.
What needs to be a three part film is the original Dragonlance Chronicles books. Those would make for an amazing experience if done right.
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8:18PM on 08/03/2015
But that's not Dungeons & Dragons.
But that's not Dungeons & Dragons.
9:42PM on 08/03/2015
Moonrider - Those are from the Dungeons and Dragons world "Dragonlance," and are official D&D products.
Moonrider - Those are from the Dungeons and Dragons world "Dragonlance," and are official D&D products.
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