Thanks to Game of Thrones and Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films, the world is apparently set to be subjected to yet another Dungeons & Dragons film. That’s right, the game that was at the epicenter of the ‘80s Satanic Panic craze is back again – in movie form!
Astute (or unlucky…) film followers will remember that New Line commissioned a take on the popular role-playing game back in 2000 – and that it was awful -- but not so awful that it didn’t inspire a made-for-television sequel. Director Courtney Solomon is involved in the new version as a producer, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that the update – set up at Warner Bros. – will do much better.
A story at Deadline indicates the project is moving along in development, using a script by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson. His original script, entitled Chainmail, was a stand-alone period piece based on an earlier Gygax game of the same name. The script has been rewritten so that it works in the D&D universe since that world has a broader appeal.
Warner Bros. is ready to begin looking for directors to helm the project – and hopes this will launch a new franchise. As such, Deadline says it is committed to spending whatever it takes to compete with titles like Jackson’s The Hobbit films in an ever more crowded medieval fantasy marketplace. Short of getting Lord of the Rings, D&D is potentially the biggest license out there – having generated roughly a billion dollars in revenue since 1974. There are great stories in the various game modules and novel spin-offs, so maybe there’s hope for this franchise.
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