A new Dungeons & Dragons movie is finally in the works, after a long delay due to a legal dispute over rights, according to Variety. The lawsuit involved Warner Bros., Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment, and lasted two years.
This won’t be the first D&D movie — that would be Dungeons & Dragons from 2000, which nobody liked. It was followed by loose sequels that also failed to do the legendary fantasy brand justice: the TV movie Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God in 2005 and the 2012 DVD release Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness.
There’s really nowhere to go but up.
The screenplay for the new film has already been written, by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2, Orphan, Wrath of the Titans). More importantly, it’s set in the Forgotten Realms, which inspired io9 to proclaim the as-yet untitled project will be “the Dungeons & Dragons movie of your dreams”:
The fact that the film will be set in the Forgotten Realm, where most D&D novels and video games have been set, implies that WB is taking a much more serious attempt at bringing the hit RPG to movie screen that the previous film. There’s not only a wealth of stories to adapt, but the franchise’s most popular characters live in the Forgotten Realms, including the tragically noble dark elf Drow named Drizzt Do’Urden.
Roy Lee is one of the producers, which Polygon takes as a good sign, because Lee was a producer of the Oscar-nominated Lego Movie. With the trend of movies being made out of pre-existing brands, it’s better to have the Lego Movie guy than, say, the Battleship movie guy.
Of course, the movie will need a director. And some actors. Those people will have a little something to do with whether it succeeds or fails as well.