Warner Bros Wins the Battle for 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie Rights

May 7, 2013
Source: Deadline

Dungeons & Dragons

Well, this is a no brainer. But maybe 40 years too late? We'll find out soon enough if a name alone can make a hit. News has broke via Deadline that Warner Bros and producer Roy Lee (The Departed, Quarantine, Abduction, The Lego Movie) have obtained the rights to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie, based on the seminal fantasy role-playing game first invented by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974. However, the interesting thing is that the project is actually developing by way of another "free-standing" script merged into this project to become the Dungeons & Dragons movie. But it has all the right people involved so far.

According to the news, the original screenplay was called Chainmail, written by a "Frank Darabont protege" David Leslie Johnson. That project was developed originally based on an "obscure game that was also hatched by D&D designer Gary Gygax before he and Dave Arneson launched D&D," so it has a connection. This movie is being produced by Roy Lee and also Courtney Solomon, the Canadian filmmaker who directed the cheesy 2000 Dungeons & Dragons movie nobody saw. There's a lot of buzz around it already, with Deadline saying WB is "treating it as a big priority… The studio‚Äôs intention is to reboot the franchise for a new generation." Obviously makes sense following the success of "Game of Thrones" and The Hobbit trilogy.

For those who may still be unfamiliar, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy, role-playing, table-top multiplayer game originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. Players create characters with attributes and embark upon fantasy adventures, with a Dungeon Master serving as the score-taker and storyteller. D&D is still popular today (if you've ever been to a Comic-Con, you know that) which means this has the potential to be big, but I'm intrigued to see them follow up The Hobbit and Warcraft first. Any readers big D&D fans?

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


For the love of God, Do the Dragonlance Trilogy!!! Excellent books, perfect characters and would make for top notch films!

Chris McDermid on May 7, 2013


1000xYes. The Weis and Hickman stuff is great, and I would kill to have Tasslehoff on the screen

Raistlin on May 7, 2013


Agree, first 3 DragonLance novels were good, but I haven't read any of their other novelizations last 20 years? Maybe there's something better? Forgotten Realms/Drizzt Do'Urden or maybe a Dark Sun setting? And no, I have not seen the third D&D movie that came out on DvD last year-I'm thinking it's a pile of crap, am I right?

David Banner on May 8, 2013


actuallay it's not THAT bad. It may be more fun if you played 4th edition 'cause you see some 4th edition stuff displayed (races & classes), as well as some general D&D references. So for me it was in line with the second movie - a B-Movie for fans of D&D

Lupo on May 8, 2013


They brought back the creators of the other D&D movies for this? ...but why?

OfficialJab on May 7, 2013



DAVIDPD on May 7, 2013


Ugh. Not sure about this.

Quanah on May 7, 2013


Make a good adaption of the Drizzt novels= make hundreds of millions of dollars, make tens to hundreds of millions of fans, make a movie that can compete with any superhero movie this side of Batman/Supes and open up a movie universe as powerful ($$$) and deep as Marvel/DC/Star Wars/Star Trek/LOTR. . Alex, does D&D hold their own rights a la Marvel (and they're just making a one time deal with WB to make this movie)? Or does someone else hold the rights?

si1ver on May 7, 2013


If the film doesn't have Uni in it then it won't be D&D. Also Uni needs to ruin the escape every time in a secret and selfish bid to keep the kids there.

UNIlover on May 8, 2013


What was up with dressing the young girl in a fur bikini?

mooreworthy on May 8, 2013


Movie will not get the money needed to be a real blockbuster. Be prepared for a straight to dvd quality movie.

Brian Sleider on May 8, 2013


Cast RDJ. It'll make money...

Bl00dwerK on May 8, 2013


Drizzt, Dorn, or GTFO.

GN Braun on May 8, 2013


How do you make a generic D&D movie without it just looking like a collection of the usual fantasy devices any other genre film would churn out. It has to be tied to something more to distinguish it. Just *saying* it's a D&D movie isn't going to achieve anything.

chris on May 8, 2013


Hey come on, its not like they just made up a story and then mixed it with a D&D script and called it D&D . . . ...oh wait.

si1ver on May 9, 2013


Didn't they already do a crappy version of a D&D movie?

mistermysteryguest on May 8, 2013


Yes, as was stated in the article you appearantly didn't read.

Nick on May 9, 2013


Correct. I read the title and skimmed this particular article, since I'm not very interested.

mistermysteryguest on May 9, 2013


The movie was acutally decent. But the general populace doesn't understand D&D and therefore, didn't get how the characters where portrayed in the film.

Calen Nost on Sep 18, 2014


"How come everytime somethin' happens, YOU got to blame the mages?" "Well, when was the last time you saw a river catch on fire?!?" I LOVED the movie!

Sam Casey on Mar 27, 2015


Why is there no update on this? Universal is also makine a Dungeons & Dragons movie. Did you leave it all up to Ethan while you're in Cannes?

Harry on May 14, 2013


Liam Neeson as Tanis Half elven.

Mario Adi on Jun 7, 2013


Sean Connery as Flint Fireforge!

Sam Casey on Mar 27, 2015


Legend of huma, then into the dragonlance trilogy. That would be pretty sweet.

Jason M. DeWitt on Dec 7, 2013


I hope to see D&D movies made of two of their gaming worlds. The Forgotten Realms and the ever popular Drizzt who was born to a dark, deadly world and strugles to find a new home where he can follow his heart, and the Dragonlance world... with some very fun and interesting characters like Tas or tasselhoff burrfoot. with good casting these would be excellent. I have a couple facebooks groups growing to show their excitement about these ideas. pls visit. pls join in and support these ideas.

djdas on Dec 12, 2014


animated movie might be better. after all look what happened to the dragon ball z live action movie a classic anime destroyed by a live action movie. its something that shouldn't be rushed

chris on Mar 17, 2015


I saw the live action D&D movie with Justin Waylin andDamon Wayans. I even saw the sequel. (Yes, there is a sequel) I liked'em.

Sam Casey on Mar 27, 2015


I see all the articles talking about how WB is planning a Forgotten Realms movie and yet, all the comments I keep reading is about Drizzt. Is that the ONLY character people are familiar with? You got Mazzy, Cernd, Minsc and Boo, Jahiera, Imoen, Jon Irenicus, a whole host of characters. All you people can think about is just one? Drizzt was cool and all but, the world is a LOT bigger than he.

Sam Casey on Mar 27, 2015

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