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