Dungeons and Dragons is definitely something that is on a lot of people’s lips these days. Granted, for most, the OG RPG never left. With popular podcasts like Critical Role and The Adventure Zone, along with shout-outs in shows like Stranger Things, it’s enjoying a prominence again that hasn’t been seen since it first came out.
It’s unsurprising that Hollywood wants to capitalize on this and make a movie for Dungeons and Dragons. The film, however, has been experiencing some trouble getting started.
Today, according to The Hollywood Reporter, there is some good news. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Game Night) have entered talks to direct the film. Daley and Goldstein are replacing Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie), who left the project to direct the Chris Pratt starring Ghost Draft. Funnily enough, Daley and Goldstein left Ezra Miller’s The Flash.
Sometimes, it just feels like a directing musical chairs.
The script will be penned by Michael Gilio (Kwik Stop).
There was a wonderfully awful film from New Line based on the property in 2000, which starred Jeremy Irons. I recommend it mainly for the camp factor and there was also a cartoon in the 80s (also campy and hilarious).
Recently, however, the film rights for the property have been at the center of a messy legal battle that emerged with Warner Bros nabbing the rights in 2015 settlement. Ansel Elgort was attached to star, but Warner lost the rights to Paramount, who has the production/distribution deal with Hasbro who owns the game. Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will produce the project under Hasbro’s movie banner AllSpark Pictures.
There’s no cast attached to the project at this time. Let’s be real though if noted D&D enthusiast Joe Manganiello isn’t starring in this film, then what is even the point?
There is no release date for Dungeons and Dragons at this time.
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