Warner Bros. Rolls the Dice on Dungeons & Dragons Film
Warner Bros. is taking a roll of the 12-sided die with a big screen Dungeons & Dragons effort. Deadline reported that the studio acquired the film rights to the massive role-playing game world created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974.
The film is actually based on an existing screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson, who penned Wrath of the Titans, Red Riding Hood and a few episodes of The Walking Dead. Johnson’s original script, called Chainmail, was actually based on a game that Gygax and Arneson created before D&D. Warner Bros. picked up the script, acquired the D&D rights and are working on retrofitting the script to better serve the more popular franchise.
The games have spawned all kinds of related entertainment from novels and comics to an ’80s animated series and a trio of films. New Line tried its hand at a live-action film in 2000 with Jeremy Irons, Damon Wayans and Justin Whalin. That was followed up by a pair of straight-to-video titles called Wrath of the Dragon God and The Book of Vile Darkness.