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‘D&D’ Movie Aims For ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Meets ‘Lord of the Rings’

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Warner Bros.’ “Dungeons & Dragons” live-action movie may not be the straightforward fantasy-adventure some game enthusiasts were expecting.

“This new ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ will be a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe,” producer Roy Lee tells Collider. “Because when you think of all the ‘Hobbit’ movies and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a ‘Raiders’ romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.”

Of course, after 2000’s “Dungeons & Dragons” and two direct-to-DVD sequel, most fans will probably be happy if the new film comes close to “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ meets ‘The Lord of the Rings.'”

It’s been nearly three years since Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to the venerable role-playing game and tapped David Leslie Johnson (“Wrath of the Titans”) to write, but Roy is confident the studio is keen to mine the property for a franchise.

“I think it will really be moving forward quickly, and I don’t anticipate it not getting greenlit this year, mostly because Warner Bros. has DC now, and LEGO, and the ‘Harry Potter’ universe that’s being cultivated as their franchises,” he said. “I believe they see ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ as something that could be cultivated as a multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs from the first movie being in ‘Forgotten Realms’ and subsequent movies being in different worlds.”

Comments

  • Scratch D Twiggs

    I really liked the cartoon version

  • Big Ulf

    I’d rather see GURPS: The Movie

  • Eric Overy

    Not much hope here…I mean..lets be honest, have ANY of the live action D&D movies been any good?

  • That Guy Grimm

    I agree. They should just make a live action D&D movie based on the cartoon.

  • Charlie Esser

    Unfortunately that seems unlikely as the Cartoon and so possibly the characters were a Marvel production and so winds up with Disney not Warners, but who knows there may be some statutes of limitations, or agreements that could allow it.

  • Charlie Esser

    While a cartoon reboot is unlikely, it’s basic conceit of persons brought to the D&D world could be excellent, even one protagonist (a chosen one if you will) from the outside brought into the madness of a dungeon crawl would be awesome. Really, an ubergamer brought into their fantasy world sounds great, their enhanced knowledge would make them formidable, but coming to terms with the human costs of battle with things they thought of as fictional might give the film the right amount of pathos to carry it through. Again in that, a couple characters with differing reactions to the world’s fictionality would be cool.

  • Charlie Esser

    Well, that could be said for a lot of Marvel Movies before X-Men too. It’s a world and all worlds can hold great stories if great stories are told in them.

  • Eric Overy

    Thats a fair point. Lets just hope they do it right. I can count endless hours playing on the table top back in the day. Each one of them great. It would be nice if they could somehow recapture that.

  • red vector

    If that’s the case they could take inspiration from the cartoon but use the primise of a group of college or high school friends playing D&D and are transported to the world of the game. And like the cartoon they find themselves transformed into the arch types they created for the game.

  • CatfishBigg

    my wife still reminds me how I took her to see the D&D movie in the theater in 2000 and how much it sucked. I haven’t been able to pick a movie for us to see since then.

  • Kyle Monson

    I have not been able to use a beholder in a campaign without somebody using “throws a rock to distract it” since 2000 either.

  • Kyle Monson

    I have not been able to use a beholder in a campaign without somebody using “throws a rock to distract it” since 2000 either.

  • blomfail

    Yeah, but they’ll probably cast in-shape, athletic, and attractive-looking actors. You know, the opposite of what the average D&D player looks like.

  • blomfail

    Yeah, but they’ll probably cast in-shape, athletic, and attractive-looking actors. You know, the opposite of what the average D&D player looks like.

  • Jeff Haskell

    If this isn’t a movie about Drizzt Do’urden, it’s going to be a titanic failure. ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ is a tainted brand thanks to three crappy movies. They need some thing other than that to bring in the fans. A serious, hardcore movie about everyone’s favorite Dark Elf, would do just that.

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  • Billy_Ruffian

    What would it be about? Everything?

  • Billy_Ruffian

    Bad idea. Guardians of the Galaxy was a weak movie, hidden underneath layers of bro humor and pop culture references. Trying to recreate it with D&D will be a disaster. Of course, we’re used to that.