Fantasy fare at the cinema has been a mixed bag lately. For every new film that was an entry into the Lord of the Rings universe, we had a Seventh Son that would come along and force the movie-going public to slog through a convoluted story and mediocre CGI. Warner Brothers is attempting to, pardon the pun, rekindle the magic with a big-screen version of Dungeons & Dragons, coming our way at some point in the indeterminate future.
A D&D film has been in the works with WB for a few years now, but a lawsuit held the production up until just recently. One of the positives of the situation, however, is that a script for the project already exists from the previous work done on the movie. This could help shorten the production timeline and put the film in theaters sooner – no release date has been announced as of yet.
A group of creative minded individuals – among them The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and Sweetpea Entertainment big-wigs Stephen Davis, Allan Zeman, and Courtney Solomon (director of the less-than-stellar 2000 Dungeons & Dragons movie) – are gunning to make D&D into a bigger-universe franchise, so hopefully this first film reads well with audiences. Warner Brothers’ President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Greg Silverman, had this to say about the brand:
This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D’ has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.
Weigh on this topic, my Bastardly friends: are you ready to roll a 20 and get excited to see a new Dungeons & Dragons movie, or do you want to crit-confirm this project and see it drop dead? Sound off in the comments below!