David Leslie Johnson


If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons geek like I am, then you probably remember the horrible pain that struck your chest when you watched that god-awful movie that was produced around the title back in the year 2000.  Even though the property provides tons of material to work with, the makers of the film managed to screw it up so bad that it literally left people with a bad case of the runs.  Now, however, D&D may be getting a chance to redeem itself, as Warner Bros. has just purchase the rights and plans to make a new Gary Gygax-inspired flick.

Of course, if you look at the details, your hopes may be crushed.

A man by the name of David Leslie Johnson is currently in charge of the script.  Some of you may know him for his work on the action-splat dud, Wrath of the Titans.  Others may know him as the writer of some mediocre episodes of The Walking Dead.  He’s not the worst, but he’s not exactly a creative genius.  To add to the doubt, one of the producers has a history of being involved in that 2000 D&D movie fiasco.

So the project, while it definitely looks to be in the works, is up in the air creatively.  It may come down to who wants to take on the role of director of the film.  Can we get someone as passionate as those who have been jumping onboard the super hero movies as of late?  Or will this just end up being yet another Lord of the Rings copycat flick with zero brains behind it?

I remain optimistic, because there’s seriously a lot you can do with D&D if you put your mind to it.  The success really depends on whether or not they can find people that are willing to put themselves into it.  Btw, if anyone at Warner Bros. is reading this, I’d write a D&D script in a heartbeat and it would be way better than that shit movie made in 2000.  Feel free to message me.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

Way back at Comic Con 2010, we learnt that Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights to Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter. Published in Kevin Eastman‘s current incarnation of the magazine Heavy Metal it is the time honored tale  (according to the trade) that’s “set 600 years in the future, follows an invincible soldier created to help Earth win a war against Mars. After becoming a celebrity hero, he’s framed for a heinous crime by a terrorist organization. After a nine-year prison sentence, he escapes and sets out to even the score.”

Basically it’s the sci-fi action movie we’ve seen multiple times. The good news is, this one might be in good hands. Variety is reporting that David Leslie Johnson (Orphan, Red Riding Hood, The Walking Dead, Wrath of the Titans) is on tap to write the screen play.

“a character bible and prologue book that introduces you to Gabriel, the hero of our story, as he personally unravels to his audience the intricacies of his world, set in a time-transcending and parallel universe that is inhabited by a roster of colorful and deadly characters. Join Gabriel in his quest for revenge and the journey he will embark on by traveling through more than 200 pages of history, character art, bios, and other forms of pleasure and pain.”

Personally I have not read the story, but I have heard a great deal of good things about it. With word that Scott Aversano producing along with the book’s creator, Daniel LuVisi, It must be in good hands, right? Peter Levin, Russell Binder and Stephan Lokotsch will executive produce.

File this under one to watch.

You can check out more at the books official website and a handy little (or rather large) infographic/preview after the jump