WB checks its luck with a new DUNGEONS & DRAGONS movie

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Can you believe that it has been fifteen years since anyone attempted a blockbuster-level Dungeons & Dragons movie? Before Peter Jackson came along and secured the world of Tolkien as the de facto cinematic fantasy experience, everyone expected it to be D&D.

That made a lot of sense: was there any brand more associated with marauding through far-flung locations with a band of wizards, warriors and short people?

That all of course came crashing down with the movie released in 2000 – marred by poor effects, a terrible story and not even enough bad stuff to make it a bad-movie legend, D&D totally failed to live up to the hype.

But you can’t keep a good franchise down and D&D deserves another shot. According to Variety, that is finally happening now that a lawsuit around the matter had been settled:

After months of negotiation, Warner Bros., Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment said they had come to an undisclosed arrangement, ending the 2-year-old lawsuit, and are moving forward with the feature film franchise.

David Leslie Johnson (“The Conjuring 2”) has already written the screenplay set in the “D&D” fantasy world of Forgotten Realms. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Sweetpea Entertainment’s Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman, and Roy Lee (“The Lego Movie”) are producing the high-priority project.

I can’t even remember the original movie well-enough to make jokes of it, but it is telling that I can recall Uwe Boll’s awful Dungeon Siege film instead. Fans of D&D will note that there have been several animated movies and the 2000 film even spawned two sequels not worth your time watching. So it’s not exactly been laying dormant.

But D&D deserves to sit alongside Lord of the Rings in terms of what it brings to the fantasy genre. Maybe, next up will be a Warhammer film!

Last Updated: August 4, 2015

James

A total movie glutton, nothing is too bad or too obscure to watch, unless it's something like The Human Centipede. If you enjoyed that, there is something wrong with you. But bless you anyway - even video nasties need love...

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