Get your dice ready, people. It’s about to go down.
By far and away the most popular fantasy product in the world, and arguably the cornerstone of the modern fantasy genre, Dungeons & Dragons is finally making the leap across to the big screen.
The long awaited film based on the globally beloved roleplaying game has been confirmed as greenlit by Warner Brothers and Hasbro today, who issued a joint statement confirming that the project is now considered to be a priority title.
Warner’s President of Creative Development, Greg Silverman, stated that “We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. 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.“
Meanwhile Hasbro’s EVP and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis echoed Silverman’s enthusiasm: “This is such an enormous opportunity to bring the rich fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms to life and, together with the creative powerhouse of Warner Bros., use movies to tell the stories that have enchanted passionate D&D fans for decades. D&D is the role-playing game that started it all and now we have the opportunity to ignite a franchise for its legions of avid fans in a way never done before.“
The film already has a script, penned by The Conjuring 2 and Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson. Meanwhile, The LEGO Movie and How To Train Your Dragon‘s Roy Lee is among the motley crew of people attached to the project as producers.
It should be noted that the game has made its way onto the big screen before – with the Marlon Wayons, Jeremy Irons, and Thora Birch-starring Dungeons & Dragons released in 2000. But the film was met with universally negative reaction and has largely been ignored by fans.
If the team assigned to hire actors for this new film don’t take the clear opportunity to sit around a table and say “I cast Vin Diesel as *CHARACTER X*” and then have the roll of a 20-sided die determine if they get the job or not, then what’s the fucking point of any of this?
I cast a protective spell of “Please Don’t Let This Suck.“
*shakes dice forever*