D&D Movie/TV Casting Begins Soon For D&D Movie?

According to Screenrant, Paramount's (Summer 2021) Dungeons & Dragons movie is about to begin casting.


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There's a few tidbits to be gleaned from the article:
  • Paramount is looking at A-listers for the male lead
  • The new draft of the script is by Michael Gillio
  • The director is no longer involved, and the studio is looking for a new one
There has been plenty of news, speculation, rumour, and more about this movie over the last few years; in fact, I've been covering the various rumours for at least 5 years!
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Oofta

Legend
Regarding what the story is about, I keep wondering why anyone here presumes that the people who wrote the script have any familiarity with any D&D setting? I mean, Hollywood script writers can’t (or don’t want to) get things in our everyday life right (I am yet to see even a vaguely realistic hacking sequence in a blockbuster), so there is no reason to believe they will get what D&D is about.

In the end, the whole “D&D movie” label is pretty pointless, since it essentially means a high-fantasy story about a group of adventurers working together. It could be virtually anything, so it leaves the D&D label as nothing more than a marketing trick. It is the reason why previous attempts were rubbish, because no one really cared about story or chracters, only about the label. It is pretty much the same with films based on video games, so don’t expect anything different.

We have absolutely no idea who is writing the script, how much WOTC and/or other game designers are involved, or who they are using as consultants.

That doesn't mean it will be true to the source material, they change that for inexplicable reasons all the time. I thought the most recent Tomb Raider movie was okay but it totally ignored the supernatural element for example. Why? It just became a standard action flick with a female lead. Not a bad thing, but not a TR movie.

In other words I get where you're coming from. But like all pointless speculation it's, well, pointless. At the same time, D&D has such a broad style that if they even make an effort to show a range of different character tropes it will probably never match what many people will expect to see.
 

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UngainlyTitan

Legend
Supporter
We have absolutely no idea who is writing the script, how much WOTC and/or other game designers are involved, or who they are using as consultants.

That doesn't mean it will be true to the source material, they change that for inexplicable reasons all the time. I thought the most recent Tomb Raider movie was okay but it totally ignored the supernatural element for example. Why? It just became a standard action flick with a female lead. Not a bad thing, but not a TR movie.

In other words I get where you're coming from. But like all pointless speculation it's, well, pointless. At the same time, D&D has such a broad style that if they even make an effort to show a range of different character tropes it will probably never match what many people will expect to see.

I find it funny that you though that because for me it was the other way around. I had a huge problem with the game, not the supernatural elements but all those people living on the island for all that time. What were they eating? The place was a barren wasteland, I guess the farmer in me coming to the fore. The movie made a lot more sense.
 

Traycor

Explorer
We have absolutely no idea who is writing the script

David Leslie Johnson wrote the script. Michael Gillio has since done a rewrite, which can mean anything from changing things up to a complete do-over from the Johnson version. It sounds as if Michael Gillio will be credited as the writer.
 

Oofta

Legend
I find it funny that you though that because for me it was the other way around. I had a huge problem with the game, not the supernatural elements but all those people living on the island for all that time. What were they eating? The place was a barren wasteland, I guess the farmer in me coming to the fore. The movie made a lot more sense.

Meh. I just don't think it had all that much relationship to the game other than woman climbing old WWII bombers on an island. Maybe a better example would be the DOOM movie where instead of them opening a portal to a "hell dimension" it was nanotech or something similar.

Not saying you couldn't make a sci-fi movie about an experiment gone wrong on Mars, just accept the foundation of the story for what it is.
 

Gradine

Final Form (she/they)
I mean, at this point the best D&D movie to date is Chronicles of Riddick.

There's a low bar, is what I'm saying.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Just watch Chronicles if Riddick recently and enjoyed it.

2 years out no script or director is kind if bad though.

Dragonlance and Drizzt are bad ideas for a movie. I would look more at Pirates if the Caribbean. Use some D&D elements.

Unlike other franchises though that can suck up a meh movie or two D&D doesn't have that luxury.
 
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Hussar

Legend
Just watch Chronicles if Riddick recently and enjoyed it.

2 years out no script or director is kind if bad though.

Dragonlance and Drizzt are bad ideas for a movie. I would look more at Pirates if the Caribbean. Use some D&D elements.

Unlike other franchises though that can suck up a meh movie or two D&D doesn't have that luxury.

Why? D&D has already sucked up three or four horrendous D&D branded movies. A 5th one is hardly going to make any difference.
 





Zardnaar

Legend
Why? D&D has already sucked up three or four horrendous D&D branded movies. A 5th one is hardly going to make any difference.

D&D doesn't have a movie franchise so if they make a turkey they don't have anything to really fall back on. If they make a meh or crap MCU, DC or Star Wars movie you can look at the good ones and hope for the best next time around.

A 250 million dollar movie (a figure thrown around earlier) has to make 400-500 million at the box office to break even. A D&D flop probably means no more movies for a while. Its not like D&D has other things going for it either, the games have sucked, the toys are basically dead (Kreo remember that?), so yeah. D&D RPG great, D&D as a multimedia brand is lolwhut. Its basically the Nintendo Wii shovelware.
 
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Hussar

Legend
D&D doesn't have a movie franchise so if they make a turkey they don't have anything to really fall back on. If they make a meh or crap MCU, DC or Star Wars movie you can look at the good ones and hope for the best next time around.

A 250 million dollar movie (a figure thrown around earlier) has to make 400-500 million at the box office to break even. A D&D flop probably means no more movies for a while. Its not like D&D has other things going for it either, the games have sucked, the toys are basically dead (Kreo remember that?), so yeah. D&D RPG great, D&D as a multimedia brand is lolwhut. Its basically the Nintendo Wii shovelware.

LOL. It really is threads like these that make me glad that "suits" are in charge of D&D.

D&D brand is "shovelware"? Hrm. Several award winning board games. Card games. Minis lines. A couple of online games that are, by all accounts, doing well, Tales from Candlekeep game. Never minding the mountain of merchandise you can buy.

Why more do you want? Oh, right, it's the "Well, I didn't like it so, it must be a failure" argument. I'll have to remember that.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
LOL. It really is threads like these that make me glad that "suits" are in charge of D&D.

D&D brand is "shovelware"? Hrm. Several award winning board games. Card games. Minis lines. A couple of online games that are, by all accounts, doing well, Tales from Candlekeep game. Never minding the mountain of merchandise you can buy.

Why more do you want? Oh, right, it's the "Well, I didn't like it so, it must be a failure" argument. I'll have to remember that.

Did you miss the part where I said multimedia? Games, TV shows, movies that sort of thing. RPG is doing great and things tied to the RPG such as minis etc are doing fine.

Big bucks are in a game or movie maybe a TV show though.
 

Baldurs Gate (1): Child of Candlekeep.
Female lead (the 'child' exiled from Candlekeep). Vin Diesel as Minsc. Inset 2-4 other favourite BG party members to round out ensemble cast. Cover the first half of BG - leaves space for sequels. Cameo for Drizzt

I was in agreement up until that last part. Now I hate it. BOOOOO!
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
Really? Who?

Outside of us, who is talking about a D&D movie?

In case it’s missed your attention, geek culture is ascendant and D&D is in a massive resurgence. People are excited about engaging with this type of media. So while the general culture is not currently talking about a D&D movie (because there’s nothing to talk about really), they will once the thing starts being produced and promos/teasers start appearing. It would be unfortunate if a bad movie damaged D&Ds hardwon current cachet. That’s all.
 

Traycor

Explorer
A 250 million dollar movie (a figure thrown around earlier) has to make 400-500 million at the box office to break even

A 250 million film costs 150 to 250 in marketing. So on the low end that's 400 million. The studio only gets half the box office, so you're looking at 800 million to break even. But China only gives about 25% instead of half, so you actually need more than 800 million to break even.

There have been so many high profile flops the last few years since that 250 number was first discussed, that I expect the studio to cut that budget down. 100 to 150 million tops, with 100 on marketing. But even then you still need 400-500 million to break even. Movie business is hard business these days :p
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
There have been so many high profile flops the last few years since that 250 number was first discussed, that I expect the studio to cut that budget down. 100 to 150 million tops, with 100 on marketing. But even then you still need 400-500 million to break even. Movie business is hard business these days :p

No kidding, it looks like the Dumbo remake is flying like a Boeing 737 Max 8!
 

crazy_cat

Adventurer
I was in agreement up until that last part. Now I hate it. BOOOOO!
But a Drizzt cameo has so much potential (I don't like the character - although I have in the past read many of the books, but you can't say he isn't popular! Divisive I'll accept, disliked by some I'd agree, but he is popular by any measure!).

His appearance is a plus for those who like the charater, and an Easter egg for those who remember the BG games; he's introduced as a character and if the movie flies a wider FRCU has been hinted at and is ready to go! He even has a massive origin story to call upon if you want (as trilogy worth at least, surely) - although the Drow as per the books are pretty problematic as movie fodder.
 

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