D&D Movie/TV Chris Pine To Star In D&D Movie

The long, slow process towards a modern take on D&D movies took a large step forward with the announcement of a huge star signed to the project. Considering that filming is set to start soon a cascade of announcements should be revealed in initiative order imminently. Filming begins in Q1 2021.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will be directing the film which features "an ensemble cast and take a subversive approach to the game."

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Chris Pine has closed a deal to star in Dungeons & Dragons, the live action film based on Hasbro’s massively popular role-playing game from Wizards of the Coast. Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada, and Paramount the rest of the world.
 
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Ravenbrook

Explorer
You can make comedy without parody (e.g. Guardians of the Galaxy) or parody without comedy (Knives Out). They are not the same thing at all.

But any reference to D&D mechanics, no matter how oblique, would kill any attempt to make a deadly serious movie. You can make a serious fantasy movie, but it would not be a D&D movie*. Conan the Barbarian is a serious fantasy movie, but Conan the Destroyer is much more D&D-like.

And the world has turned since Game of Thrones, the current entertainment climate if for light-hearted escapism, people have enough Grimdark in their real lives.



*You might make a deadly serious "isekai" movie, as @LuisCarlos17f terms it. The Bridge of Terabithia could fall into this category. That would be my pet "I would absolutely hate this" idea though.
That's why I can't ever imagine a Dragonlance movie. Having kender in a film would make it a disgusting and nightmarish horror movie for me!
 

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Maybe for the revival of Dragonlance the best option to test some retcons is a game-live podcast show as Critical Role, and a player with a "different" kender.
 

glass

(he, him)
My guess is that it will either be the sort of thing we'd see a crusader use in a movie, or something closer to a classic "viking sword", ie something very familiar, or something weird and unique and quite fantasy. I would be happy with a rapier, but I don't have the bias against them that some dnd players do.
Apologies if this is not strictly on topic, but how and why would anyone have a bias against a particular kind of sword?

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glass.
 


Oofta

Legend
Apologies if this is not strictly on topic, but how and why would anyone have a bias against a particular kind of sword?

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glass.

Not Mr Wolf, but I've always assumed it has more to do with the ubiquity of dex builds than the actual weapon itself. The fact that you can get a one-handed sword that does the same amount of damage as a long sword just feels wrong to some people.

But ... I don't worry about it too much personally. Unless you were fighting an unarmored opponent your sword was more symbolic than anything anyway if you have the technological level that D&D assumes. Swords are cooler looking than pikes though so it's what we get. D&D (and mass media in general for that matter) has never represented weapons particularly well.
 



Zardnaar

Legend
Rapiers not a battlefield weapon I suppose.

Makes sense in places like Bravos in GoT not so much elsewhere.

Not exactly a purist though and it depends on the tone of the movie.
 







Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
based on hickmans picture on another thread are we at least 50% guess this is dragonlance and maybe the lawsuit was profits on it
The Hickman lawsuit is explicitly about a series of novels that were partly written and WotC cancelled in a way that wouldn't invoke a kill fee. If a movie was part of the lawsuit, it would have been mentioned.

I think it's very unlikely that this going to be a Dragonlance movie, for multiple reasons.
 

Oofta

Legend
The Hickman lawsuit is explicitly about a series of novels that were partly written and WotC cancelled in a way that wouldn't invoke a kill fee. If a movie was part of the lawsuit, it would have been mentioned.

I think it's very unlikely that this going to be a Dragonlance movie, for multiple reasons.
Not least of which is that it sounds like they're aiming for more of a light-hearted movie. Dragonlance is anything but lighthearted.
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
ok im going off the hickman picture where hes wearing a sony shirt and those binders look like scripts instead of novels

You are correct from what we know its novels however it could include other things-the other thread is speculating that sony/joe manganiello were involved in settling that lawsuit. Why would they be involved if it wasn't movie related
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
ok im going off the hickman picture where hes wearing a sony shirt and those binders look like scripts instead of novels

You are correct from what we know its novels however it could include other things
No, it couldn't, because that would mean a lot more money was on the line, and so it would have been mentioned in the lawsuit.
 



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