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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UngainlyTitan

Legend
Supporter
Given the fact that the last one was terrible, I don't know that investors -- who don't know their Raistlin from their Tasslehoff -- will want to bother with it any time soon.
Past performance is no indicator of future performance. The fact that the last one was terrible is a point in its favour. If the last one was good and still tanked there would be justification of no interest. However, since it tanked for very understandable reasons, there is no reason not to try again.
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
so what do you doubters think are in the binders?

Animation also is not the same as it was even 5 years ago and D&D has much more money behind it (dragonlance at that point had Keifer Sutherland whose Raist performance was the best part of the movie). Critical role at some point will be streaming animation on amazon. We have Castlevania on its 3rd season. Netflix has a huge library of fantasy animation and its not all anime

Chris Pine will be coming off Wonderwoman and other movies in preproduction. Animation might be easier for studios due to covid
 

UngainlyTitan

Legend
Supporter
According to the article in the OP the movie, starring Chris Pine will be shot in Belfast, which suggests to me that it will be not be an animation. So, that leaves, the folders to be a script for something Dragonlance and probably an animation with a natural tie in to a toy line from Hasbro.
There are some racial sensitivity issues, but deal able with, IMHO. The female characters are a bit generic in the artwork and Goldmoon is thoroughly whitewashed but all the blokes could be picked out, by even casual fans, in a line up of eighties D&D artwork, which is pretty solid branding.
 
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Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
Past performance is no indicator of future performance.
Film companies are only putting money into big, tried and true franchises nowadays, given how expensive films have gotten to make. Hence all the sequels and reboots.

The odds that they're going to greenlight a reboot of an animated film with a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is slim to none, no matter how much a certain segment of D&D fans wishes otherwise.

If Francis Ford Coppola has trouble getting movies made without a successful pre-existing franchise attached, Dragonlance ain't happening, folks.
 
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Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
According to the article in the OP the movie, starring Chris Pine will be shot in Belfast, which suggests to me that it will be not be an animation. So, that leaves, the folders to be a script for something Dragonlance and probably an animation with a natural tie in to a toy line from Hasbro.
Why do binders equal scripts in your mind? Are school kids all scriptwriters? Lots of people have binders, for a variety of purposes.
 




It probably won't be Dragonlance.
I'm certain it won't be Dragonlance - for a very simple reason - Dragonlance is too big to fit into one movie, and at the moment one movie is all they are making. They haven't announced a three movie sequence, and it would be stupid to make a "Part One" without closure.

You could do Dragonlance as a TV series - and I think that is much more likely.

In a single movie there isn't even much space for worldbuilding, so the will want to make the setting as generic and broadly familiar as possible.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I'm certain it won't be Dragonlance - for a very simple reason - Dragonlance is too big to fit into one movie, and at the moment one movie is all they are making. They haven't announced a three movie sequence, and it would be stupid to make a "Part One" without closure.

You could do Dragonlance as a TV series - and I think that is much more likely.

In a single movie there isn't even much space for worldbuilding, so the will want to make the setting as generic and broadly familiar as possible.
um....there is a huge amount of worldbuilding in many fantasy and sci-fi movies.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
I think everyone is focusing on the wrong movies as precedent for this.

I think that the movies that are a better predictor, both of narrative quality and box office ROI, are the Transformers movies, the GI Joe movies, the Ouija movies (yes, movies - there were two of them), the Power Rangers movies, and Battleship. Hasbro signed Pine to generate interest and get investors on board, much like getting Liam Neeson and Rihanna for Battleship.

You can speculate on whether it will have a good story, what setting it will be in, or if it will be Drizzt or Dragonlance all you want but it doesn't matter. All that matters is that the movie turns a profit.

And the binders aren't scripts. If anything, they're manuscripts for the Dragonlance novels. Maybe W&H actually managed to write complete drafts of the second and third books in the trilogy in the last two months.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
And the binders aren't scripts. If anything, they're manuscripts for the Dragonlance novels. Maybe W&H actually managed to write complete drafts of the second and third books in the trilogy in the last two months.
They probably never stopped writing. WoTC is reacting to public sentiment an awful lot these days, so the potentially social cudgel of "we have complete drafts of the full trilogy ready for editorial review, any time WoTC wants to stop this nonsense and get back to work" is a pretty good card to have at the ready.

Hell, I think Weis said at some point that she has sketched out a total rewrite of the Chronicles in light of being a much better author these days, that she'd love to finish and published as an updated version of the trilogy if wotc would allow it.
 

It is too soon for a teleserie based in the main trilogies. Hasbro after transfomers haven't found totally the right keys to be pushed to produce true blockbusters. They aren't ready yet for a franchise so important, too risky. They have to learn how to produce a right D&D movie and then to produce Ravenloft action-live, Dark Sun, Birthright, Dragonlance.

I would dare to say we will see a Jakandor action-live before because it's easier to be adapted into a movie, with only humans.

An updated version of the original novels wouldn't be a bad idea but my great fear is trying to be "inclusive", causing a reject as "too agresive proselitism". But fandom would allow a bisexual Kitiara.
 


embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
They probably never stopped writing. WoTC is reacting to public sentiment an awful lot these days, so the potentially social cudgel of "we have complete drafts of the full trilogy ready for editorial review, any time WoTC wants to stop this nonsense and get back to work"

They don't have complete drafts of the full trilogy. They said they were waiting on approval on the first one, had written a substantial amount of the second one, and were plotting the third one. It's in the Complaint if you'd like to read it.
 

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