D&D Movie/TV D&D Movie: Game of Thrones, Princess Bride, Holy Grail, The Goonies

Chris Pine, who stars in the upcoming (March 2023) Dungeons & Dragons movie has spoken about the film's influences in an interview with Collider (video below), describing it as 'poppy' and 'eighties heartfelt'.

“Oh man. Well, what I will say is we had a hell of a fun time making it. There was a lot of laughs. The way that I've been describing it, it's like Game of Thrones mixed with a little Princess Bride, just a smidge of Holy Grail; it's somewhere in that ballpark. It's a lot of fun. It's got a lot of thrills. It's poppy, it's eighties heartfelt, there's a bit of Goonies in there. My character, he's the ultimate party planner. I think it's going to be really good. I mean, who naughty word knows, but I think we got a good shot and John and John are killer guys. They know comedy and they know heart and we had a great cast and we had a good time making it. And that's all you can ask for.”


The movie also stars Hugh Grant as the bad guy, along with Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Regé-Jean Page.

 

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Hussar

Legend
I appreciate the production value of The Witcher, so if that's what you mean then fair enough. But if you mean the writing, that show is kind of a mess for those who know nothing about the Witcher going into it. I know so many people who should like it but who walked away after a few episodes because of how confusing it was. I get that fans of the Witcher like the show, and I am happy those fans have a show they like. But it's not a good model for a general appeal fantasy movie or show in my opinion.
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Yup, that was me. Took me a heck of a long time to realize, probably embarrassingly long to be honest, that there was two time lines being shown here. :(

Then again, second season was really straight forward and, honestly, probably not as good of a story as the first season. Go figure.
 

Alethra-zin

Explorer
I do NOT want a funny Dungeons & Dragons Movie. I don't give a &^%$ about how people talk to each other at their gaming sessions. I want something DARK! I want a movie that looks like those paintings on the covers of those &^%$%^# books from the 70s and 80s! I want parents and religious leaders to FEAR this game again, all due to what is shown in the film! Make it forbidden fruit that brings forbidden knowledge!
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I do NOT want a funny Dungeons & Dragons Movie. I don't give a &^%$ about how people talk to each other at their gaming sessions. I want something DARK! I want a movie that looks like those paintings on the covers of those &^%$%^# books from the 70s and 80s! I want parents and religious leaders to FEAR this game again, all due to what is shown in the film! Make it forbidden fruit that brings forbidden knowledge!
You...realize that the books from the 70's and 70's had campy and funny art, right...? Of theybwant to provide a tone similar to old Basic and Advanded Dungeons & Dragons, them Marvel movies are a good tonal touchstone: a little hunore, q lot of camp, fun action, aimed at teens.

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Alethra-zin

Explorer
You...realize that the books from the 70's and 70's had campy and funny art, right...? Of theybwant to provide a tone similar to old Basic and Advanded Dungeons & Dragons, them Marvel movies are a good tonal touchstone: a little hunore, q lot of camp, fun action, aimed at teens.

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Okay! So, I went off the deep end! Ha ha ha ha ha! Those covers that you provided are PURE EVIL! I LOVE THEM! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Okay! So, I went off the deep end! Ha ha ha ha ha! Those covers that you provided are PURE EVIL! I LOVE THEM! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Yea, I wouldn't say "evil" so much as "campy", they are pretty silly and googy, which is why Pqramoujt is going for the tone that they are. There's always this, the classic "poke a mushroom with a sword":

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Alethra-zin

Explorer
Yea, I wouldn't say "evil" so much as "campy", they are pretty silly and googy, which is why Pqramoujt is going for the tone that they are. There's always this, the classic "poke a mushroom with a sword":

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That guy is testing that with his sword to make sure it is safe. It is DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, so there should be a good chance that it IS NOT SAFE! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
 

Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
I feel most gamers want to see a serious big budget film, like a Dragonlance, but Hollywood thinks gamers want to see a big budget production of The Gamers.
I am cool with a Guardians of the Galaxy type D&D movie (which is what this sounds like). If that's not your thing, cool. But I don't think such a concept would be met with anger by the D&D community in general.
 





I rewatched Game Night when I noticed it was on TV last week. It reminded me why I’m pretty excited for this.

I wouldn’t read too much into the response in the video. It seemed to me a slightly insulting way to frame the question in the first place which is never going to lead to a great response.

Game of Thrones meets Monty Python’s Holy Grail is a pretty common way to explain D&D in general.
 

Levistus's_Leviathan

5e Freelancer
I do NOT want a funny Dungeons & Dragons Movie. I don't give a &^%$ about how people talk to each other at their gaming sessions. I want something DARK! I want a movie that looks like those paintings on the covers of those &^%$%^# books from the 70s and 80s! I want parents and religious leaders to FEAR this game again, all due to what is shown in the film! Make it forbidden fruit that brings forbidden knowledge!
Dude. The game that we're talking about is the same one that has the setting Spelljammer in it. You know, the one with the flightless merchant penguins that ride flying pigs in outer-space battles.

No D&D movie ever should be 100% serious. Including a Dark Sun or Ravenloft movie. Humor is practically as essential to the core of the game as dice are.
 

Even in Ravenloft there is some little space for the humor.

WoD is enough dark, more Wraith: the Oblivion, or if you want d20 setting, then you can enjoy "Midnight" by Fantasy Flight Games.

TTRPG are like the construction toys, they sell you the pieces and a blueprint, but you create you want. Ones want a thing, and other a different style.
 






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