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General D&D Movie Moves Forward With Deal With Former Marvel Exec Jeremy Latcham

Traycor

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Yes, because I am sure that they're not adapting a popular story or character into the movie. Why would they just take an already made story and make a movie out of it? That's not new. I don't know anyone who would go watch a Drizzt movie after reading the book.
Why go watch Spider-Man after you read the comic? (or saw the cartoon, or read the book, or played the game, or followed the newspaper strip, or...)
 

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Traycor

Explorer
The comic has a completely different plot. The movie has better graphics, is more immersive, and has a better plot.
Harry Potter adapted the books. The MCU adapts comic book stories all the time. LotR had to adapt. Drizzt or any other known Forgotten Realms book/character would need to be adapted to the screen. It's exactly the same.
 

Harry Potter adapted the books. The MCU adapts comic book stories all the time. LotR had to adapt. Drizzt or any other known Forgotten Realms book/character would need to be adapted to the screen. It's exactly the same.
But it's really not the same. Harry Potter was an obvious thing to make, the books were overly popular. J. K. Rowling was the first author to become a millionaire through a book series. The movies were an obvious step on the path of developing the story. The movies started coming out while the series was being completed.

LotR has long had a fanbase as well. It was another obvious thing to adapt to a movie.

The MCU routinely makes huge changes to comic book plots. They aren't the same stories.

Drizzt isn't super well known. It is not an obvious story to develop into a movie. The people who read the books would probably not care much for a direct translation from book series into movie series.

They're not going to remake a pre-made D&D adventure or FR book. That's not the thing most people would watch, IMHO. People who see a D&D movie coming out in theaters might be intrigued and see it, but if it's called something like, "Drizzt Do'Urden and the Crystal Shard" they would probably never go see it.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Yes, because I am sure that they're not adapting a popular story or character into the movie. Why would they just take an already made story and make a movie out of it? That's not new. I don't know anyone who would go watch a Drizzt movie after reading the book.
Movie adaptations of books are one of the most popular and profitable types of films in the last couple decades.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
But it's really not the same. Harry Potter was an obvious thing to make, the books were overly popular. J. K. Rowling was the first author to become a millionaire through a book series. The movies were an obvious step on the path of developing the story. The movies started coming out while the series was being completed.

LotR has long had a fanbase as well. It was another obvious thing to adapt to a movie.

The MCU routinely makes huge changes to comic book plots. They aren't the same stories.

Drizzt isn't super well known. It is not an obvious story to develop into a movie. The people who read the books would probably not care much for a direct translation from book series into movie series.

They're not going to remake a pre-made D&D adventure or FR book. That's not the thing most people would watch, IMHO. People who see a D&D movie coming out in theaters might be intrigued and see it, but if it's called something like, "Drizzt Do'Urden and the Crystal Shard" they would probably never go see it.
Nearly every fantasy movie made in the last 20+ years has been exactly that, with some other (usually not that well known) fantasy book or comic.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I think we should break out the 10 ft pole and use it with any drow that come near a D&D movie.

I mean, I know that drow aren't just white guys in blackface but I don't think the visual would be a good thing.

I'd also rather see a movie not made in The Forgotten Realms, there's just too much baggage. There's so many stories you could tell, but FR has too much history and it's too convoluted IMHO.

But my opinion and $10 might buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks if they ever open up again.
 


Bohandas

Adventurer
I think we should break out the 10 ft pole and use it with any drow that come near a D&D movie.

I mean, I know that drow aren't just white guys in blackface but I don't think the visual would be a good thing.
Plus, they're nor very compelling. They feel like somebody took a bunch of random concepts and threw them together all willy-nilly. They feel like something put of the kind of movie that gets featured on MST3K

I'd also rather see a movie not made in The Forgotten Realms, there's just too much baggage. There's so many stories you could tell, but FR has too much history and it's too convoluted IMHO.
Definitely agree about it being too convoluted
 


Bohandas

Adventurer
Yeah, this would 100% be a problem. Drow would be hard to put in a movie without raising questions of racism.
And questions of "so they're elves, but they live underground? And they all dress in bondage gear? And they worship some kind of big spider who's also an elf and a goddess? Or is she supposed to be some kind of a demon or something?"
 

And questions of "so they're elves, but they also live underground? And they all dress in bondage gear? And they worship some kind of big spider who's also an elf and a goddess? Or is she supposed to be some kind of a demon or something?"
No, but the black community will be sensitive to black-skinned antagonists portrayed as monsters in a movie, especially when the actors will either have to wear paint or suits making their skin black, or have CGI to make them look black.
 

Bohandas

Adventurer
No, but the black community will be sensitive to black-skinned antagonists portrayed as monsters in a movie, especially when the actors will either have to wear paint or suits making their skin black, or have CGI to make them look black.
I get that. What I'm saying is that even ignoring that they still have a boatload of other issues. Their whole concept is b-movie-esque nonsense, regardless of their skin color, and any movie that features them is going to turn out as a b-movie
 

No, but the black community will be sensitive to black-skinned antagonists portrayed as monsters in a movie, especially when the actors will either have to wear paint or suits making their skin black, or have CGI to make them look black.
While I am not a fan of them trying to put Drow in a movie, why can't they just use actual Black actors for the parts of the Drow? Or change them from being ebon-skinned to having ebon-colored hair, with skin color not mattering. Or change them from being born evil, to it being a curse, that just happens to need to be broken as part of the movie plot.
 

While I am not a fan of them trying to put Drow in a movie, why can't they just use actual Black actors for the parts of the Drow? Or change them from being ebon-skinned to having ebon-colored hair, with skin color not mattering. Or change them from being born evil, to it being a curse, that just happens to need to be broken as part of the movie plot.
Because people of african and pacific island descent don't have skin the same color as drow. Drow skin is actually black, not a dark, dark brown (I know, there's a range of skin colors). Also, I don't think it would be any better to have all black people in the movie be evil or drow. The thing about the curse is already kind of part of the lore of FR, they were "cursed" to be the way they were by the other elves.
 

bedir than

Adventurer
While I am not a fan of them trying to put Drow in a movie, why can't they just use actual Black actors for the parts of the Drow? Or change them from being ebon-skinned to having ebon-colored hair, with skin color not mattering. Or change them from being born evil, to it being a curse, that just happens to need to be broken as part of the movie plot.
Hey actors, please join our cast where 95% of our hires of color will be the evil enemy is a look
 




Traycor

Explorer
I mean, I know that drow aren't just white guys in blackface but I don't think the visual would be a good thing.
Evil drow don't have to be included. That being said, most paintings depict the drow with purple & gray skin, which is probably what we would get. The makeup department would create a look that is distinctly non-human, which makes sense considering that no ethnic group looks like drow anyway. There would probably be some alternations (such as minor prosthetics we see for Star Trek aliens) to make it clear they aren't human and make them unique. Problem solved!
 

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