D&D Movie/TV D&D Movie Plot Revealed

mflayermonk

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This is from "How to Make a Movie Out of Anything — Even a Mindless Phone Game" from the NY Times Magazine

Goldner is the president of Hasbro.

"Goldner says the key to making movies from board games and toys is to ‘‘focus on understanding the universal truth about the brand.’’ For example, the Ouija board comes with rules relating to its paranormal mythology: Always say ‘‘goodbye’’ at the end of a session; never take it into a graveyard. ‘‘If you remember the movies,’’ he says, ‘‘all those rules are broken — and what results is a very scary situation.’’

Well I guess we all know what is going to happen in the D&D movie: they are going to split the party.
 

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BoldItalic

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Maybe it sometimes cuts to a DM behind a screen, who has memorable catch-phrases like "*Evil Cackle*", "Roll for Initiative" and "Are you sure you want to do that?"

Print those on the merchandise (T-shirts, mugs, fluffy DM dolls, ...) and you're home and dry.
 

schnee

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If they don't pull an AD&D stunt like 'trick the Hill Giant to squeeze himself into a narrow passageway then cast Enlarge so his remains shoot out like a tube toothpaste filled with beef stew' then I'm asking for my money back.

If it doesn't feature a Druid turning into a female Brown Bear in heat to lure an angry male Brown Bear out of the cavern so they can go in and loot bodies I'll be furious.

If they don't include a scene that has the party arguing over a) who draws the map, b) who keeps track of the burned-out torches, and c) why 'we have to have the damn torches at all because 5 of the 6 members have Darkvision but oh, no, the human Paladin just had to stick along so we can't even steal stuff in his presence' I'll be disappointed.

D&D is all about clever methods of murder, crazy stunts, and petty arguments. Not drama. Not emotion. Not heroism. It's about weird murderhobo shenanigans.

I don't see the movie succeeding unless they take my advice. :cool:
 
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schnee

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The most AD&D movie that could have been made was already made.

Time Bandits.

That last fight scene was pure kitchen sink fantasy game world. Spaceships + roman phalanx + muskets + Halfling thieves.

Evil was the perfect 20th level Wizard.

There is no way in hell any modern movie can do D&D justice.
 




Not being a fan of the franchise, I suppose they might have Transformers pegged as "Robots hiding amongst mankind to protect it", basically superheroes with tires. Do the films match that? I've only seen the first one, but it seemed to, more or less.

As for D&D, I guess that they'll intrepret it as: "Shared storytelling in a fantasy world": the 'experience' of the game is sitting around a table and telling a story with Elves and Fireballs. On this guess, we might think that they would try to show the players and DM somehow, perhaps as a framing device; the Princess Bride is probably the best example for that. It could be charming and amusing to see the guys and gals 'behind the story', but it can also come across as imcomparably corny. Princess Bride threaded the needle, so it can be done.

However, they may opt to focus heavily on the fantasy world part, and aim to do a more-or-less generic fantasy tale set in the Forgotten Realms. That would also be good, if done well - the Fantasy genre is surprisingly underused, considering how massive Lord of the Rings was, but studios apparently prefered to adapt Urban Fantasy novels over Epic Fantasy ones. So we get a story with Elves and Fireballs, but missing the references to players behind the action.
 

mflayermonk

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Not being a fan of the franchise, I suppose they might have Transformers pegged as "Robots hiding amongst mankind to protect it", basically superheroes with tires. Do the films match that? I've only seen the first one, but it seemed to, more or less.

Yes, you are correct. The big reveal of every movie is that transformers secretly...built the pyramids, won World War 2, helped King Arthur win, killed the dinosaurs, pulled the moon into earth orbit, etc.
 

Morrus

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D&D Movie Plot Revealed

The problem is that “D&D” is not a story; it’s a genre (a specific sub-genre of fantasy). Sure it changes a little from setting to setting (as does “sci-fi”), but it’s still identifiably D&D.

The key to a D&D movie is simply a good story. The D&D trappings are just icing.

D&D does have good stories. Some of them might be filmable.
 

Stranger Things?

I really liked Stranger Things and I'm looking forward to it more than any other TV/show movie this year, but for me I get more of a Call of Cthulhu vibe from the show than I do D&D. There's less head-on battles and more figuring out what's going on and trying to outsmart the monster.
 

I really liked Stranger Things and I'm looking forward to it more than any other TV/show movie this year, but for me I get more of a Call of Cthulhu vibe from the show than I do D&D. There's less head-on battles and more figuring out what's going on and trying to outsmart the monster.

While I agree, I think that perhaps a movie that is about playing the game is a better idea, instead of a movie actually taking part in the D&D fantasy world.
 

While I agree, I think that perhaps a movie that is about playing the game is a better idea, instead of a movie actually taking part in the D&D fantasy world.

Actually I think The Gamers did something like this. Or maybe it was not that one but something by Zombie Orpheus but I'm sure I watched something like that on YouTube before.

Though I would very much love a well-done movie set in the Dragonlance world. Such an epic world, my favourite D&D world by far. But it would have to do justice to the world, and if it involves the Heroes of the Lance then of course it would have to treat that story and the characters well. But that's just my thoughts.
 

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