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D&D Movie/TV D&D TV Show By John Wick Creator

From Hollywood Reporter — “Derek Kolstad, the creator and writer behind the John Wick franchise, has been tapped to pen and develop a pitch for a live-action series based on the Dungeons & Dragons universe.”

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The article doesn’t say anything more, unfortunately, other than describing what D&D is — “Affectionately referred to by fans as D&D, the game is known for its wars, treasure hunts, campaigns, camaraderie, and reversals of fortune, all in a setting that combines humans, elves, orcs and hundreds of other creatures. The game famously uses multisided dice in gameplay to further the imaginary story and is overseen by a host known as the Dungeon Master.”
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
Not really. Plenty of D&D monsters can be done with good old make up. Shoot the whole show in Ireland or New Zealand and you need about the same amount of CGI as The Witcher.
or just take a page from stargate and accept that every planet looks like canadia forests :D

Absolutely. Shows like Hercules and Xena were helt back by the cost and state of special effects, and their intended audience. But Game of Thrones lead the charge for big budget fantasy shows aimed at a mature audience. Now we have shows like the Witcher following example. But arguably, the Witcher is much closer to the tone of D&D.
Netflix has a modern sort of those shows in new adventures of monkey verrrry loosely inspired by journey to the west & other wuxia-sque stuff that basically plays out like a d&d campaign with a bit of camp. Sfx like glowy/flaming/sparking/etc weapons smoke teleport & spell flinging that looks good enough for tv is no doubt a lot cheaper than it was back in the 90s & early 2ks when hercules & xena were still around
 
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Stacie GmrGrl

Adventurer
Well yeah they’re making a Lord of the Rings TV show as we speak. Though D&D would need a lot more CGI!
And a Wheel of Time tv show. And there is the Witcher tv show too. And there is a Conan show in the works.

A tv show based on a D&D IP seems like a natural fit, as long as it's not called D&D.
 

With the proliferation of bigger budget, effects centered shows, there's no reason for anyone to suggest "human-ish only." Modern TV, even low budget stuff like SyFy and Shudder and even MTV, has demonstrated that fantasy can be fun, engaging, and embrace the worlds that have been built over decades.
 


And a Wheel of Time tv show. And there is the Witcher tv show too. And there is a Conan show in the works.

A tv show based on a D&D IP seems like a natural fit, as long as it's not called D&D.
They aren't going to forgo using the name - that would just be shooting yourself in the marketing foot. Beyond that, there's no way Hasbro would let them use the IP without using the name.
 


MarkB

Legend
I think they should mine the latest Dr. Who format. An ensemble cast ( and production crew) that rotates out characters/showrunners every few years and slowly builds a library of bad guy costumes and effects over the seasons.

Like perhaps the mind flayers are S1 baddies and then come back for filler episodes in later seasons.
They could always ask to borrow the Ood costumes from Doctor Who for their mind flayers.
 

“Let them”? I think it’s the other way round!
Well, obviously. But I was going off the base assumption of the post I was responding to - that the producers would want create a D&D show without using the name, to which hugely unlikely event I'm sure Hasbro would just flat out go "no".
 

tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
Well, obviously. But I was going off the base assumption of the post I was responding to - that the producers would want create a D&D show without using the name, to which hugely unlikely event I'm sure Hasbro would just flat out go "no".
wotc has been so focused on developing FRFRPlanescapeFRFRFRplanescapeFRFR that they've been developing plotlines largely around ancient mythical brings & individuals or entirely replicable generic wizards/generic fantasy cities. The reason so many d&d shows & movies never happen is likely related to "uhh we aren't making a movie based on drizzt" and the lawyers saying "so writer bob you should use this guy rather than this guy based on him". The witcher has a netflix show yes, but the world that IP operates within is far less generic than medieval europe but with magic. I highly doubt that a d&d tvshow will be set in one of the more unique & cohesively developed worlds like eberron or darksun. While ravenloft has some unique aspects, it's largely gothic horror & wotc has spent a long time trying to strip out or downplay the unique elements to replace them with a vaerunized ravenloft
 

wotc has been so focused on developing FRFRPlanescapeFRFRFRplanescapeFRFR that they've been developing plotlines largely around ancient mythical brings & individuals or entirely replicable generic wizards/generic fantasy cities. The reason so many d&d shows & movies never happen is likely related to "uhh we aren't making a movie based on drizzt" and the lawyers saying "so writer bob you should use this guy rather than this guy based on him". The witcher has a netflix show yes, but the world that IP operates within is far less generic than medieval europe but with magic. I highly doubt that a d&d tvshow will be set in one of the more unique & cohesively developed worlds like eberron or darksun. While ravenloft has some unique aspects, it's largely gothic horror & wotc has spent a long time trying to strip out or downplay the unique elements to replace them with a vaerunized ravenloft
As an FR fan, I wouldn't mind an FR series, however, I would hope they would do an original cast of characters (rather than, say, Drizzt), and really showcase the world--which would be better accomplished with a series than a movie.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I'd like to see a show where the protagonists are not already super competent heroes, but are rather the equivalent of level 1 PCs. So often we get people that are already super capable or become super capable incredibly quickly because of a training montage. The most recent spider-man showed a little bit of growth, but not much.

Have a wizard that can only cast a handful of spells, then slowly grow more and more powerful. Don't reference the rules directly, but show growth and change that roughly matches PC growth. Oh, and never, ever require "magic dust" as a component.
 

I'd like to see a show where the protagonists are not already super competent heroes, but are rather the equivalent of level 1 PCs. So often we get people that are already super capable or become super capable incredibly quickly because of a training montage. The most recent spider-man showed a little bit of growth, but not much.

Have a wizard that can only cast a handful of spells, then slowly grow more and more powerful. Don't reference the rules directly, but show growth and change that roughly matches PC growth. Oh, and never, ever require "magic dust" as a component.
I'm actually expecting this. It would be a great way for characters to grow over the course of a series. Perhaps the wizard's dream is to cast fireball, but he's just not powerful enough yet, and part of the climax of the season finale, he finally achieves his goal. Have foes that are obviously too powerful for them to defeat show up early on, and as the series goes along, they eventually are able to overcome them...
 

tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
As an FR fan, I wouldn't mind an FR series, however, I would hope they would do an original cast of characters (rather than, say, Drizzt), and really showcase the world--which would be better accomplished with a series than a movie.
The layers upon layers of plot armor & "because the gods" makes "showcase the world" difficult & a tv series doesn't need to pay wotc for a license to showcase generic ~900-1300AD europe version of epcot world showcase. Most people who might watch a d&d tv series have a pretty good idea what to expect from generic historical europe
I'm actually expecting this. It would be a great way for characters to grow over the course of a series. Perhaps the wizard's dream is to cast fireball, but he's just not powerful enough yet, and part of the climax of the season finale, he finally achieves his goal. Have foes that are obviously too powerful for them to defeat show up early on, and as the series goes along, they eventually are able to overcome them...
I agree entirely about the heroes journey type stuff. Even in anime & such where the main character starts monstrously powerful they are just nothing compared to the big threats they need to work up towards.
 

thomkt

Explorer
I'm actually expecting this. It would be a great way for characters to grow over the course of a series. Perhaps the wizard's dream is to cast fireball, but he's just not powerful enough yet, and part of the climax of the season finale, he finally achieves his goal. Have foes that are obviously too powerful for them to defeat show up early on, and as the series goes along, they eventually are able to overcome them...
And it would be awesome if they did tie-ins and posted the characters stats periodically so the gaming wonks could follow their progress.
 

Azzy

KMF DM
I think it will most likely be set in the Sword Coast (like just about all the 5e adventures). I just hope that they use new, original characters (include a tiefling character), go light on cameos from the big NPCs (please, no pervert Elminster), and showcase some of the iconic locations, Neverwinter, Waterdeep, Netherese ruins, Mt. Hotenow, etc.
 

You could make a pretty good animatronic beholder, digitally removing the gubbins and operators behind. A CGI beholder would probably cheaper, but less convincing if it is on screen a lot.

Maybe, but CGI has advanced a LOT in recent years.

For example, let us not forget that every single aspect of the New Lion King movie was CGI.

Now, the movie sucked and the CGI was a terrible choice for the type of movie they were trying to make, but the technology exists to make things like the Beholder look very good. Of course... I'd just spring the extra money to make it animated, that seems like the best medium for DnD in my opinion.
 

As an FR fan, I wouldn't mind an FR series, however, I would hope they would do an original cast of characters (rather than, say, Drizzt), and really showcase the world--which would be better accomplished with a series than a movie.

Huh... I wonder...

Dragonlance lawsuit was just dropped, and this TV show was just announced. Likely a coincidence but... maybe?
 



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