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

BRayne

Adventurer
In terms of "Actual Play" people contributing as actors, I would think it's tiered:
Main Party Character tier: Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll
Recurring Character: Ashley Johnson and Lou Wilson
Bit characters: Emily Axford, Brian Murphy, Zac Oyama
Pure Cameos: Other CR/D20/Naddpod actors and/or McElroys
 

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MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I missed out on most of the FR stuff and never read any of the Drizzt novels. I know of Elminster because of some old articles in Dragon Magazine but my first real exposure to FR was 5e.

But I don't understand the objection to a series based on Drizzt. Sure, for those you who have been playing D&D for continuously for decades, Drizzt is over done and you are sick of him.

But for a general TV audience, he seems like a compelling character and it highlights some unique aspects of the realm. They'll likely need to sanitize and make some changes to Drow appearance and culture for modern audiences, but I think that can be done without completely ruining the flavor of the Drow.

To me a series based on Drizzt, or something set in Dragonlance, seem to be very strong candidates for stories that would be interesting to a broad audience, feel very much like D&D, and allow for spin offs if successful.
 

Oofta

Legend
I missed out on most of the FR stuff and never read any of the Drizzt novels. I know of Elminster because of some old articles in Dragon Magazine but my first real exposure to FR was 5e.

But I don't understand the objection to a series based on Drizzt. Sure, for those you who have been playing D&D for continuously for decades, Drizzt is over done and you are sick of him.

But for a general TV audience, he seems like a compelling character and it highlights some unique aspects of the realm. They'll likely need to sanitize and make some changes to Drow appearance and culture for modern audiences, but I think that can be done without completely ruining the flavor of the Drow.

To me a series based on Drizzt, or something set in Dragonlance, seem to be very strong candidates for stories that would be interesting to a broad audience, feel very much like D&D, and allow for spin offs if successful.

A guy running around with pointy ears and blackface from a culture dominated by an evil matriarchy basically sums it up.
 

Haven't you noticed what this would mean? YOUTUBE AMVs!! Yes, seriously. Lots of DC superheroes are famous again thanks teleseries.

Isn't it funny? I am thinking about a revival of Urban Arcana, a setting of d20 Modern, because this is easier to be produced as an action-live title.

And why has it to be an action-live and not a CGI animation, wouldn't be easier to be produced?
 




Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
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 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.
FR has no relation to generic historical Europe (whatever that is). It’s modern American renfair through and through.
 

Seems like a wild overreaction, but okay
I dont like the character. I would rather see the show be its own new thing then writing stories based on super uber characters. Wasnt a fan of the 2nd season of the Mandolorian because they shoe-horned a "character" in there and it was neither organic nor make any sense.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I dont like the character. I would rather see the show be its own new thing then writing stories based on super uber characters. Wasnt a fan of the 2nd season of the Mandolorian because they shoe-horned a "character" in there and it was neither organic nor make any sense.
Okay. Seems like an extreme reaction to cancel whatever service it comes on because you dislike a character.
 

Stacie GmrGrl

Adventurer
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.
They can use the name if it's attached to a specific setting, but just calling it Dungeons and Dragons The TV Show is too ubiquitous.

Now, if the show is titled something like...

Tales of the Forgotten Realms: A Dungeons and Dragons tv show...

That's better.
 


Absolutely. In the age of Star Trek: Discovery, Star Wars: The Mandalorian and Marvel's Wandavision the public are very used to the idea of [name of franchise] [name of show]. It seems to me fairly obvious that both a D&D TV show and a movie would also follow this format.
 

dave2008

Legend
FR has no relation to generic historical Europe (whatever that is). It’s modern American renfair through and through.
It has been a while since I've been to a renfair here, but it was nothing like the FR! Now, the renfair I went to in France was a bit closer - they even had a dragon!
 




Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
One show isn't enough. It needs have multiple throughout the D&D universe.
"Need" is a strong word.

I'd expect the initial foray as being what folks in the general population think of when they think D&D - RenFaire with real monsters. And closest world in the multiverse that maps to that is Forgotten Realms (or perhaps Greyhawk).

Then, if successful, then either they spawn new series (better) or the characters do some 'verse hopping (not as good).
 

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