Oops. They've gone and done it again. No, I don't know why either.
From what I hear - and I really don't know the truth of this - WotC has zero control over these movies. The rights were sold (or licensed for a period of time) and the publishers of D&D have no input at all.
It's used as an opbject lesson in other RPG companies as to what NOT to do with your IP licenses. If you know anything about this, feel free to post it below.
Also making a D&D movie is quite hard since everybody has a different opinion on what makes D&D, so unless they go for an adaptation of a novel series I don't think it will work.
In all sincerity (and to echo some sentiments above), the second movie wasn't terrible.
I know that TSR licensed the movie rights to Courtney Solomon many years ago, despite his never having directed anything. He was eventually able to get the first film made, with himself as director. He was also involved in the second film (producer?), and I expect is involved in this one in some capacity. I imagine that this must be the same license that still hasn't expired - otherwise, it supposes that WotC have reclaimed the rights and then licensed them out to the wrong people again.
You beat me to it. I was going to say:Given that this movie will embarrass D&D gamers everywhere and besmirch our collective hobby, I say we take action! Let's find a way to force the production studio to change this monstrosity of a movie's name to that of an RPG that matches this movie's quality.
Ergo, I hereby call for this film to be renamed Synnibarr: The Book of Vile Dorkness. Who's with me?
Bringing back Snails in every movie just to have him die in overblown and satisfying ways would be hilarious, but too brilliant for the makers of these hokey movies.Yeah! I mean, really, the only thing good about the first movie was that he got killed! You expect to satisfy anyone with this if you don't have Snails to kill?!?
Yeah! I mean, really, the only thing good about the first movie was that he got killed! You expect to satisfy anyone with this if you don't have Snails to kill?!?