D&D Movie/TV First Footage of D&D Honor Among Thieves: Dungeons, Dragons, Teamwork, With Superhero Vibe

EN World member OB1 saw some of the first footage of next year's Dungeons & Dragon movie, Honor Among Thieves, confirming "dungeons, Dragons, and party teamwork with a bit of a superhero movie vibe". The roughly 30-seconds of footage was shown as part of Paramount's promotional reel played at CinemaCon.

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Here is a quick hit of what I saw. Note that the 30 seconds or so was split up over 7 or 8 smaller shots interspersed in a larger product reel for other Paramount product. I was focusing hard to recognize when they were showing Dad Hat (All credit to my co-worker for realizing that the title shortens to Dad Hat) footage, but it made it very tricky to really get the details for the scenes. I will say that the overall look was absolutely amazing for being this far out. Easily on par with what you would expect from a Marvel theatrical release. Costumes all looked good, sets all looked good.
  • Chris Pine on horseback riding next to Michele Rodriguez talking about 'needing a team for this'
  • A blue? dragon flying overhead away from camera while characters flee underneath on horseback
  • A big city, I'm guessing Waterdeep, from an overhead, aerial view
  • Sophia Lillis (I think) pulling back on a slingshot wristband to fire something (there were two moments of this)
  • Big action sequence in an outdoor arena like setting with pillars growing out of the ground that some heroes jump across while others fire off bows/magic,etc
  • Rege-Jean Page on horseback heading towards some ruins, reminded me of something straight out of an old module but I can't put my finger on which one. Sort of half, simple stone wall buildings on a hilltop spread out over 100 meters or so
  • A character in a long shot (I think Chris Pine but not sure as it was very quick) dancing? under an archway - reminded me more of being under Otto's Irresistible Dance than something he was doing on purpose. On the flip side, it could be a bard character spellcasting as I think he had an instrument in his hands (sorry bard haters)
  • A spell that felt like a wizard casting shield against an attack. I think it was Rege-Jean but can't be certain.
  • Don't remember seeing Hugh Grant in the footage, and no plot details
  • Definitely had a fun, action packed vibe to it. Definitely not grim-dark
As for the superhero vibe I got, yeah, it felt somewhat like a fantasy version of Guardians of the Galaxy. I could imagine the marketing campaign for this leaning into this is Marvel meets Game of Thrones as a way to make the concept accessible to a larger audience not fully familiar with D&D style medieval fantasy.
 

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BookTenTiger

He / Him
If in fiction, at the table only inits have been rolled. Except for that one player that didn’t know it was called.
Maybe it was just Chris Pine adding up his attack. "Let's see, I had Advantage, so I got 15... I'm using my +1 Dagger... oh, we just leveled up, so my Proficiency Bonus went up, forgot to write that down... What's that, Michelle? Bless? Rolling 1d4 now... 3, nice! Okay, I got a total of-"

To be continued in Honor Among Thieves!
 


Jer

Legend
Supporter
Maybe it was just Chris Pine adding up his attack. "Let's see, I had Advantage, so I got 15... I'm using my +1 Dagger... oh, we just leveled up, so my Proficiency Bonus went up, forgot to write that down... What's that, Michelle? Bless? Rolling 1d4 now... 3, nice! Okay, I got a total of-"

To be continued in Honor Among Thieves!
The movie will not be truly representative of D&D unless it includes an exchange like:

"Ok so that's a total of 22"

"So your sword swings in an arc slicing at the orc and easily hits now roll ...."

"Oh wait - I forgot that I have a +1 sword now so it's actually 23"
 


I heard that Tom Cruise said that if the studio didn't include Val Kilmer in it, he would walk. I respect that.

Just got out of the Paramount presentation at CinemaCon where they showed Top Gun Maverick (which was actually great, and I’m not a huge fan of the original)

Looking forward to hearing more! Considering that D&D Direct just had a few seconds of a logo, 30 seconds of actual footage is pretty good.

but before that they showed a total of maybe 30 seconds of footage from DaD HAT. Can confirm dungeons, Dragons, and party teamwork with a bit of a superhero movie vibe to it. Very encouraged by what I saw 11 months ahead of release. More to come when I have some time later today!

I get that sometimes things do blend together after multiple decades and editions, but I've gamed with so many players that are walking, garbled palimpsests of rules. I think the worst was the guy that somehow thought that halflings automatically had advantage on any opponent taller than them. Which is a misappropriation of something like three different editions at once!

Wait do I have flanking?! Wrong edition? Are ye sure?
 



OB1

Jedi Master
Okay, got a few minutes more, here is a quick hit of what I saw. Note that the 30 seconds or so was split up over 7 or 8 smaller shots interspersed in a larger product reel for other Paramount product. I was focusing hard to recognize when they were showing Dad Hat (All credit to my co-worker for realizing that the title shortens to Dad Hat) footage, but it made it very tricky to really get the details for the scenes. I will say that the overall look was absolutely amazing for being this far out. Easily on par with what you would expect from a Marvel theatrical release. Costumes all looked good, sets all looked good.
  • Chris Pine on horseback riding next to Michele Rodriguez talking about 'needing a team for this'
  • A blue? dragon flying overhead away from camera while characters flee underneath on horseback
  • A big city, I'm guessing Waterdeep, from an overhead, aerial view
  • Sophia Lillis (I think) pulling back on a slingshot wristband to fire something (there were two moments of this)
  • Big action sequence in an outdoor arena like setting with pillars growing out of the ground that some heroes jump across while others fire off bows/magic,etc
  • Rege-Jean Page on horseback heading towards some ruins, reminded me of something straight out of an old module but I can't put my finger on which one. Sort of half, simple stone wall buildings on a hilltop spread out over 100 meters or so
  • A character in a long shot (I think Chris Pine but not sure as it was very quick) dancing? under an archway - reminded me more of being under Otto's Irresistible Dance than something he was doing on purpose. On the flip side, it could be a bard character spellcasting as I think he had an instrument in his hands (sorry bard haters)
  • A spell that felt like a wizard casting shield against an attack. I think it was Rege-Jean but can't be certain.
  • Don't remember seeing Hugh Grant in the footage, and no plot details
  • Definitely had a fun, action packed vibe to it. Definitely not grim-dark
As for the superhero vibe I got, yeah, it felt somewhat like a fantasy version of Guardians of the Galaxy. I could imagine the marketing campaign for this leaning into this is Marvel meets Game of Thrones as a way to make the concept accessible to a larger audience not fully familiar with D&D style medieval fantasy.

Also, note that there was no announcement to not talk about the footage seen (but no recording allowed). So I'm not breaking any rules here. I'd guess some other D&D fans in the audience will have caught more details and will hopefully write about it on some film sites.
 



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