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D&D Movie/TV Is the D&D TV Show Based On Drizzt?

We don't know much about the D&D TV show yet. Here's what we do know.
  • The writer is Derek Kolstad (John Wick).
  • It will be 6-10 serialized episodes.
  • It's a work in process and as yet untitled.
  • WotC has just launched a "Summer of Drizzt" PR campaign, which includes an animated short with Benedict Cumberbatch narrating.
  • The accompanying press release said "A live action tv show is in development with eOne entertainment and, although not focused on Drizzt, a movie set in the Forgotten Realms starring Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Rege-Jean Page, Michelle Rodriguez, Sophia Lillis, and Justice Smith is in production." That reads like the former is Drizzt, the latter isn't.
  • ComicBook.com asked WotC directly, who said "the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie was "not focused on Drizzt, but there is a TV show in development that might be."
  • The TV show was confirmed to be set in the Underdark. The approach is a "tinier sliver" of the world, compared to epic stories like Lord of the Rings. He compares it to Star Wars and Jaws. He mentioned that he's like to go "deeper and deeper into the Underdark".
  • See this interview with the writer on Collider.
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MarkB

Legend
If it is Drizzt, I wonder what approach they'll take with the Drow. There's been a lot of distancing from the older portrayals of them recently, so a series that went with anything close to a straight adaptation of Drizzt's origin novels would certainly be a bold move.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
If the TV show is set in the Underdark, it seems pretty obvious they would leverage one of the most popular characters from the Underdark to appear at some point.
 

Count_Zero

Adventurer
If the TV show is set in the Underdark, it seems pretty obvious they would leverage one of the most popular characters from the Underdark to appear at some point.
They've been getting into some stuff with alternate Drow Cities that aren't evil (artic Drow and jungle Drow), with keeping the Lloth Worshippers evil - so I could see them doing something with tweaking the story to introduce those other Drow populations, maybe.
 







Parmandur

Legend
If it is Drizzt, I wonder what approach they'll take with the Drow. There's been a lot of distancing from the older portrayals of them recently, so a series that went with anything close to a straight adaptation of Drizzt's origin novels would certainly be a bold move.
Based on their Driz'zt blitz video today...they might lean into it in interesting ways.
 




They've been getting into some stuff with alternate Drow Cities that aren't evil (artic Drow and jungle Drow), with keeping the Lloth Worshippers evil - so I could see them doing something with tweaking the story to introduce those other Drow populations, maybe.
Just, imagine if aliens scout ships had visited Earth during the victories the Nazis scored in Europe with the Blitzkrieg in Poland. They may have painted a picture that the dominant human culture was Nazi.
 

I hope it is. There are some great characters to work with, lots of lore, and quite a few fabulous encounters. Yes, the characters might be a bit stereotyped (I am a barbarian - Rar!), but it means nothing if the story is compelling, the setting has lure, and the acting is solid. I mean, I didn't see one complaint about the Witcher that revolved around stereotypical dwarves, secretive wizards, or the show's protagonist, a 20th level ranger. ;)
The only complaints I saw were silly; linked to their timeline debacle and casting.
 

I hope it is. There are some great characters to work with, lots of lore, and quite a few fabulous encounters. Yes, the characters might be a bit stereotyped (I am a barbarian - Rar!), but it means nothing if the story is compelling, the setting has lure, and the acting is solid. I mean, I didn't see one complaint about the Witcher that revolved around stereotypical dwarves, secretive wizards, or the show's protagonist, a 20th level ranger. ;)
The only complaints I saw were silly; linked to their timeline debacle and casting.
Geralt, played by Henry Cavill, did no favors for his career. Lots of "hmm" and nothing more in dialog.
 


If it is Drizzt, I wonder what approach they'll take with the Drow. There's been a lot of distancing from the older portrayals of them recently, so a series that went with anything close to a straight adaptation of Drizzt's origin novels would certainly be a bold move.
I doubt it. WotC's recent history is not that of a bold company.
 


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