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D&D Movie/TV The D&D Movie Has Begun Filming!

Director Jonathan Goldstein tweeted "The campaign begins" with the following image!


Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will be directing the film which features "an ensemble cast and take a subversive approach to the game."

The film stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Hugh Grant, and Rege-Jean Page.

 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

J.Quondam

90% grunts. 10% thews.
That worked well for the Lego Movie (which wonderful, even for adults, for folks who didn't see it or the equally good Lego Batman Movie), but I'm not sure the mechanics are compelling or universal enough for a D&D film.
They wouldn't have to use specific mechanics, I don't think. Just playing to the idea that a character's success hinges on a die roll wouldn't be terribly difficult to convey. No mechanics beyond than "high roll good, low roll bad" would be needed.
(DM is narrating the in-game action as it unfolds.... )
Character goes sliding toward a cliff and stops there, teetering on the edge, as stones and a sword go clattering over.
Cut to a d20 tumbling in slow motion across the dining room table.
Cut back to character teetering.
Cut back to die rolling.
Cut back to character close up on eyes, worried, sweating profusely.
Cut back to rolling die... to stop on a 20!
Cut back to character, who drops, grabs the edge, and backflips up to safety! Success!
Yeah, pretty gimmicky. But used judiciously, it might be a fun way to tie the game world of the PCs to the real word of the players.

Guess we'll see soon enough, though! :)
 

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hopeless

Explorer
What sort of action?
A sortie is ambushed and unable to recruit allies in time to rescue their captured team mates the lone survivor already under pressure by lies about them betraying the others is forced to recruit people she would otherwise not go anywhere near.
Thus an aging band of former mercenaries who are as far from heroic as you can get have one last adventure knowing full well for most this is certain death but unknown to their recruiter they have secret weapon each of them are a legend in their field and the enemy are about to discover their reputation is well earned!
 


Parmandur

Legend
5 or 6 is a lot for both good and bad characters? Not for something like this, which should have a fairly large cast of core characters. Sure, it may not be as large as the Fellowship, but I doubt it is about a lone adventurer. Or are you expecting this to be like Conan, where the main character runs around solo, while picking up a temporary companion or two on his adventures?
No, I expect 4-5 core characters in a party, and a villain, and a handful of supporting characters. Just like Guardians of the Galaxy.
 

Forge Fletcher actually sounds like a hero’s name. If it was truly subversive, it’d be Hugh Grant’s character as the, like, most famous adventurer of all time being called into one last dungeon delve to save the world from the monsters below...who will be played by the other cast members.

Doric sounds like a bard to me. But maybe a goblin bard...

Yeah, not gonna be that.
 


R_Chance

Adventurer
If they are looking to make something for most players, that's aiming at the teenyboppers.
OK... thank you for furthering the depressive nature of my take on this... mind you, I suspect that is the point of their "subversive approach". On the other hand, if my expectations are low enough I can't be disappointed so there is that :D
 




While it would be nifty for this to be good, chances are it will be comparable to the last movie at worst or MYTHICA: A QUEST FOR HEROES at best
Doubt this will launch a franchise any more than Universal's Dark Universe managed to do so

We could get lucky. And this might be at least as fun as the Monsterverse
 

While it would be nifty for this to be good, chances are it will be comparable to the last movie at worst or MYTHICA: A QUEST FOR HEROES at best
Doubt this will launch a franchise any more than Universal's Dark Universe managed to do so

We could get lucky. And this might be at least as fun as the Monsterverse

I tried watching the first Mythica movie and I thought it was horrible.
 


Aaron L

Hero
If it's a "subversive approach to the game," maybe they'll all be defending a dungeon against hordes of adventurers.
I am seriously hoping that "subversive approach to the game" does not mean "D&D players from Earth being hurled into a D&D world!" (which would almost certainly mean the Forgotten Realms.) That kind of cheap garbage plot would be awful.

It was passable for a Saturday morning cartoon in the early '80s, but for an actual live-action Dungeons & Dragons movie it would be unbelievably tacky Isekai trash.

(I cannot stand Isekai, which is a manga/anime genre in which otaku/hikikomori from Earth/Japan are suddenly magically transported into generic Japanese videogame-style Fantasy worlds, or in the cheesiest versions they are instead merely somehow "stuck" inside an actual VR videogame that they cannot leave for some convoluted reason and they can somehow be killed for real in the game. Their knowledge of how Fantasy manga and Japanese-style Fantasy videogames work somehow acts as a sort of cheat code that allows them to effortlessly and undeservedly become total masters of magic, combat, and attracting hordes of anime babes to form harems around them and fight over them, therefore the obsession that made them outcasts on Earth instead becomes a skill that makes them the absolute masters of their new world. They are the worst kind of cheesy formulaic power-fantasy wish fulfillment trash, but unfortunately the genre has become incredibly popular in shonen manga and anime in Japan over the past several years, to the utter detriment of the industry.)
 





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