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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

hopeless

Explorer
I must be alone in quite liking The Book of Vile Darkness...
No others have apparently liked it, I just maybe I expected a bit too much and thought it could have been better.
But we're not talking Last Jedi, Men in White, The Stupids or Spaces Marines bad.
I won't comment on the Rise of Palpatine until I've seen it sadly I learned far too much about episode 8 to ever look upon it as anything other than an unholy mistake, its just that none of the D&D movies have fallen THAT far!
 

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ART!

Hero
That term, "subversive approach", is what worries me about this. I suspect it means a take on D&D which will offend most fans / players of the actual game. I really hope I'm wrong though.
My impression is that "subversive" is in reference to the Very Serious-ness of modern fantasy movies and tv.
For some context on what a "subversive take" may mean, this is the last film from the writer/director duo:

That's a fun film, with two ostensibly main characters but several others who get a lot of good screen time, too.
 

Subversive can also be in relation to fantasy movies being primarily male-dominated when it comes to the protagonists. So maybe one of the female actors is the real lead and Chris Pine is her sidekick. Maybe even a Bard recording her adventures! If this were 10 years ago, I would say casting Rege as the lead would also be subversive to typical fantasy. And who knows, the mainstream may still consider a black lead in a white dominated genre to be subversive.
 



My impression is that "subversive" is in reference to the Very Serious-ness of modern fantasy movies and tv.
Excessive seriousness is certainly an issue with fantasy TV, but I don't think there has been a serious fantasy movie since Return of the King, 17 years ago.

But as an example of a good subversive movie, may I point to Knives Out - a movie that both subverts the tropes of a murder mystery movie whist still being a very good murder mystery movie.
 


Minato

Villager
Excessive seriousness is certainly an issue with fantasy TV, but I don't think there has been a serious fantasy movie since Return of the King, 17 years ago.

But as an example of a good subversive movie, may I point to Knives Out - a movie that both subverts the tropes of a murder mystery movie whist still being a very good murder mystery movie.
The 3rd Hobbit movie came out in 2014, they weren't good but they existed.
 





Huh - I'd say (one of) their problem(s) was they were too serious.
They where a bit uneven, with broad comedy competing with attempted epic-ness. I think if they wanted to fit it into the same universe at LotR film trilogy they should have made it explicit that Bilbo was an unreliable narrator.

Whatever, it doesn't suffer from the excessive earnestness of post-GoT TV.
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I'm not tremendously worried about "subversive." It can literally mean anything*, and, for that matter, if they are subverting a prior subversion, aren't they just reverting?

*I'm sure it's just the buzz du jour when you're pitching and marketing. Who wants to say, "Yes, we are making a basic movie. So basic. All we are going to do is present your standard tropes, maybe reify them a little. We will not color outside of any lines, and we will do our absolute best to make sure that every damsel is in distress, and every canard is old."

No, of course not! "This is going to be new, and amazing, and will totally subvert your expectations while created a summer tentpole and shared universe going forward to allow for franchising, fast food merchandising, and toys and will still appeal to the crucial 18-29 demographic, while also coming in with an 'edgy' PG-13 rating for those teens. We know how our fellow kids do!"
 




hopeless

Explorer
I can't see them doing that better than the Witcher did!
They could try more of the Gamer's style on that though.
Admittedly Sam Riegel could pull that off though!
 


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