D&D Movie/TV There's A New Trailer For D&D: Honor Among Thieves

A brand new trailer for the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie has just been released! The movie comes out March 31st. This trailer very much highlights the tongue-in-cheek nature of the movie and is filled with one-liners. The trailer also gives us a good luck at the Red Wizards of Thay, along with the mimic, the owlbear, and other iconic D&D monsters.

 
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mamba

Hero
Is it possible (or maybe the better question is "is it likely") that they get a cut of the box office? I don't really know how deals like that work at this level of film, so I'm genuinely curious.
I’d say likely… if you expect the movie to be a success, you take a percentage, if you expect it to fail, you take a lump sum. See The Witcher games ;)
 

pumasleeve

Explorer
Guarded optimism - a trailer does not a movie make. The trailer for the first Suicide Squad had me super jazzed and look how that turned out...

Edit: not thrilled about the lazy writing they chose to showcase:

Character: Don't do the thing!

[thing happens]

Character 2: I did the thing. Sorry.

[me rolling eyes]
At least suicide squad gave us Harley Quinn. This move looks like 2000s era cgi effects and a bad script
 

grimslade

Krampus ate my d20s
Does China know or care?
Now_All_of_China_Knows_You're_Here.jpg
 

DMZ2112

Chaotic Looseleaf
I'm glad the black dragon isn't in this one. I want to have words with the director who thought interpreting the black dragon breath weapon as "vomiting crude oil" would be cool.
 



Undrave

Hero
Closer to the other way around IME.
Ah, the Slap-Happy Jack principle!

On this I disagree. Pathfinder is more well known than many fantasy book series that have been adapted into films in recent years, they have solid stories to draw from, and would probably feature a goblin in the main cast. I think it’d do fine.
Do those fantasy book get movie adaptations? I feel like a Pathfinder movie after a D&D movie comes out would look like a cheap knock off to the lambda viewer… I don’t know if it’s something a studio would like to get involved with.
 

Kinematics

Adventurer
does that include the marketing? Usually that is about as much as the movie itself
Yeah. It's just a rough guideline, but all the marketing/advertising/distribution/etc is commonly estimated as being about as much as the cost of the movie itself. Thus, twice the production cost to break even.
 

Von Ether

Legend
/stares at you in horror
However that is the correct reaction to someone running Castle Falkenstein with 3E lol.

And I did it only with the Player's Handbook. Part of the secret is that it was 3.0, when things were a little more loosey-goosey. (Blame 3.5 on the organized play of the time.)

... and let's just say -- just like Mutants and Masterminds did years later -- players can be surprising open to "optional rules" to the point the amount of optional rules used pretty much makes up a new game.

I guess most player don't think about the Ship of Theseus much.
 
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mamba

Hero
Yeah. It's just a rough guideline, but all the marketing/advertising/distribution/etc is commonly estimated as being about as much as the cost of the movie itself. Thus, twice the production cost to break even.
that would assume the theater does not take a cut… so it really needs to be 4x the production cost to break even
 

bloodtide

Adventurer
She’s fighting with a brick because they are prisoners and have no weapons.
Slapstick fighting with a non weapon object is a huge RED Flag, just saying.


Couple things:
The character is a sorcerer, not a wizard.
Oh, well there are plenty of at will attack cantrips....wonder if the sorcerer will use them ALL the time? Unless they try the tricky "oh he only knows light, mending, mage hand and shape water. "

And can Earthen Grasp "grab" a Bigby's Hand? That is some wacky homebrew rules there...

Neverwinter and Icewind Dale are confirmed.
Icewind Dale? No Way.....oh, wonder if we will get a tease of a dark skinned elf with two curved swords....

They're prisoners at that point. Using an improvised weapon at that point makes perfect sense. (It's actually how things go in the real world, in fact.)
Yea...like when hit by the brick...and people fly backwards like they were hit by a truck. And REAL person would throw a punch before hitting someone with a brick.

They use their real weapons all over the trailers we've seen to date, whether it's the barbarian's molten axe or the paladin's fancy magic sword.
They hold them sure. And sure they will cgi spam attack the cgi monsters too.

Optimization may not be the enemy of fun, but it is certainly the enemy of a good drama.
-Bill James, probably.
Yea, and add "common sense" and "even a hint of reality". Sure, this is normal for most....bad...movies.
 


Richards

Legend
And REAL person would throw a punch before hitting someone with a brick.
She held the brick up first to block the incoming axe-strike - something that would not have worked using just her bare hands, I'd wager - and then, since she was already holding a brick, I have no problem with her using it as a weapon, smashing the guard's foot and then popping him one in the jaw. I'd much rather punch somebody's jaw with a brick than my own fist, if I had the option....

Johnathan
 

teitan

Legend
To do well it needs 25 million people to see it?*
So needs lots non-rpg people to go.
I'm really looking forward to it.
I hope it does very well.

* I have no idea what say $500 million box office is in terms of ' people'.
It basically means it will do well internationally because the RPG is small potatoes compared to the brand. But much like comic books where Marvel Studios needs the comics to maintain the core brand, WOTC needs the RPG to succeed with its core audience to maintain the core audience for the licensing to succeed. Transformers is an example. Bay lost the core fans and If you don't get the small, core fans, you don't have an audience because the good will won't exist. I know, I know a lot of the core audience for older editions are very much "WOTC doesn't want my money" but these players moved on 20+ years ago when 3e came out and they called it TETSNBN on the Grog forums. In 20 years a whole new audience grew around the brand and two generations of players have emerged and their audience is very much 5e. So if the 5e audience, which is largely indifferent to the OGL changes, and the general audiences that would go to the movies watch this... 33.3 million people worldwide at $15 a pop is easily doable on what is one of Hasbro's biggest brands right now and one of the biggest brands on the planet in this day and age of everything going to Netflix of this nature. If it comes out in China where fantasy does extremely well? It looks good, it looks entertaining. 500 million is usually considered a failure these days. This won't be a failure. I am guessing 700.
 
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JEB

Legend
Weirdly, depending on the theater and location, renting out a theater for a private watch party is a lot less expensive than you might think.*

(Something I learned when I wanted to see Tenet during COVID with a small group of friends).


*ETA- Especially if you can get a group together for an afternoon during the week.
Yep, currently costs about $200 (pre-tax) at my local theater for the newest movies, somewhat less for stuff that's been out a while. Equivalent of something like 15-20 movie tickets (so Wizards has lost about that many sales in this instance). Like you, Covid is what pushed me to learn about these options... it helped me and my friends keep up on the MCU. Also worth noting: my friends generally chip in as well, reducing the burden on me, I just wind up paying the lion's share.

Mind, the other local theaters make this substantially more expensive, and much harder to arrange, so YMMV. I'm lucky to have a reasonable place nearby.
 

teitan

Legend
I think Matt Damon said a movie typically has to double the budget to break even. 100m budget needs 200m since half goes to theaters as an easy way to figure it out. It was a recent interview (last couple years) where he mentioned it.
This is sort of correct. Budget plus marketing and a movie like this also has merchandising that helps to reduce that need. Like Phantom Menace and the other SW sequels were paid off through merchandising before they even debuted in theaters. It's why something like Shang Chi is getting a sequel, merchandise did well, vs no confirmed sequel to Eternals, which did about the same theatrically but the merchandising still sits on shelves without movement.
 

bloodtide

Adventurer
She held the brick up first to block the incoming axe-strike - something that would not have worked using just her bare hands, I'd wager - and then, since she was already holding a brick, I have no problem with her using it as a weapon, smashing the guard's foot and then popping him one in the jaw. I'd much rather punch somebody's jaw with a brick than my own fist, if I had the option....

Johnathan
Sadly, I'm sure the movie will be full of this sort of thing. All the characters ARMED with WEAPONS will always be like picking up objects as slapstick comedy.
 


I'm glad the black dragon isn't in this one. I want to have words with the director who thought interpreting the black dragon breath weapon as "vomiting crude oil" would be cool.
It's a line of acid, exactly like it's been in the tabletop version since black dragons were invented. You can see the acid dissolving things and bubbling on the ground in that trailer. It's basically how I, at least, have visualized what a flying black dragon using its breath weapon would look like ever since I started playing the game.
 

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