(Yet another) D&D Movie Speculation thread.

Tyranny of Dragons, while more than a little railroad-y, wouldn’t be a bad choice indeed.
I'm not sure 'railroad-y' is a problem for a movie. :)

But I think when the movie happens, it’ll be the other way around. We’ll see a module and an Adventurers League season that ties into the movie.
Agreed.

Heck, they kind-of did that with the third D&D movie, releasing the 4e Book of Vile Darkness. I imagine it would’ve helped if more than 100 people saw the film.
Or if it wasn't terrible. That third film made the first one look like a classic.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
Anime remains pretty niche. It's still not a mass market appeal.
Perhaps not among adults, but it does seem to have a mass appeal with kids and teens (which, coincidenatally, is the target audience of most anime these days). It seems like most kids these days like some anime. Which brings me back the point that if you were to make an animated D&D series (regardless of animation style)—you need to market it to young teens, because that's where you're going to get the biggest draw. Make it smart, and you'll get some older teens and maybe some adults who will watch it, too.
 

Aebir-Toril

Scion of Ceres
Perhaps not among adults, but it does seem to have a mass appeal with kids and teens (which, coincidenatally, is the target audience of most anime these days). It seems like most kids these days like some anime. Which brings me back the point that if you were to make an animated D&D series (regardless of animation style)—you need to market it to young teens, because that's where you're going to get the biggest draw. Make it smart, and you'll get some older teens and maybe some adults who will watch it, too.
Hmm... very true.

I would model the show after Netflix's The Dragon Prince, but that's merely my personal bias.
 

lluewhyn

Explorer
But they did make a Dragonlance movie 10 years ago, well, an animated film. They even got a few big names for the voice-acting. And it bombed, and is currently sitting at 4.9/10 on IMDB.

But if you were wanting to go that route, I would recommend starting with another animated series, and get it going on something like Netflix before segueing into the theaters if it's popular enough.
 

Burnside

Explorer
My feeling is that the only point to making a Dungeons & Dragons movie is if the movie acknowledges that D&D is a game, and tells parallel stories of the "real life" people (probably kids) who are playing the game, intercut with fully-realized scenes of their characters (played by stars) existing and interacting in a fantasy world. The movie would explore how the lives and relationships of the real kids influence their game, and vice-versa. And it would be a movie about imagination and probably about escape. There is a lot of humor and pathos to be had there. That imo is what makes D&D unique and charming.

Otherwise, it's inevitably just another fantasy movie - one that will definitely be worse than Fellowship of the Ring and Game of Thrones. We have loads of that kind of D&D movie already, with the insignificant detail that they don't have the "Dungeons & Dragons" brand on them.
 

Parmandur

Legend
My feeling is that the only point to making a Dungeons & Dragons movie is if the movie acknowledges that D&D is a game, and tells parallel stories of the "real life" people (probably kids) who are playing the game, intercut with fully-realized scenes of their characters (played by stars) existing and interacting in a fantasy world. The movie would explore how the lives and relationships of the real kids influence their game, and vice-versa. And it would be a movie about imagination and probably about escape. There is a lot of humor and pathos to be had there. That imo is what makes D&D unique and charming.

Otherwise, it's inevitably just another fantasy movie - one that will definitely be worse than Fellowship of the Ring and Game of Thrones. We have loads of that kind of D&D movie already, with the insignificant detail that they don't have the "Dungeons & Dragons" brand on them.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a good model to follow, I think. It could work.

We know that wasn't the tactic they were approaching the movie with in the WB project, but who knows what they will do at Paramount?
 

Mistwell

Hero
Perhaps not among adults, but it does seem to have a mass appeal with kids and teens (which, coincidenatally, is the target audience of most anime these days). It seems like most kids these days like some anime. Which brings me back the point that if you were to make an animated D&D series (regardless of animation style)—you need to market it to young teens, because that's where you're going to get the biggest draw. Make it smart, and you'll get some older teens and maybe some adults who will watch it, too.
The highest grossing Anime movie for the past decade in the U.S. is barely a speed bump in terms of general box office numbers. It's about as niche a field as they come. Even documentaries make more.
 
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Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
But they did make a Dragonlance movie 10 years ago, well, an animated film. They even got a few big names for the voice-acting. And it bombed, and is currently sitting at 4.9/10 on IMDB.
Yeah, that was a poorly handled, poorly executed pile o' poop.

For all the talk of animation, the D&D movie (whenever it comes out) is going to be live-action. It would be best not to retread past movies or novels too closely, so as to take from the more modern character choices like dragonborn, tieflings, etc. to go along with the old familiar humans, elves, and dwarves.

But if you were wanting to go that route, I would recommend starting with another animated series, and get it going on something like Netflix before segueing into the theaters if it's popular enough.
This is more along my thoughts (except letting the series and the movie stay separate).
 

Burnside

Explorer
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a good model to follow, I think. It could work.

We know that wasn't the tactic they were approaching the movie with in the WB project, but who knows what they will do at Paramount?
Yes - exactly! Like a smarter, less irritating Jumanji. With a bit of a Lego Movie sensibility too.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Yeah, that was a poorly handled, poorly executed pile o' poop.

For all the talk of animation, the D&D movie (whenever it comes out) is going to be live-action. It would be best not to retread past movies or novels too closely, so as to take from the more modern character choices like dragonborn, tieflings, etc. to go along with the old familiar humans, elves, and dwarves.



This is more along my thoughts (except letting the series and the movie stay separate).
I don't seen an animated theatrical release anytime soon: a family friendly TV show *cough*Hasbrotoycommercial*cough* however, seems likely sooner or later.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
The highest grossing Anime movie ever for the U.S. is barely a speed bump in terms of general box office numbers. It's about as niche a field as they come. Even documentaries make more.
I'm not talking about anime movies. Excise that thought from your mind. Also, neither anime movies nor documentaries have anything to do with the popularity of anime among kids and young adults—most anime consumed these days are series and are watched on streaming sites.

What I AM talking about (if you followed the conversation), is that if there were to be an animated series (series, not movie) like someone else (!) suggested, that it should be aimed primarily at young teens. It, also, should also be something pushed on Netflix or Hulu. This, again, is something entirely seperate from the discussion of the forthcoming D&D movie (which, dollars to donuts, will be live-action).
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a good model to follow, I think. It could work.

We know that wasn't the tactic they were approaching the movie with in the WB project, but who knows what they will do at Paramount?
Yeah I said at the time that it’s a perfect example of a D&D movie done right, not great but definitely mass-appealing.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Yes - exactly! Like a smarter, less irritating Jumanji. With a bit of a Lego Movie sensibility too.
Or, maybe, a Lego Batman Movie sensibility...?

That sequel might be a model for what we see: not explicitly children's playtime, but implicitly.

The possibilities are somewhat interesting, so I'll pay to see what they come up with. And if my kids can get Owlbears in their Happy Meals: Mission Accomplished.
 

Mistwell

Hero
I'm not talking about anime movies. Excise that thought from your mind. Also, neither anime movies nor documentaries have anything to do with the popularity of anime among kids and young adults—most anime consumed these days are series and are watched on streaming sites.

What I AM talking about (if you followed the conversation), is that if there were to be an animated series (series, not movie) like someone else (!) suggested, that it should be aimed primarily at young teens. It, also, should also be something pushed on Netflix or Hulu. This, again, is something entirely seperate from the discussion of the forthcoming D&D movie (which, dollars to donuts, will be live-action).
You were replying to this (emphasis added):

"Despite the relative success of a number of animated works aimed at adults (*cough* Bojack Horseman) as well as the relative success of the new Spiderman animated movie as well as the DC Universe animated movies, it is still the case that IMO a D&D animated series would skew much younger."

By "series" I took him to mean series of movies, which is what most of the DC Universe animated movies are considered. Pretty sure, given the success of the new Spiderman anmated movie, that also will become a series of movies.

The thread title itself makes it clear we're all talking about movies.

If you think there should be an anime television or streaming series...OK. But, I was talking about movies, and so are 90% of the people in this thread, and so was a majority of the post you were replying to intially.
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
They need to envision it as an ongoing series, like Marvel did. They had a grand plan for years. I would suggest avoiding the drow problem (although I don't think it is insurmountable) and take a well known existing storyline from the vast D&D history and roll with it.

For the sake of argument let's say it is set in the Realms (the most well known place and oodles of novels and history), and you could conceivably focus on a different hero or groups of heroes, much like Marvel did with Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Dr. Strange, etc.

Maybe they should start with a revamped TV show or cartoon to test the waters first...
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
You were replying to this (emphasis added):

"Despite the relative success of a number of animated works aimed at adults (*cough* Bojack Horseman) as well as the relative success of the new Spiderman animated movie as well as the DC Universe animated movies, it is still the case that IMO a D&D animated series would skew much younger."

By "series" I took him to mean series of movies, which is what most of the DC Universe animated movies are considered. Pretty sure, given the success of the new Spiderman anmated movie, that also will become a series of movies.
See, but Bojack Horseman is a streaming series, and generally speaking when people use the term "series" they mean in the sense of TV/streaming series and generally use the word "franchise" when talking about movie "series".

The thread title itself makes it clear we're all talking about movies.
The thread title doesn't dictate tangents, and several people (myself included) have mentioned series (not franchises) on this thread.

If you think there should be an anime television or streaming series...OK. But, I was talking about movies, and so are 90% of the people in this thread, and so was a majority of the post you were replying to intially.
You're talk of movies was talking past me and those I was responding to. Also, while most people are talking about movies on this thread, some of us are engaged in a tangent that is not movie-specific.
 
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robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Here’s how I’d love a post credits clip to play out: cut to a living room scene with the actual actors sitting around a table packing up their dice and character sheets, saying stuff like “that was awesome.” “when do we play again?” “The DM looks at the camera and says “don’t worry the next campaign is going to be epic...” or some such. and then big letters: “D&D movie will return in 202X!”

If that’s how a regular fantasy D&D movie ended, that would be enough game tie-in to make me happy :)
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
Here’s how I’d love a post credits clip to play out: cut to a living room scene with the actual actors sitting around a table packing up their dice and character sheets, saying stuff like “that was awesome.” “when do we play again?” “The DM looks at the camera and says “don’t worry the next campaign is going to be epic...” or some such. and then big letters: “D&D movie will return in 202X!”

If that’s how a regular fantasy D&D movie ended, that would be enough game tie-in to make me happy :)
I think that would be great for a post-credits scene. I'd laugh my ass off.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Here’s how I’d love a post credits clip to play out: cut to a living room scene with the actual actors sitting around a table packing up their dice and character sheets, saying stuff like “that was awesome.” “when do we play again?” “The DM looks at the camera and says “don’t worry the next campaign is going to be epic...” or some such. and then big letters: “D&D movie will return in 202X!”

If that’s how a regular fantasy D&D movie ended, that would be enough game tie-in to make me happy :)
The cast of the movie with Matt Mercer or Chris Perkins...?
 

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