Warner Bros has acquired rights to make a movie based on Dungeons & Dragons, the role-playing fantasy game enjoyed by millions (including me years ago).
The studio will use a script by Wrath Of The Titans and Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson. That script, Chainmail, was acquired last year as a free-standing project, based on a more obscure game that was also created by D&D designer Gary Gygax before he and Dave Arneson launched D&D in 1974. It is being re-written for the much broader D&D world. The film will be produced by The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon. Solomon directed the 2000 Dungeons & Dragons feature – the pretty horrible one that starred Jeremy Irons. Alan Zeman is executive producing.
Warner Bros apparently feels that the success of fantasy right now including HBO’s Game of Thrones and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings saga will carry thru to a revival of D&D as a movie. They are vowing to give it a big budget and resources hoping to make it a film franchise.
The Dungeon and Dragons game is a fantasy universe on the order of The Lord Of The Rings and World of Warcraft where one game master leads a group of players role-playing as warriors, mages, thieves and the like thru a creative world of their imagination. No game consoles or computers needed – just an active imagination and some dice.