Break out your character sheets, fantasy fans: it looks like we’re getting another Dungeons and Dragons movie.
The franchise has been in legal lockdown, according to Deadline, with production company Sweetpea Entertainment and toy manufacturing company Hasbro duking it out over who has the rights to make a sequel. That ended this morning, when Warner Bros announced that everything was resolved (with the rights to D&D firmly under Hasbro’s control) and that they’d be making a Dungeons and Dragons movie.
On one hand, we’re getting a D&D movie! This is a franchise that’s existed for years, with a ton of name recognition and the potential to go just about anywhere.
On the other hand, we already had a D&D movie in 2000, and it was a critical failure in more ways than one. On top of that, Hasbro has something of a dismal track record when it comes to adapting their less toy-oriented franchises (BATTLESHIP, anybody?). In the right hands, this could be amazing; the question will be whether Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis of Hasbro, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, and THE LEGO MOVIE’s Roy Lee are the right hands.
In my opinion, it should be an epic back and forth: make most of the movie the epic-fantasy campaign we’ve come to expect, while occasionally cutting back to real life to show the players themselves haggling over rules or getting interrupted by someone’s sibling or cell phone. If they want to show us D&D, they should show us an actual D&D campaign, complete with in-character drama and out-of-character pitfalls and interruptions.
What would you like to see in a D&D movie? How would you do it if you were in charge? And what are your best D&D stories? Let us know in the comments below!