Warner Bros. to reboot Dungeons & Dragons movie

The Hobbit film company picks up rights to make movie based on fantasy role-playing series aimed at attracting new viewers.

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a film based on Dungeons & Dragons, Hollywood news site Deadline reports. The project will reportedly use a script--called Chainmail--penned by Wrath Of The Titans and Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson.

The studio's ambition is to use the film to reboot the franchise for a new generation of viewers, Deadline claims. It will be the latest high-profile fantasy production at Warner Bros., following Game Of Thrones and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

The Dungeons & Dragons film will be produced by Roy Lee (The Departed, The Lego Movie). Courtney Solomon, who directed the 2000 film Dungeons & Dragons, is also on board to produce. That movie starred Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Die Hard With A Vengeance) and reportedly could have fared better.

No casting details or a release window have been revealed.

Capcom will release its '90s arcade Dungeons & Dragons titles Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, PC, and Wii U this summer as part of the $15 Chronicles of Mystara Collection.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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sonicare
sonicare

And in other news, 80's and 90's nerds rejoice!  Lol, myself included.

draco934
draco934

Shaka, when the walls fell..........

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I'd rather see the Dragonlance Chronicles than anything from D&D.

skop1234
skop1234

The only thing I remember from the Dungeons & Dragons (2000) movie was that Marlon Wayans was in it! XD

lightningbugx
lightningbugx

Such a movie would work great if they can get Steven Spielberg to direct or write it.  D&D requires a proper balance of serious drama and the movie, "Your Highness".  D&D may be about roleplaying, but the game mechanics and the resulting "role playing" are needed.  Some protagonist needs to be the victim of a critical miss.

emerin76
emerin76

how about they redo Dragonlance properly this time. 

WarBabay2
WarBabay2

Fine! Now would you please make it a Forgotten Realms movie series and you are all set.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Call me odd, but I look forward to a bad movie. I liked DnD movies because of that, they aren't "Manos: the hands of fate" bad, but still redeemable in a "mst3k" kind of way...

Bring on the crap!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, that's a short article. It's short enough for me to quote the whole thing:

"Warner Bros. to reboot Dungeons & Dragons movie. The Hobbit film company picks up rights to make movie based on fantasy role-playing series aimed at attracting new viewers." 

I liked the Dungeons and Dragons movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190374/) even though it was a bit silly and overdid some things. I see there are others, but I haven't seen them.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

Am i the only one that wants a D&D movie based on that old Saturday morning cartoon?

snxx
snxx

With the script made by the same guy who wrote the "Wrath Of The Titans" and "Red Riding Hood" adaptations? Here comes another "substandard" movie (and I'm only calling it that because I want to keep a low profanity level).

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

Well it's not like they could mess up D&D any worse than Hasbro has for the actual game.

cornbredx
cornbredx

I first heard this yesterday or something.

They should bring blue lips guy back, cus he totally made sense.

That first movie made back in early 00s was... something else. So bad its really bad (it's pretty funny if you can look at it ironically).

I wonder if they can do a D&D movie right? I mean, the game is all about making up your own stories within a specific universe, you'd think this would be easy. I've seen player made D&D stories better then the things made for wide release (such as the video games and movies they have released with this franchises name).

It's a toss up if they get it right this time.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Damn you WB. First you want to make a Bleach movie and then a Death Note movie and now this? 

Curses!

grove12345
grove12345

Havent seen a good DnD game since the genesis Dark Sun and the Capcoms DnD arcade game (AMAZING!). After that, the DnD franchise seem to be represented in the most shallow way possible meant for the masses. Grind, loot, and no role playing. As usual games got crappier after the 90s.

Heard pathfinder franchise is the way to go anyways.

I never played either pnp version.  I just missed the epic old school story telling DnD once represented. Skimming through the 2nd book transformed me into a fantasy realm. Skimming through anything after that brought me into a saturday morning cartoon/ comic anime world.


If this movie fails and ruins DnD...too late

sSubZerOo
sSubZerOo

We already had it.. It was called Lord of the Rings, and the numerous other good FANTASY movies out there.. Then we had the sh!t cash in called "Dungeons and Dragons" which involved a Wayan's brother that needed to die through out the movie.

mellow09
mellow09

Not so talented eh, Mr Ridley!

top8cat
top8cat

I know I going to be stoned for this.........but I liked the D&D movie

*boooOoOoOOoooo*

*gets hit with shovel*

hadlee73
hadlee73

As a long standing D&D fan/player, I doubt I'll be able to relate to a big budget film as much as I did with "The Gamers" and "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising". There's a reason we D&D players used to have so much fun, and it wasn't just because of the game itself. Those films are the only ones I know of that remind me of the social aspects of the game and make me want to play it again.

reincarnator07
reincarnator07

I get the feeling this will just be meh. The 2000 film was a great laugh because it was so exceptionally bad. It was so bad it was good.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

I was gonna say that, at the risk of jinxing it, there's no way it could be worse than the 2000 film. 

Then I saw that the director of said atrocity is on board as a producer... Wonderful, let's take a guy who's clearly not exactly up to scratch and put him in a position where he can wreak even more havoc...

Into D&D and want an entertaining media depiction of it? Go read Order of the Stick.

servb0ts
servb0ts

I'll buy it New if its BadAss, if not I'll buy it Used an put it with SMB, DBZ the movie & Street Fighter the movie , Shelf of Shame.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Okay, Gamespot just decided to go fubar for a moment, I see there is an article now. Interesting...

Saketume
Saketume

@racerxgundam I love that toon but I wouldn't trust hollywood to do it justice these days.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

@snxx it's almost as if they want it to suck as much as the previous movie, so kept all the usual suspects on board. There's something wrong when something with wizards and dragons comes out crap.

snxx
snxx

@Poodlejumper Actually, if you ignore that D&D was an RPG once, the 4th edition is a very fun combat boardgame. But if you want a good RPG, D&D wasn't exactly the best choice even in the 90s...

Hurvl
Hurvl

@cornbredx That was Bruce Payne as Damodar. With him in a D&D movie, you're in a world of pain/Payne.

snxx
snxx

@grove12345 Just one game to discredit your whole post: Planescape Torment.

mellow09
mellow09

Let their blooood RAIIIIIIIN from the SKYYYYYYYYYYYIEEEEEEEeeeee

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@top8cat It makes sense, I know I'd at least find the movie funnier if I was stoned.

jecomans
jecomans

@Vaasman Mmm. The awesome writing and production values of GoT and The Hobbit, and you follow it up with a DnD reboot penned by the guy who murdered Wrath of the Titans and Red Riding Hood? What's not to love?

jecomans
jecomans

@Shanks_D_Chop Red Riding Hood is so bad you could snap someone out of a coma by playing it next to their bed. I'm sure it can be worse. 

meralonne
meralonne

That guy was AWESOME in Highlander: Endgame!!!!

Curzad
Curzad

He must have missed the boat on the BG series, Icewind Dale, NWN 1, Planescape, etc...

snxx
snxx

@Curzad Well, even though I liked both Icewind Dale games, I wouldn't mention them as a counter for his arguments: Icewind Dale 1 and 2 were only about hack'n'slash and loot and level up. Fun, indeed, but also pretty shallow. :)

jecomans
jecomans

@Shanks_D_Chop That's the one. They took an admittedly awesome cast, then suffocated them with the director of Twiblah and this supposed writer David Johnson. That poor fairy tale...