Dungeons & Dragons Movie Gets Director, "Vin Diesel-Type" Eyed for Lead - Report

Goosebumps director Rob Letterman signs on to direct the fantasy film, according to new report.

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The Dungeons & Dragons movie, which has been in development at Harry Potter and The Hobbit studio Warner Bros. since 2013, is moving forward, apparently. Citing unnamed sources, The Tracking Board reports that Warner Bros. has brought on Goosebumps and Shark Tale director Rob Letterman to helm the film. Wrath Of The Titans and Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson is writing the script.

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The movie, based on the decades-old fantasy tabletop game, will be an "action-adventure tale" that focuses on a warrior and his creature pals, among them a half-dragon and a "cunning gnome." They set out looking for a mythical treasure, and that's all we know about the plot so far.

The Tracking Board reports that the film's producers, including Roy Lee (The Departed, The Lego Movie), are looking for a "Vin Diesel-type" actor for the lead role. Diesel himself has spoken about his love for the D&D series [video link], though there's no word yet on if he's going to be involved with the new film.

Courtney Solomon, who directed the 2000 film Dungeons & Dragons, is also on board to produce. That movie starred Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans, and Bruce Payne.

According to a 2013 report from Deadline, Warner Bros. is aiming to use the film to reboot the D&D franchise for a new generation of viewers. No release date, or even a projection of a release date, for the upcoming D&D movie has been announced.

One of the latest new D&D games is Sword Coast Legends, which features a soundtrack from Fallout 4's Inon Zur.

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I hope this a joke...seriously just hand over the rights too HBO. They actually know how to handle dark and gritty fantasy.

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It's pretty damn simple, get Peter Jackson and buy the rights to Dragonlance which was written by some of the creators of D&D...

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I'd love it if Diesel actually got picked considering he actually plays D&D

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@dnsfw_jamus: Yeah. I watched The Last Witch Hunter so at I know he can use a sword quiet well. Same with dagger throw.

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Warner Bros Studios definitely has the money and talent to make a good fantasy movie, but their choice in script writer and director leave a tad unenthused. Honestly I'm not a fan of D&D at all, but I would love another great fantasy series.

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Hah. Wants to bring in a "Vin Diesel-Type" actor into the lead role, but haven't talked to the man himself. Come on now. Don't peddle this Vin Diesel wannabe without trying to Vin Diesel first.

Since I am very turned off by the Goosebumps movie, Rob Letterman as director already puts a damper on the excitement level.

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Did they learn NOTHING from the last TERRIBLE D&D movie?

They need to bring in SERIOUS people who understand D&D and will give us a good suspenseful/fantasy adventure movie, not this cheap laugh out loud comedy focused care-free adventure movie.

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Ugh! This sounds horrible. Why not a dark and gritty film? At this point I believe a D&D movie could only work as an animated film.

Book of Vile Darkness was actually OK for a D&D live action movie.

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Yea i was done when i read "warrior and his creature pals" whats soo wrong about a few D&D Classes going on an adventure instead lets make movies with talking animals....its dont really matter as i dont see this going anywhere but next to Atari ET.......

One could also read the plot as an "Adult Pokemon" *sigh*

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the problem here is Warner is looking for the next fantasy theme movie to milk errr make money from.. nothing is wrong with that, but the problem is some Fantasy books/stories just don't bode well to film and as such is best suited for a television series... Game of thrones serves as a perfect example.

Also there's the budget thingy, if the are so serious with getting it right you can't say your holding back on the budget even though big budget movies have bust plenty time over..

Word to the wise, film a season for network television and if viewership holds, then do another season to make sure the first wasn't a fluke then do a movie...

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Wow. I don't think this could be smeared with anymore "generic" than it already is. Yet another D&D turd in the making. What the hell happened to this property?

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how about a dragonlance movie?

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The only director that can remotely do this justice is Uwe Boll.

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@mdinger: hahahahahahahahaha

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They might aswell hire Vin Diesel himself.

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The Goosebumps director and a "Vin Dielsel wannabe" in the lead...what can possibly go wrong?

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Lets see some Minsc and Boo, how about that?

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@maltnut: Go for the eyes, Boo, go for the eyes! XD

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@maltnut: Seconded. A Baldur's Gate film is what we really want to see. But it would need the original voice actors to do the characters justice.

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They are never going to do this right, are they? Just adapt the Drizzt novels for the big, or small, screen, hire people that know what they are doing, get a bad ass lead and ..... profit, no underpants involved. This crap sells itself, requires almost no real work on the part of WOTC, and they are still clueless.

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Missed opportunity to put a picture of the guy with blue lips from the last "Dungeons and Dragons" movie.

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Unless it's a documentary, saying you're making a D&D movie is like saying you're making a "video game movie." It could be just about anything.

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@Mogan IKR! It won't be the cool stuff though. No Spelljammer movie, no Dark Sun movie, no Ravenloft movie, No Drizzt. It will be generic CGI garbage.:

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Because the first Dungeons and Dragons movie wasn't bad enough.

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@Thanatos2k LOL! Which one? There have been a bunch. I think the last one was filmed in Estonia, or another Baltic nation, and had a shoestring budget.:

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@WautraetsM: So which is worse, Dungeons & Dragons, with Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans, or In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, with Jason Statham and Ray Liotta?

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@WautraetsM: That'd be the one.