The studio behind “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings” two of the highest grossing franchises of all time can now bring one of the most popular role-playing games of all time to the big screen.
After an undisclosed arrangement was made to end the lawsuit that was filed over who owned the rights to the fantasy game, Warner Brothers, Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment announced Monday that the popular fantasy role playing game is being developed as a feature film franchise.
David Leslie Johnson, who wrote “The Conjuring 2” and “Wrath of the Titans”, has already written a screenplay set in the “D&D” fantasy world of Forgotten Realms.
President of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Brothers, Greg Silverman said. “This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. “D&D” has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”
Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Sweetpea Entertainment’s Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman, and Roy Lee (“The Lego Movie”) are producing the movie. No other details have been confirmed about the production.
Now that Warner Brothers can move forward in making a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie the bigger question is should they?
In case you have forgotten a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie was filmed and released in the summer of 2000. The movie starred Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans, and Thora Birch and was a a total flop only making $33 million world wide costing the studio $45 million to make.
Now I will admit I’ve never played “Dungeons & Dragons” and I’ve never been a huge fan of the fantasy movies like “The Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter”. That’s not to say I haven’t seen those movies and that they weren’t well made, but neither of those franchises are among my personal favorites.
For some one who’s completely unfamiliar with “Dungeons & Dragons” as a game Warner Brothers will have to really catch my eye with a jaw dropping trailer in order to get enough of my attention to shell out the ten dollars to go see a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie.
Personally I feel a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie may only have a small nitch of an audience out their to draw from, but as I said I’ve never played the game it self nor have I been a huge fan of the fantasy movies that a “D&D” movie would fall into to.