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New 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie Compared To 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

Written by sdsichero on Wednesday, February 24 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

New 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie Compared To 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

By movie's producer, but what's on a Halfling's Awesome Mix?

Source: Exclusive: New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Will Be Like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in a Tolkien-Like Universe

At the appropriately named D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, Dungeons & Dragons (new) movie producer Roy Lee sat for an interview with Collider. The interview provided some tidbits on the story and feel of the movie, which previous coverage generally focused on the legal issues regarding the film rights to the fantasy tabletop roleplaying game. The settlement has Warner Bros. distributing the film from a four-year old screenplay penned by David Leslie Johnson.

So what can we expect from a new (let's not cover what came before) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) movie? Well, Lee confirmed that the movie will have an ensemble cast, which fits well with the adventure party typical D&D games have. Lee also gave some assurance that the people working on the film have some love for the original property mentioning that the writer has been a fan since the Chainmail days, which was sort of the prototype for what became Dungeons & Dragons.

As for the film's tone, the producer says:

"This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before."


Sounds like they are planning a story with high adventure peppered with humor. Lee (who worked on The LEGO Movie), seems pretty positive on D&D saying:

"I think it will really be moving forward quickly, and I don’t anticipate it not getting greenlit this year, mostly because Warner Bros. has DC now, and LEGO, and the Harry Potter universe that’s being cultivated as their franchises. I believe they see Dungeons & Dragons as something that could be cultivated as a multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs from the first movie being in Forgotten Realms and subsequent movies being in different worlds."


So it seems like we could get a bunch of movies, perhaps a D&D Cinematic Universe (or Cosmos). Though it seems Lee does not envision much crossover, saying that each film would take place entirely in its own realm. Lee again assures fans:

"… you’ll see things that are very faithful to the source material as well as new elements are being incorporated with help from Wizards of the Coast [current owners of the D&D property], who are giving a lot of input on the script."


Dungeons & Dragons, over the years, has grown to incorporate many "worlds" with different flavors. For example, the gothic horror realm of Ravenloft, the post-apocalyptic desert world of Athas (Dark Sun), the pulp world of Eberron, and the fantasy-space universe of Spelljammer to name a few. The Forgotten Realms, which the planned movie takes place also has its different locales, ranging from the port city of Waterdeep, the frozen lands of Icewind Dale, the magical desert of Anauroch, and the fantasy Orient of Kara-Tur so there is potential for some interesting things in the new movie.

This reporter wouldn't mind seeing some Greyhawk adventures; Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, and Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth. Some Dragonlance on Kyrnn done well would be welcome as well.

The new Dungeons & Dragons movie does not have a target release date yet, the film is still in pre-production and has yet to get really… rolling.


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