Warners Playing Dungeons & Dragons
Update: Not so fast, says Hasbro
Update! Someone isn’t happy about this idea – and wants to go to court to argue it out. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hasbro has filed a lawsuit claiming that producer Courtney Solomon has the rights to make the movie, and that it has licensed its own cinematic take on the game to Universal. We’re wondering if the company’s case might also extend to the argument, “Did anyone see the first Dungeons & Dragons film? Sheesh!” The case continues…
Dungeons & Dragons is such a core concept of early gaming life for those who grew up during (and just after) its heyday that it seemed inevitable that someone would one day turn it into a film. That day was late in 2000, when the execrable Jeremy Irons / Marlon Wayans film was unleashed, making us all remember the kids’ cartoon version with wistful nostalgia. Surprisingly, it hasn’t burned down the idea nor salted the earth and now Warners wants to give Dungeons & Dragons another stab.
The studio is looking to bring the warriors, mages, thieves, elves and others back to life by taking Wrath Of The Titans / Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson’s script Chainmail – itself based on a more obscure game crafted by Dungeons designer Gary Gygax – and having him re-work it to focus on the ideas from the main title.
It’s not really shocking in the age of Game Of Thrones and, perhaps more pertinently, Warners’ own success with The Hobbit that the studio would want to try to recapture the magic on screen. This one has proven tough to make in the past, and there are plenty of trapdoors awaiting the unwary, but Dungeons & Dragons deserves to be honoured with a great film, so if the right creative team can be found, we’ll stay hopeful, but keep our swords close. Roll the twenty-sided die!