Grab your multicolored polyhedrons and come out from behind your DM screens, because Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a film based on Dungeons & Dragons, which, according to my 3rd edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, is a wondrous item. Apparently, Warner Bros. has been busy making moves during the surprise round while the rest of us were flat-footed; development is quite far along, using a script by Frank Darabont’s prodigal student David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans, Red Riding Hood).
Initially acquired last year as a standalone project, the script, entitled Chainmail, was actually based on another pen-and-paper RPG developed by Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax prior to launching D&D with Dave Ameson. While some of you may have a bad taste in your mouth after the 2000 Dungeons & Dragons feature film starring Jeremy Irons, we’re told that those responsible have been sacked and fed to the mind flayers. Well, that’s not entirely true. The Lego Movie producers Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon are attached to produce the picture, and Solomon actually directed the 2000 film, but hey, don’t act like you didn’t do something 13 years ago that you’d like another shot at. In any event, as one who has played more of the game than I’d care to admit and someone who saw the 2000 film in a completely empty theater, here’s hoping that this time is a critical hit for fans of the venerable game.
What would you like to see from a Dungeons & Dragons film? Let us know in the comments below. Can they just adapt Baldur’s Gate II already?