The 2020s are going to be the era of big budget high fantasy on TV. Game of Thrones kicked the doors open, but arriving soon are Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, and House of the Dragon as TV series. But get your swords ready and learn your spells properly. Because now the iconic roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons is in development for TV as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Derek Kolstad, the creator behind the John Wick series, is developing a series for Paramount and Hasbro. This is a separate project from the D&D movie which is set to star Chris Pine. Kolstad wrote the original script for the first John Wick, and shared story credit for its two follow-ups. He’s also a writer on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Marvel Studios.
This would actually be the second time a D&D show made it on the air. A kid’s cartoon show ran for two seasons in the ’80s. The roleplaying game was a sensation, selling millions by the early ’80s. It also coincided with the “Satanic Panic” gripping the nation at the time. Parents wanted it banned. In an effort to make the brand “kid safe,” a Saturday morning cartoon was produced.
Dungeons & Dragons as a brand has actually benefited from the pandemic, as many families are playing more role playing games while hunkered down at home. In fact, sales have gone up for all things D&D, 20% over the previous year. So one can see why Paramount and Hasbro are attempting to strike while the iron is hot. We know we can’t wait to see Beholders, Displacer Beasts, and Tiamat fighting off warriors and wizards on our TV screens.
And if you want more D&D, please relive the amazing time Vin Diesel sat down with us for a campaign.