Warner Bros Taking D&D Back To The Silver Screen?

May 9, 2013 by brennon

It came to my attention yesterday that Warner Bros have acquired the rights to produce another Dungeons & Dragons film. Yes, they are trying to revive this wounded beast…

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons - Wrath of the Dragon God

Dungeons & Dragons  - The Book of Vile Darkness

The first film was released in 2000 and was a total flop. Despite being taken to the cinema rather than going straight-to-DVD it was overacted, badly written and not at all what people were expecting.

Wrath of the Dragon God and The Book of Vile Darkness tried to remedy the painful first film but while they drew on the source material with more care and attention they were still lacking. They just didn’t feel like Dungeons & Dragons.

The problem here as I see it is that it’s nigh on impossible to do a film on Dungeons & Dragons without someone getting upset about it. While D&D has it’s official stories and legends of its own like Forgotten Realms it’s always been about individual narrative.

The Gamers 2 - Dorkness Rising

The other route to take is that of The Gamers where you tell the whole tabletop story from the dice rolling to the ‘in-game action’. Whether this would ever be considered for a major film release though is something else entirely.

Somewhat tainting the news further is that the script is being written by someone who wrote Clash of the Titans and Red Riding Hood, not exactly two of the most engaging stories out there. It’s made even worse by the original producer of Dungeons & Dragons from the year 2000 being involved!

I guess we have to wait and see with this one.

What do you think of Dungeons & Dragons as a film?