Warner Bros. has had the two largest fantasy film franchises of all time. With both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises on their roster, the studio has managed to bring in more than enough fans — and profit — for themselves over the past decade and a half or so. However, with the Harry Potter franchise set to be complete in a few years, and both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings already done, WB may be looking for their next fantasy epic.
Which might explain why Warner Bros. has set their sights on a property that — while it hasn’t succeeded much on film in the past — certainly holds enough promise for more than a few original fantasy epics.
The studio has announced today (via The Wrap) that they are currently developing a feature film adaptation of the highly-popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. The studio has partnered with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment for the film, with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis as well as Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon set to produce the film. It will be based on a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), which has already been completed. No director is attached yet.
Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. Pictures’ president of creative development and worldwide production commented on the news with the following:
We are so excited about bringing the world of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.
Hasbro’s EVP & CCO, Stephen Davis also confirmed that the film will be based on “The Forgotten Realms” campaign setting of the game:
This is such an enormous opportunity to bring the rich fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms to life and, together with the creative powerhouse of Warner Bros., use movies to tell the stories that have enchanted passionate D&D fans for decades.
Now, it’s true that the D&D property has become a pop culture cornerstone at this point, but considering that there have been a number of films based on the game, and all have failed — then it looks like this might be a riskier decision for WB than some of their past fantasy franchises. Leslie Johnson hasn’t written anything of note either as of yet, so none of the talent is worth getting excited over, but it’s possible that Johnson’s screenplay is better than some of his past work.
The Dungeons and Dragons world is filled with all kinds of cinematic possibility, but it also has the potential to be something better suited to live in the minds’ of its players, instead of on the silver screen.
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