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You may recall that there was a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie based on the popular role-playing game in 2000 that spawn a sequel, the direct-to-DVD “Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God” 5 years later. Okay, so you may not recall the 2000 movie. (Or the sequel.) They were both kind of awful. The first one starred Jeremy Irons (chewing scenery like his life depended on it), Thora Birch (being terrible as usual), and Marlon Wayans (as, predictably, the “hilarious” sidekick to the white hero).
It was, ah, not so good, and was a commercial flop for New Line.
But if you were a fan of the game and that whole “Dungeons & Dragons” lore and wished a studio would do it justice with a big-budget movie, then rejoice, folks, because Warner Bros. is set to do just that.
The studio is currently in the very late stages of adapting an original script called “Chainmail” by David Leslie Johnson (“Wrath of the Titans”, along with a couple of “The Walking Dead” episodes) into an original “Dungeons & Dragons” script. This isn’t anything new. Hollywood has been “adapting” original scripts into sequels of established brand, or new movies entirely for decades.
Ironically, “Chainmail” was based on a game by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, before the duo went on to launch the much more successful (I’d say) “Dungeons & Dragons”, which to date has magically conjured up about $1 billion in merchandises sold. Apparently there are lots of familiar elements in the two games, enough that Warner Bros. is feeling good about simply tweaking “Chainmail” into their new “Dungeons & Dragons” movie.
The idea, apparently, is to throw lots of money at the property, so if nothing else, it’ll look good. Whether that means if it’ll actually be good … well, your guess is as good as mine, I suppose. Couldn’t be any worse, could it?
Here’s a look at that much-maligned 2000 film in case you wish to relive it:
Via : Deadline