Let There be Dragons! (Again!) Warner Bros. is Rebooting Dungeons & Dragons

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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.

Dungeons & Dragons (2000) Movie PosterBut 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

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    It was horrible. And don’t forget it had Jimmy Olsen 2 from “Lois & Clark” as the lead. The sci-fi/syfy sequel “Wrath of the Dragon God” was much better and that says a lot.
    Hopefully with the LoTR films in the bag, and The Hobbit in full swing we can get a good D&D game. They really should just do a Drizzit movie.

    • Juggernaut

      I never played the game but I remember seeing the 2000 film in the theater when it came out. Even going in with no preconceived notions it was pretty bad. I was a fan of the cartoon from the 80’s of the same name and had the action figures from it! I could see a serious adaptation along the lones of Clash of The Titans or Lord Of The Rings being cool as long as rthey stick to the source material. Hey, a million nerds can’t be wrong.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Like I said the sequel which was low budget was much better, and used a lot of stuff from the games, books and such. I never played the game but there is a LOT of lore to be used and mined. 30+ years worth.