Hollywood’s latest attempt at a Dungeons & Dragons movie just got some star power: Chris Pine. Pine has closed a deal to appear in the fantasy film from writers-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Game Night). There are no plot details at the moment, but the film will be based on the fantasy tabletop role-playing game that has captured the hearts and minds of nerds everywhere.
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File this one under “Huh.” Joe Manganiello, the actor best known for his work as Richie in the Magic Mike films, wants to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie. But this isn’t just an actor talking. Oh, no. It seems that Manganiello has gone and co-written a complete Dungeons & Dragons screenplay and met with the game’s publisher and has talked about his vision for the movie on a recent podcast.
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The Super Bowl trailer for Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things gave us our first look at the new monster which will likely be the central antagonist of the new season. We theorized in our Stranger Things season two trailer breakdown that the monster might be a loose adaptation of the Thessalhydra from the kids’ Dungeons and Dragons game from the first season. But new evidence uncovered in the Super Bowl TV spot seems to suggest there may be a different inspiration for the season two baddie.
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If you’ve watched Community or Rick and Morty, or you listen to Harmontown, then you know that television creator, writer and producer Dan Harmon is a huge nerd. He loves sci-fi and fantasy and one of his many geeky vices is role-playing games. However, if you’re not a good friend of his, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy his role playing adventures.
HarmonQuest is a new series coming to the online comedy streaming service Seeso that lets you watch Dan Harmon play Pathfinder with some of his comedian friends, including the likes of Paul F. Tompkins, Chelsea Peretti, Aubrey Plaza, Ron Funches and more. However, just so you’re not watching some comedians in a room playing Dungeons & Dragons, the show also animated the quests as they happen.
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Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ansel Elgort is joining Warner Bros.’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. He’s looking to star in the studio’s long-simmering adaptation of the classic roleplaying game, which recently picked up director Rob Letterman. David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) wrote the script. Read More »
Vin Diesel is a nerd. Okay, maybe he’s not a nerd, but he does play Dungeons & Dragons. The Last Witch Hunter star has professed his love for the game many times. Once again, he’s sharing his passion for D&D and the potential film, which, he says, he’s been approached for in the past and would still consider being a part of. Could we see Dungeons and Dragons starring Vin Diesel? Learn more after the jump.
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I really love what The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences has been doing lately with their Academy Originals series of videos which take a look at the art and stories behind the making of the movies we love. The latest video features Casting director Marci Liroff (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Mean Girls) recounting the story of how Henry Thomas was cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
As it turns out, Thomas was not the first choice for the role of Elliot. Liroff describes how a game of Dungeons & Dragons at screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who is finally returning to screenwriting for Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG) changed the corse of a cinema classic, leading to the audition video I’m sure you’ve seen before. Hit the jump to watch the video now.
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After the success of the Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit and now Game of Thrones, Warner Bros. is looking to kick off another major fantasy franchise. They’ve just purchased the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, the incredibly famous tabletop role playing game in which players create characters and go on adventures through mystical worlds.
Screenwriter David Leslie Johnson is writing the film based on his own script, Chainmail, which was itself based on a fantasy game that predated D&D. Now that Warner Bros. owns the rights to the more popular brand though, Leslie Johnson is retrofitting his script to fit that game. One of this film’s producers, Courtney Soloman, actually directed a D&D film released by New Line 13 years ago. (There have also been two direct-to-DVD sequels.) That 2000 release was a financial and critical disaster, but WB is going to try again. Read More »