When one thinks of a Dungeons and Dragons film, one of two things comes to mind. The first would be the adaptation from 2000. The second would be Mazes and Monsters – The film is absolutely insane, and portrays Dungeons and Dragons as the gateway to madness.
The film would be forgettable enough, if it didn’t also star Tom Hanks giving one of the most hilarious performances you have ever seen. As a side note, if you haven’t seen either of these, see them. They are textbook examples of everything going wrong in a movie, and they are hilarious.
With this minor tangent out of the way, after a few years of legal battles, it would seem that Warner Bros and Hasbro would like you to forget about these films, as they are attempting to bring D&D to the big screen again. The script is being developed by David Leslie Johnson, (The Conjuring 2) but no other details have been released.
In a recent interview, Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros Pictures, stated: “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”.
Despite my somewhat coy comments at the start, I am actually looking forward to this. With a trip back to Middle-Earth unlikely, the Fantasy Genre could use some new films to take its place. So, call me cautiously optimistic for this. In the meantime, go watch Jeremy Irons ham it up in the 2000 film. It is utterly priceless.