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Dungeons & Dragons directors talk the movie’s tone and direction

June 12th, 2020 by Marc Comments

It looks like things are really moving forward with the long-hoped for Dungeons & Dragons movie.

The movie will be directed by Game Night’s Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and the duo have said it will be a fun take on the whole D&D game and culture.

“We want it to be fun,” says Goldstein.

“It’s not an out and out comedy, but it is an action-fantasy movie with a lot of comedic elements and characters we hope people will really get into and enjoy watching their adventures.”

Continuing from that, Daley adds: “D&D is such a unique look at the fantasy genre where it is contemporary in terms of the people playing it and the way they speak to each other. So we never wanted to spoof the genre of fantasy or take the piss out of it.

“But we did want to find another way into it that we hadn’t necessarily seen before. Just the format of Dungeons & Dragons is so interesting and fun and all about critical thinking and thinking on your feet and figuring out ways to make things work after they fall flat. There’s a lot of the spirit of that that we’re trying to inject into the movie itself.”

“We haven’t been accosted by players yet, but we are working with the Wizards of the Coast [who are owned by Hasbro toys, the owners of Transformers, MASK and more], the brand holders of D&D,” adds Goldstein.

“They are the experts. We have people there that we work with and it’s pretty helpful, because as much as we know about D&D, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 45 years of lore that’s out there, so these guys are such a resource. If we need a particular spell that a [high]-level wizard could do, they could give us a list. It’s a lot of fun.”

While there has been a few big screen D&D movies already, it’s easy to argue that they have been, well, petty dire.

So far, the best interpretation of the game has unquestionably been the 1980s animated series which is still great to this day.

However, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing this version of D&D on screen again, but we can always hope…

What say you all? Is there potential in the D&D franchise or should it just be left as is? I want to know what you all think.

Source: THR

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….