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Old 02-21-2018, 08:01 AM   #1
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LEGO Movie Director In Talks For Dungeon & Dragons Film Reboot


GameSpot rolled a Dungeon & Dragons film news.

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In December it was revealed that a new big-screen adaptation of the classic role-playing game property Dungeons & Dragons was in development. It has now been reported that Paramount is looking to bring The Lego Movie's Chris McKay on board as director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McKay is in negotiations with the studio to helm the film. McKay was the animation director on the hugely successful The Lego Movie, and was a producer on last year's Lego Ninjago Movie. He is also developing a Nightwing movie at DC.

The Dungeons & Dragons reboot currently has a release date of July 23, 2021. Baby Driver lead Ansel Elgort has reportedly been in talks to star, but beyond that, no further news is known about the project. An earlier Dungeons & Dragons movie was released in 2001, but it was a commercial failure and poorly received by critics.
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Here's a free piece of advice. See that picture? Make the movie look like THAT! We don't need another grim dark GOT rip-off. No Vikings, no grays and browns, no Peter Jackson melting faces and spurts--DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS!
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Old 02-21-2018, 08:15 AM   #3
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Yeah, we don't need a subversion of the genre.
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Here's a free piece of advice. See that picture? Make the movie look like THAT! We don't need another grim dark GOT rip-off. No Vikings, no grays and browns, no Peter Jackson melting faces and spurts--DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS!
Well said. I think they also need to avoid an "It's the end of the world!" story line too. Just make it an interesting dungeon crawl with characters that are well done enough that we care about what happens to them, even in a story with smaller stakes.
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Hopefully they'll kill off a Wayans brother in this one, too.
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You know, I don't recollect any movie doing just a straight up dungeon run. They always went for this huge adventure save the world crap. Just a regular fun adventure into a dungeon would be fun and intense. Oh sure travel to different towns a little but not this LET'S SAVE THE WORLD isn't what every dnd session was about.
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Saving the world can just be happenstance. Look at something like Shaun of the Dead or The World's End. The adventure can turn out to be something much bigger than originally anticipated, but the characters are still working to save themselves first and foremost. Saving humanity just ends up being a bonus.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:23 AM   #8
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WotC owns the D&D license. If you thought Star Wars was becoming political, just wait. :-)
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:25 AM   #9
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Screw everyone, my wife and I thought the 2001 Dungeons and Dragons movie was just EPIC!
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You know, I don't recollect any movie doing just a straight up dungeon run. They always went for this huge adventure save the world crap. Just a regular fun adventure into a dungeon would be fun and intense. Oh sure travel to different towns a little but not this LET'S SAVE THE WORLD isn't what every dnd session was about.
I agree that the idea that every movie has to be epic in scope with that "save the world" attitude gets a little tiresome. I'd love to see a movie the entirety of which features a shady team of adventurers who descend into a dungeon for no other reason than to loot its riches.

That said, the journey through Balin's Tomb in Fellowship of the Ring was pretty cool. I'd settle for more of that too.
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There will never be a good D&D movie, unless its about progressively getting more badass. 9 movies levelling up the core cast 1-3 levels per film could work. A single movie can never do the property justice. It will invariably lean on fast-food high-fantasy quicksand cliches that'll leave it bleeding out at -1 hitpoints at the boxoffice.

Film #1's "Dungeons & Dragons, Level 1"
#2's "Dungeons & Dragons, Level 3"
Dungeons & Dragons, Level 5

etc... there's no point at levelling after level 18, last time I played. The dragon's dead by then.

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