Dungeons & Dragons Movie Will Be Guardians Meets Lord of the Rings
Back in August, a two-year legal battle over the rights to Dungeons & Dragons finally came to a close, which resulted in Hasbro teaming up with Warner Bros. to move forward on a live-action remake. The report revealed that a script was already in place by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), with Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis teaming up with Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment to produce, alongside Roy Lee. Collider recently had the chance to speak with Roy Lee, who revealed that the Dungeons & Dragons will combine the tone of Guardians of the Galaxy with a fantasy world like The Lord of the Rings.
"This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before."
As of now, the project doesn't have a director or any cast members lined up, but an interesting rumor surfaced last year. Vin Diesel claimed that E. Gary Gygax, who co-created Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson, told a mutual friend that he wanted Vin Diesel to "tell his story." He wouldn't elaborate if that meant portraying E. Gary Gygax, who passed away in 2008, in a biopic, or if that meant he may star in this Dungeons & Dragons movie. Regardless, producer Roy Lee revealed that he thinks Warner Bros. will move forward quickly on the movie.
"I think it will really be moving forward quickly, and I don't anticipate it not getting greenlit this year, mostly because Warner Bros. has DC now, and LEGO, and the Harry Potter universe that's being cultivated as their franchises. I believe they see Dungeons & Dragons as something that could be cultivated as a multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs from the first movie being in Forgotten Realms and subsequent movies being in different worlds. Everyone who's involved with it now, especially the writer of the first draft is a fan from the very beginning starting with Chainmail, which turned into Dungeons & Dragons, so you'll see things that are very faithful to the source material as well as new elements are being incorporated with help from Wizards of the Coast, who are giving a lot of input on the script."
The producer also confirmed that the movie will take place entirely in the fantasy realm, instead of having people transported from our world to this universe. He also added that the Yawning Portal from the game will feature prominently and "it's going to be one of people's favorite set pieces," while confirming that the adaptation will be a large ensemble. What do you think about Dungeons & Dragons finally moving forward?