Dungeons & Dragons is one of the most popular tabletop role-playing games in the world and fans have been eagerly waiting for a film adaptation for years. However, the road to the big screen has been a long and winding one, full of legal battles, script rewrites and changes in production companies. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the history of the Dungeons & Dragons film and how it finally came to fruition.
The Early Days: Sweetpea Entertainment vs. Hasbro
In May 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment announced their plans to make a Dungeons & Dragons film, with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick writing the script. However, just two days later, Hasbro filed a lawsuit, claiming that they were co-producing a film at Universal Pictures with Chris Morgan writing and directing. The legal battle lasted for several years, until U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee urged the two sides to settle the case in August 2015.
Rob Letterman Joins the Fray
With the legal issues resolved, Rob Letterman was in negotiations to direct Johnson-McGoldrick’s script in March 2016 and his role was confirmed in May of that year. However, the film continued to face setbacks and in April 2017, actor Joe Manganiello revealed that he had written a script for the project with John Cassel.
The Film Changes Hands: From Hasbro to Paramount Pictures
In December 2017, Hasbro moved the film to Paramount Pictures and set a release date for July 23, 2021. Paramount was in talks with Chris McKay and Michael Gilio to direct and write the film, respectively, in February 2018. By March 2019, Gilio had completed a first draft of the script and the casting process began.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley Take Over
In July 2019, Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley were in talks to direct the film. According to reports, the pair got involved after Daley mentioned to a literary agent at a sports bar that he and Goldstein had left directing duties on The Flash. The agent asked if they were looking for work and tipped off Paramount, who presented them with the script for Dungeons & Dragons.
The Final Product: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
After years of setbacks and changes, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is finally set for release on March 31, 2023. Directed by Goldstein and Daley, the film stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page and other talented actors. With a script by Goldstein, Daley and Gilio and music by Lorne Balfe, the film promises to bring the beloved world of Dungeons & Dragons to life in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.
The Long and Winding Road:Conclusion
The road to the Dungeons & Dragons film has been a long and winding one, but with a talented cast and crew in place, fans are eagerly anticipating its release. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the game or a newcomer to the world of Dungeons & Dragons, there’s something for everyone in this exciting new film.