While the current slate of blockbuster movies seem to be all superheroes and sci-fi, Warner Bros. is looking to reboot one of the bastions of swords-and-sorcery stories. The studio is looking to develop a feature film franchise based on the long-running fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. “But wait,” you say, “didn’t someone already try that with the horrendous 2000 movie by the same name?” Why yes they did! Thirteen years is apparently enough of a cooling-off period to warrant another try. It looks like the picture is already fairly far along the road to development thanks to a reworking of an existing script. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that WB is keen on restarting the Dungeons & Dragons film franchise and will attempt to do it with a reworked script from screenwriter David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans). Johnson’s script for a movie titled Chainmail was based on an earlier version of the RPG from D&D developer Gary Gygax. The story is being beefed up in order to fit a larger world and make a fitting start to a hopeful franchise. Producing the picture will be Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) and Courtney Solomon, who produced the 2000 flop, Dungeons & Dragons. Allan Zeman – also of Dungeons & Dragons … seeing a pattern here? - will serve as executive producer. If at first you don’t succeed, repeat the exact same steps and hope for something different. There’s a definition of insanity in here somewhere…
According to the write-up, the studio is taking the script to filmmakers and is treating it as a big priority with the intention of introducing a whole new generation to D&D.