The New Dungeons & Dragons Movie Has a Director

Last Summer, when Warner Bros. got the rights to make a new Dungeons & Dragons movie, it seemed like a pipe dream. But now a director has been hired and a trip to the Forgotten Realms is closer than ever.

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Variety reports that Rob Letterman, who recently helmed Goosebumps, has an offer to direct the film from Warner Bros. He was among a group of directors vying for the project but a recent presentation sealed the deal for him.

When news of the film originally broke, it stated that it would be set in the Forgotten Realms, where many of the most popular D&D characters reside. And while we don’t know if that character or others will be in the film, we do know the script was written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2, Orphan, Wrath of the Titans).

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If Letterman is now on board, it seems like Dungeons & Dragons be could hitting theaters as early as 2018, though that’s speculative.

[Variety]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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I dunno how true this is for anyone else, but one of the problems with the idea of a D&D film, for me, is that D&D is inherently silly.

It’s a universe where things just happen. Where one of the major monsters is a floating tentacled eyeball that is convinced itself of its own superiority because the creators saw the Daleks once and decided to make a fantasy version of that. It’s a world where one of the legitmate threats facing miners is a cube of sentient stomach acid that relies entirely on a predatory strategy of you not noticing it until you walk into it. It’s silly. And that’s what makes it so fun! Sure plenty of D&D sessions have serious moments, but let’s be honest, a lot of the fun to be had goes from when you go to make a heroic strike and roll a 1 and fail miserably at it. When you’re faced with a true test of evil and you respond with the dumbest strategy ever conceived. When the heroes move to claim the ancient treasure that might save the very world and the chest grows limbs and tries to eat you. A serious D&D film feels tonally off, and an attempt at a silly one ends up with... a Wayans brother in D&D. D&D is an experience that really should live and die at a table, Drizz’t Do’Urden novels aside.