Variety is reporting that the popular role-playing fantasy game, Dungeons and Dragons is finally coming to the big screen. After a lengthy dispute over the rights to the D&D brand, Warner Bros. will be teaming up with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment to distribute a live-action adaptation of the beloved game.
Though it first became popular back in 1974 (41 years ago!) as a board game, “Dungeons and Dragons” continues to be played by millions of loyal fans worldwide, either on tabletops, video game consoles, or mobile devices. The basic gist of the game finds you taking control of a medieval hero, as they go on a quest for treasure, battling deadly foes that stand in their way. The ‘D&D’ universe has significantly expanded over the years, however, giving its legion of fans further opportunities to explore the game’s epic scale.
Stephen Davis, Executive Vice President of Hasbro Inc., enthusiastically states that “this is such an enormous opportunity to bring the rich fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms (one of the game’s most popular settings) to life and, together with the creative powerhouse of Warner Bros., use movies to tell the stories that have enchanted passionate D&D fans for decades.”
While the adaptation hasn’t found its director yet, a script by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring, Wrath of the Titans) has already been written. The aforementioned Davis will be producing the film alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner, with Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, and Roy Lee (How To Train Your Dragon, The LEGO Movie) also sharing producing duties. A release date for the movie is currently uncertain.