Manganiello Develops “Dungeons & Dragons”

It looks like Vin Diesel isn’t the only closet D&D nerd. Actor Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike,” “True Blood”) has revealed that he’s involved in getting a film adaptation of long-running role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” off the ground.

Manganiello appeared on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and revealed that last year he and a playwright came up with an approach to turning the franchise into a whole transmedia franchise and met with several about it:

“Last year with a playwright I went to Carnegie Mellon with, I actually made a draft of a film, and now we’re talking to all the right parties. I had a two-day creative summit with the Wizards of the Coast…we had like a two-day summit about where the movie could go or TV series, products, synergy, the whole deal.”

Manganiello also spoke about his aims with the film and how he wants it to be more than just spectacle:

“Obviously there’s a spectacle. There’s dragons, breathing fire and lightning. That’s the biggest draw in Game of Thrones…[but] what makes a great fantasy or superhero movie is the human aspect. It’s gotta be about something. We root for those characters in Game of Thrones. Fellowship of the Ring was about friendship and this undying love for your friends and doing anything for your friends, and I think that’s something people can identify with…So I think when a movie is about something human and real emotionally, people are wanna go see it. And then if you get some dragons and breathing fire, I mean, hey, I’m in.”

This is separate to a different “Dungeons & Dragons” movie which was in development last year with “Goosebumps” director Rob Letterman helming and Ansel Elgort starring. At last report that’s still the official one on the way.

Manganiello also spoke about how close he came to playing Superman on “Man of Steel,” meeting with director Zack Snyder along with Legendary chiefs Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull for 90 minutes to discuss the possibility of him starring before ultimately losing the opportunity. He also says it took him a while before he could watch “Man of Steel”.