A second attempt at a film franchise based on the beloved role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” is in the works following a forgettable film in 2000 which tried to be “The Lord of the Rings” in style (before that trilogy arrived) albeit on a budget.
The new film’s producer Roy Lee, speaking at DICE 2016, tells Collider that the new ensemble cast take on the film will owe its style more to Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and be far less a straightforward and serious fantasy than many might expect:
“This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.”
David Leslie Johnson (“Orphan”) penned the script and Lee says he thinks the project “will really be moving forward quickly” with the green light likely to take place this year. He also believes the studio sees the property as a “multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs”.