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Old May 9 2013, 05:36 AM   #16
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

They're not really rebooting it, are they? They're just thinking of using the D&D brand for a different movie. There's not much to D&D anyway, it's just vanilla fantasy.
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Old May 9 2013, 05:55 AM   #17
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They're not really rebooting it, are they? They're just thinking of using the D&D brand for a different movie. There's not much to D&D anyway, it's just vanilla fantasy.
Everybody uses the "reboot" term incorrectly these days. It's just taking the name and putting it on a new movie.
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Old May 9 2013, 09:46 AM   #18
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

Well, unless they use the 80s cartoon as a basis and really do try to go for the Harry Potter family-friendly crowds.
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Old May 9 2013, 09:58 AM   #19
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

Fuck the tired, straight up fantasy angle. The only way for this to be a critical and commercial success is with genuine subterfuge on the part of the actual D&D world.

I envision it as a group of D&D nerds, back in the 70s when it was a brand new thing, fighting monsters in the family rec room. The style would change to CG for the fight scenes. But the dudes fighting would be be these pimply, bespectacled teenagers who are completely kicking ass, etc. in their game. All the school girls they have crushes on would be maidens to save in their game.

It would be perfect for Wes Anderson. I think it would be hilarious and awesome.
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Old May 9 2013, 10:06 AM   #20
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This is what they need to do.
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Old May 9 2013, 04:08 PM   #21
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The pantheon of races and monsters in D&D makes for a great setting for stories. That's how you had worlds like Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms and novels based on this stuff. Or planar travel and spelljammers. So much material. There's no reason you can't have good movies placed in these worlds.
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Old May 9 2013, 04:30 PM   #22
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Dragonlance please?
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Old May 9 2013, 06:39 PM   #23
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

They already made a Dragonlance movie. Sort of.
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Old May 9 2013, 10:55 PM   #24
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

They could take this direction for a D&D movie.
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Old May 9 2013, 11:40 PM   #25
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I wasn't aware there was anything to reboot in the first place.

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It looks like Harry Potter, and they want to keep that audience buying stuff from Warners.
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It should look like Lord of the Rings and try to keep that audience buying stuff.
Both HP and LOTR (you may disagree on the first or second) actually have a story considered compelling by the general audience. I wasn't aware Dungeons and Dragons had that. I thought it was mostly guidebooks.
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Old May 9 2013, 11:50 PM   #26
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

Nah, they need to redo this:



Except, you know, half the kids would die. And it would not be as pedantic as "Timeline". :P

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Old May 10 2013, 12:02 AM   #27
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Hound of UIster wrote: View Post
Both HP and LOTR (you may disagree on the first or second) actually have a story considered compelling by the general audience. I wasn't aware Dungeons and Dragons had that. I thought it was mostly guidebooks.
There are a ton of D&D novels, including some by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman that are particularly popular and well-regarded, although whether they're used as source material remains to be seen.

Edited to add: There's a legal battle brewing over the D&D film rights between WB and Universal/Hasbro. You can read the story here.
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Old May 10 2013, 10:50 AM   #28
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Re: Warners to reboot "Dungeons & Dragons" movie

My first thought was this was natural competition for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie. It'll be interesting to see how that turns out - and tying it to LOTR and Harry Potter is a bit more relevant the nine billion superhero movies that sprout every time I turn my back.

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They're just thinking of using the D&D brand for a different movie. There's not much to D&D anyway, it's just vanilla fantasy.
D&D's license covers dozens of different settings, including pretty much any major variety of fantasy one would care to name.

Their most popular setting - Forgotten Realms - is defined as the most vanilla, though, and is the most likely locale for a film.
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Old May 10 2013, 11:15 AM   #29
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D&D's license covers dozens of different settings, including pretty much any major variety of fantasy one would care to name.

Their most popular setting - Forgotten Realms - is defined as the most vanilla, though, and is the most likely locale for a film.
I've been DMing D&D for more than 25 years so I'm aware of the minutia involved. I'm working under the assumption that a D&D movie, just like the terrible one with Jeremy Irons, would just be a D&D movie, and not a Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, Eberron movie or what have you. And the generic D&D setting, what 4e called "points of light" is as vanilla as it gets.
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Old May 10 2013, 02:21 PM   #30
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Dragonlance would get my vote for sure I grew up on those novels and have always had a soft sport for the war of the lance story line. Heck, imo the dwarven nations or evlen nations triolgys would be good movies too, but that opinion is probably not wide spread.
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