Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Another D&D movie. Will it be as good as the last one?

(Here's where I learned about it, on The Nerdist.)

It seems someone decided the Dungeons & Dragons brand wasn't degraded enough by that movie in 2000 (that somehow starred Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch), or the one after that (that I saw on the Sci-Fi Network among its peers in quality), so they've sold Warner Brothers the rights to make a new D&D movie. Maybe they're timing it to remind you exactly what you're going to get with D&D Next?

The Screenwriter: David Leslie Johnson, whose name is on Wrath of the Titans, which Leonard Maltin described as "a film that uses CGI as a substitute for good writing," and Red Riding Hood which is an adaptation of Red Riding Hood, so who gives a shit? But Melissa Silverstein had this to say:  The film reminded me a lot of Twilight except that there were no sparkling vampires. So, that's everything you need to know.

The Producers: Courtney Solomon who directed the 2000 Dungeons & Dragons picture and--WAIT A MINUTE--Roy Lee, who was a co-producer of How To Train Your Dragon, which is one of my favorite movies ever. I honestly enjoyed it more than Star Wars. So, there's ample reason for you to ignore anything I saw about movies. (Lee is also a producer of a bunch of  horror movies I know nothing about.)

I'm sort of interested in Roy Lee, but other than that this whole project reminds why I don't want anything new from "Dungeons & Dragons"  and why I'm not at all interested in D&D Next.  Dndclassics is lovely and brilliant, however.

I'm still going to go to the movie, though. If you're like me, we're all doomed.


New Big Dragon said...

If they're smart (and I've thought this for a long time), the only way a D&D move can have any kind of big box office success is if the words "Dungeons & Dragons" don't appear in the title. For example, I think the general public would be more inclined to see a movie titled "Greyhawk" than "Dungeons & Dragons."

Alfons Holzli said...

You might want to try Dragon Crusaders [trailer]. The best Asylum film I’ve ever seen. I know that’s damning with faint praise, but seriously — I would watch this again. This looks like it's based on someone’s D&D campaign. Plus, this introduced me to Cecily Fay, a super badass martial artist and stuntwoman who plays the Halfling ranger. (They didn’t actually call her a Halfling ranger, but that’s what her character is.) Also, there’s a whole troop of scruffy knights Templar on Andalusian horses. Cheesy as hell but this movie had my number.

Anonymous said...

'The film reminded me a lot of Twilight except that there were no sparkling vampires.'

So, better than Twilight?

There was a third D&D movie.
Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness

Aaron Nuttall said...

SAROE, I didn't know about that third D&D movie, but there is one I did know about (I honestly think I bought it twice. It was before I quit drinking. . .) the DVD "game" Sourge of Worlds. Ugh.

Hey, I wonder if I still have it.

Aaron Nuttall said...

Meanwhile, here's what has to say:

I should mention the Dragonlance animated feature as well--there's just the one, right? Gee, I thought that was a huge sprawling series that could be adapted ad nauseum . . .