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.

5 comments:

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17X2S3iOF1M]. 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.

SAROE 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 Tor.com has to say: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/dungeons-and-dragons-movie

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 . . .