Actor Joe Manganiello recently sat down on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (while promoting The Smurfs: The Lost Village) and revealed that he has written a script for a Dungeons & Dragons movie. He wrote the script with a friend from college, and it has even gotten the attention of Wizards of the Coast. Does this mean that a reboot of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise is on the horizon? This is what he had to say:
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 says that his story is a more human one, but with dragons, because why not:
Obviously, there’s a spectacle. There’s dragons breathing fire and lightning. But what makes a great superhero or fantasy movie is the human aspect. It’s got to be about something. We root for those characters in Game of Thrones. Fellowship of the Ring was about friendship, this undying love for your friends. That’s something everyone can identify with. When a movie is about something human and real emotionally people are going to want to see. Then you get some dragons breathing fire, and hey, I’m in.
There is already a new Dungeons & Dragons film in the works, but the chances of this being Manganiello’s script are slim. Whether we ever see anything more from this is uncertain, but it seems that everyone is on-board with trying to make a reboot a reality, all while turning it into a big franchise (as it should be).
There is no release date set for the new Dungeons & Dragons movie.
What would you like to see in the new Dungeons & Dragons film? What expectations do you have?
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