So I have this idea for a Dungeons and Dragons movie.

What you do is you basically film two movies and edit them together into one movie.

The first movie is your typical fantasy movie.  A-list actors, CGI set-pieces, lots of action with the occasional bit of comedy, the works.

The second movie, however, is more of an indie film starring a bunch of undiscovered actors who are all playing Dungeons and Dragons one evening.

I think you get the gimmick - the indie segment is “real life” while the fantasy segment is the game they’re playing the way they imagine it, with frequent cuts between the two.  As you can guess, this opens the door to a LOT of meta commentary and humor.  Like, a real-life disagreement between two players would bleed into the fantasy and their characters would nearly kill each other.  Stuff like that.

If the director were a particularly cheeky asshole, he wouldn’t even tell the actors they were in the same movie at first.  He would film the two “universes” separately, the A-list actors and the Indie unknowns not knowing about each other until shooting was done.  That way, the performances of both groups would be totally sincere.

I dunno, just a random idea I had and I think it would be really cool if someone did something like this someday.

The Mummy and its sequel are the best Dungeons and Dragons movies ever made.

I mean, really.

You have your no holds barred barbarian, raging included:

Your PC link to all plot exposition via bardic knowledge, with language comprehension on their spell list:

The punchy-yet-lovable thieving rogue:

The hard-to-kill NPC that requires a set of rare, dangerous artifacts to reassemble:

The memorable NPC’s with funny accents: 

The exotic, yet dangerous locations that required days of hard travel to reach:

… and for extra measure, the Wall of Sand spell:


The Mortal Instruments - City Of Bones

Vin Diesel Says He'll Be in a Dungeons & Dragons Movie Only if It's "Very Sacred"
During a press junket, noted Dungeons & Dragons fan Vin Diesel said he wouldn't appear in any film adaptation that was less than amazing.

A new Dungeons & Dragons movie is coming; we, the players, just have to live with that.  One fan in particular, however, may be able to ensure the upcoming reboot is not embarrassingly terrible.

Vin Diesel has been outspoken for years about his love for the pen & paper role-playing game.  He is a great, unofficial mascot for the player base – he is at once proud of his gaming history, and confronts the image people have about our hobby.  As big action star with a love for the source material, he’s a natural pick for the D&D cast.

But it’s his love for the game that might keep him away from such a project, if it doesn’t do our world justice.

Speaking with Cinema Blend while promoting upcoming The Last Witch Hunter, Diesel had this to say:

“For me to do something like that, it would have to be so – I would be – they have to think really carefully, because it would have to be amazing."  He also added, rather generously, "And the previous attempts of any kind of cinematic D&D film have failed and just haven’t been done right.”

Apparently, while just hanging out with Frank Miller, the comic artist told him the father of D&D wanted Vin in a film adaptation.  “Gary Gygax, before he passed away, said that he wanted me to tell his story.”

“So whatever it would be in the world of D&D, it would have to be very sacred. And that’s how you get me.”

Gygax had been hoping to get a movie off the ground since long before 2000’s Jeremy Irons-starring flop.  Maybe, in Diesel, he saw a chance to do things right.

Is Vin setting himself up to be our canary in the coalmine, where the fans can tell if the movie’s bad by his lack of presence?  Or is this some kind of Machiavellian grab – he has to be in, or else the film loses credibility…

Either way, color me impressed.

Thanks to @northstarfan for pointing this out to me!

Wait: when did Frank Miller hang out with Gary Gygax, and how did he hear his dying words?

The Year is 2015

D&D has never been more popular than it is now.  Star Wars is about to release its seventh installment.  Harry Potter was the one of the biggest film and book series of all time.  Tolkien’s work is undergoing a massive revival over 40 years after he died, mainly due to the incredible success of The Hobbit film trilogy.  Game of Thrones is the most watched show on TV.  World of Warcraft is being turned into a movie.

Nerddom is at an all time high.



Oh Jeremy Irons, you multifaceted enigma. Sometimes you’re a critically acclaimed Shakespearean actor. Other times you do weird interviews where you imply that marrying your son for tax purposes is the same as legalising gay marriage. And every couple of years, you don some kind of luxious, shimmering robe for yet another role as Classic B-Movie Supervillain.

In 2000, that movie was Dungeons & Dragons. But surely a relatively high-profile idea like a D&D adaptation couldn’t possibly be as grody and cheap-looking as it seemed from the trailer… right? – I watched the Dungeons & Dragons movie, so you don’t have to.

So here’s my idea for a D&D movie.

Have the movie itself be like any other standard fantasy movie.  Swords, magic, monsters, fantastical environments, quests, et cetera.

But for the “Director’s Commentary,” have that be like the game session.  Get all the actors to come like they’re players narrating their character’s actions, and the Director as the GM.  Sounds of dice rolling and snacks being nom’d on, OOC discussions by players whose characters aren’t on screen, excited cheers when a character does something amazing (”natural 20!”), lamentations when a character fails (”a 1?  NOOOO!”).  Could even reveal background info for certain characters/events, leading viewers to see the movie in a new light.  (”Why does he fear cats?”  Later, “… oh… oh, that’s why he fears cats.”)


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