Round Table 83 – The D&D Movie
A new episode of my podcast, The Round Table, is up on The Tome Show’s website.
I sit down with James Haeck, Topher Kohan, and John Fischer to talk about the recently announced Dungeons and Dragons movie. This podcast was recorded on August 18, 2015.
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September 1, 2015 @ 10:39 am
No mention of “Wrath of the Dragon God?” Of all the “mainstream” D&D movies, that’s the most D&D. There’s a clear wizard, a cleric of Obad-Hai, a paladin, and so on. There’s a magmin! There’s a party of four, including a barbarian/ rogue. It looked like four people playing a couple of sessions, and it wasn’t as bad as the 2000 movie, but it just wasn’t interesting. I think a D&D movie only works if it’s not just a fantasy movie: it’s got to be a heist, or something. In fact, a D&D movie that was set up like a heist movie, a la “Ocean’s 11” or “Ant Man” would be excellent. I’d prefer that to another horror-influenced take on it (“Knights of Badassdom” has already tread that ground, and should be a cautionary tale).
I don’t think that’s what we’ll get. I think we’ll get a bog-standard, middling fantasy movie with a bunch of names patched on. If David Leslie Johnson had ever written a good movie, I’d be more hopeful.
As for directors, Whedon is out (Marvel soured him on other peoples’ properties for a while), but I’d want someone who could handle a larger cast. Bryan Singer has a spotty track record, but “Usual Suspects” was awesome. I’d go for Guy Ritchie, though: “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” show that he can balance the cast and he’s been working on licensed properties lately.
September 3, 2015 @ 8:16 am
Hahahaha. If Wrath of the Dragon God is the best we have then we are truly in trouble (and you’re right, it IS the best so far).
I’d love to see a heist D&D movie. I think they could go horror. There’s plenty of great scary movies out there and plenty of bad ones too.
Nice choices for directors. I’m excited to see who we get!
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