Escape to the Movies: Dungeons & Dragons

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A new D&D movie would probably do horribly. There are just too many factors to consider.

1. Campaign setting. It makes a big difference. Forgotten Realms is the most...um...pedestrian of settings but as others have pointed out many more exist. I'd prefer Eberron, for its newb status, or Ravenloft, for its lack of a core story.
2. Timeframe. I'm referring to the time within the setting. Each setting has its own history and each era has its heroes and villains. For example, a Dragonlance movie about the Age of Dreams would be vastly different than a movie about the Age of Despair or the Age of Mortals.
3. Characters. It would be so easy to just use characters that already exist but that runs the risk of pissing people off and some movies need a cult start before it really takes off at the box office. Drizzt is the most bankable character to the guy who has never read a FR book or played a campaign but Erevis Cale would probably make for a more interesting main character.
4. Budget. If you're going to make a D&D movie do it right. Plenty of bad movies get big budgets(I'm looking at you The Last Airbender) Also, its been proven that people will pay to remake something that has already been released in one form or another(i.e. Japanese horror remakes, Let The Right One In, Hulk, etc...).
5. Fan Service(the non-sexy kind). If you're going to make a serious D&D movie then fan service is a given. But I hate constant, overt fan service. I want to see the movie with some fellow D&D players and have each of us take away a different little moment that resonated with us as players. I do enjoy campy romps but I could just watch The Guild or Unforgetten Realms for that sort of thing. For free.

Vin Diesel is now even more awesome than before. I didn't think it was possible but it is.

Don't know if it matters, but I'm 18

MovieBob:

RTR:
I thought the acrobat was kinda cute. Is that wrong?

Well, they're all only supposed to be 15-16 years-old except for the little kid, so... kinda, yeah ;)

Don't know if it matters, but I?m 18

It would be awesome if someone could tell me what the movie referenced at 3:25 is, I've scene scenes somewhere and I reeeally want to watch it but I can't remember the name

I suggest you checkout, though either download or purchase; Gamers and Gamers 2 Dorkness Rising. Yes they aren't Hollywood movies, but to my friends and I they are the definitive D&D movies.

They need to do a movie about Drizzt Do'Urden, he exists in the D&D Universe and is essentially the most badass fantasy character in history.

GamesB2:
I thought Chronicles of Riddick was an awesome film.

I'm sorry but you're wrong. So very wrong.

So very very very very very very very very wrong.

Pitch Black was fun though.

In case you don't see the comment on TGO: You're an idiot, Bob.

I knew it had to be about Mazes and Monsters when I first saw it. I still remember reading Kibo's review of it years ago as he watched it over and over just to find things to make fun of in it.

Well, I suppose if you really wanted to get into the spirit of a dungeons and dragons adventure that combined a group of adventurers together, it would almost take a very particular cast to do it well. I mean, if you were going to do it right, you'd have to invoke some beloved semantics of geekdom... like getting James Earl Jones to play the antagonist, as we'll always be a bit thrilled by the 'Vader voice'. Maybe Sandahl Bergman to play an amazonian fighter... ooh ooh, and Arnold Schwarzenegger could play a barbarian named Conan.

Oh, wait.

how about we just stop making movies about videogames.

Except for hitman and splintercell
hitman was nuttier than squirrel shit
and splinter cell, if they get the right person to play sam fisher will be epic no matter what they make him do.

finally he's talking about something he under stands

Im pretty sure i saw some very good D&D movies... hmmmm.... it eludes me.... AH!! it was called Lord of something, it had to do whit a ring, it has wizards, dwarves, elves, princesses, orcs, an evil lord, yep quite good D&D movies.

(and YES i was being ironic, and I KNOW the books of LOTR came out before the D&D game)

In addition to Slayers, another classic anime that's related to D&D is Record of Lodoss War.

You know if you like old school RPGs but hate the math, you should look into Savage Worlds. I've Game Mastered for nearly three decades now, and have run numerous systems. I've never seen an RPG which packs more bang for the buck. It's flexible, simple and the basic rule book (which is all you need to run a game) costs $10.00. Best of all, if you have a good GM it a very math-light system.

TitenSxull:
They need to do a movie about Drizzt Do'Urden, he exists in the D&D Universe and is essentially the most badass fantasy character in history.

Dhamon Grimwulf, Elminster, The Simbul(and the rest of the Seven Sisters!), Raistlin Majere, Wulfgar, Mina, and Erevis Cale would like a word with you. Those are just from Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms. Eberron undoubtedly has many more amazing heroes and villains. Drizzt is only as famous as he is because he's a Drow. Otherwise he's a Gary Stu with scimitars and rather dull. The Hunter's Blade series opened my eyes to how utterly fail Drizzt really is.

It is not that Bob is wrong. At least this time around. I agree with him and believe me, I would much rather see a movie about D&D than Warcraft. But I have been playing Minis for about 4 years (fuck you, 4th edition) and I have to tell you, there are soooooooooooooooooooo many storylines to follow. There's the Ravenloft setting, Forgotten Realms, the normal setting with the Mountains of Celestia and the Nine Hells, Mechanus, Demonweb Pits, the Astral Plane, the world of Faerun during Spellplague and the Time Of Troubles....

And along with them, there are sooooooooooooooooooooo many characters to follow. Besides the obvious ones already mentioned, like Drizzt, there is Van Richten, Vlaakith the XVIII, Raistlin Majere, General Bel, the liberation of Drows from the clutches of the Mind Flayers, the Seven Sisters, Mordekainen the mage, Mystra and Syric...

You cannot please everyone. I would prefer if it was a story of its own and then we had new minis based on them or something.

Okay, I know there's probably someone out there that's said it before, but seriously, three words: Sigil film noir. You know it would work, you know it could happen, and best of all, they kept it in every edition, so it still exists in the new D&D. So I'll say it again. Sigil film noir. Big city, corrupt rulership, insane people...there's your D&D movie. And the best part is, if handled right, it could have crossover appeal in that people don't need to know much about the setting to enjoy the film. So there's the D&D movie for you.

All of the things you mentioned that will b made before this atleast had some plot to follow. The only D&D thing i could see hollywood latching onto would be something like Drizt or another forgotten realms book. which hey it could work.

Math in DnD too hard? Really? *facepalm*

Behind my (dusty) Dungeon Master's screen I can say Dungeons and Dragons has a lot less to do with mathematical equations than with accounting. Still my favorite part of it was the worldbuilding. To me DnD is siting by a campfire telling stories taken to the next level.

I say we don't need a DnD movie, at best we could do with a movie set in one of the more popular settings like Forgotten Realms but still... the biggest problem is that pen and paper roleplaying is still pretty much as fringe as it was before videogames went mainstream. So yeah, want it or not, a WoW movie is a lot more likely than a DnD movie.

Im a Big DnD guy. Ive played alot, and ive DM'ed alot. The newer versions of the system are not as math heavy as the orginal version of the game. I prefer 3.5 myself.
Anyway, Wrath of the Dragon God, the one made for SyFi, was actualy a decent film (and a perfect DnD adaptation when compared to the movie that was actualy in theaters)

They actualy based characters in the 'Dragon God,' off of images of characters from some of the books. Anyone who's played DnD arround the time of that movie, could actualy tell what classes the characters were also.
You should actualy watch it, its a good adaptation of DnD.

from where was the picture at 3:25 taken again?

A WoW movie happening before a DnD movie being "wrong"?
Oh, Bob, you troll, you.

pyro42:
wait how is that a deffence of a Riddick sequel, don't get me wrong i love the Riddick movies but i would like to know how the exsistace of the Last Airbender Movie is an agrument for anthere Riddick movie.

My attempt at a bit of a sideswipe via humor. What I was referring to was Bob's defensive and almost apologetic review of an absolutely horrific piece of stinking cinema DOA off the chopping block (Airbender) and then calling out ol' Riddick later on. I was merely being sarcastic, through in all honesty I could never in a gazillion years fathom how anyone could blast CoR while defending an unmitigated stinker such as TLA.

Yeah, we'll probably see a World of Warcraft movie before we'll see a decent D&D movie, but here's the catch: Will we see a good WoW movie before we see a decent D&D movie? Given the track record for adaptations of video games to movies (which is what, maybe 1% actually being decent and none of them are from the RPG genre), I hold all doubts.

As far as I can see, there is one glaringly obvious problem with a D&D movie: D&D doesn't have a story. The books are really just a set of rules for how to come up with a story of your own. Really, the only ways I can think of to make a D&D movie, or at least a goodish one, would be to either just make up a fantasy story and sort of say "This is D&D. We promise!" or to make it more about D&D in the way that The Social Network was about Facebook than the way that Halo novels (I hope there's never ever ever going to be a movie made about those, and if there already is one, I'm going to pretend there isn't) are about Halo.

Anyway, the thing about D&D is that it doesn't have one specific story. Yes, it has a whole fleshed-out mythology, but it's really meant to be more of a jumping-off point for a Dungeon Master to write his own story. Theoretically, you could use the d20 system, but not use any races, classes, skills, feats, spells, etc. that Wizards of the Coast provides. It's really more of a way of telling a story than a story. To be honest, it would actually make sense to see a WoW movie before a D&D movie, because WoW actually has a specific, singular plot (or so I've been assured by people who play a lot more than me).

So anyway, yeah, thanks for reading this far. As a special treat for you for not getting bored by my odd internal monologue that somehow made it through my fingers to the internet via a keyboard, I say Obey the Wombat Overlords. [angry yet non-threatening fist-shake]OBEY![/angry yet non-threatening fist-shake] Ohandbythewaythiswebsiteisawesomeyaykthxbai.

I know this thread is old, but I have fund something you might like. A good D&D movie has already been made, just not very well-know. Its a independent movie called the Gamers, and its sequel (which is now my 3rd favorite movie, almost beating Lord of the Rings Return of the King) The Gamers 2: The Dorkness Rising. In my opinion, this two films are what your looking for. Both are about a group of players playing D&D while they also act out all the scenes. You can find both in full on YouTube, but I have seen the dvds, but for the life of me, I cannot get ahold of.

Oh wow, I remember D&D! My mother used to play it all the time, sometimes we got to play too, though I never really understood it. Loved the idea that you could create characters and fight monsters, and the guy with all the rules, who tells you what to do, had all these secret things he kept hidden behind a board, dunno what he had, charts and maps maybe? Hell, D&D might be nerdy but at least your interacting with real people...

Hey, check it out, the Nostalgia Critic actually did a review on the 2000 New Line Cinema Dungeons & Dragons movie... And he likes it! Like, it's so spectacularly bad, that he loves it!

http://nostalgiacritic.blip.tv/file/4711164/

First holy schyznik on Vin Diesel being a D&D player and second, I'm still trying to learn how to play D&D myself because I'm a nerd to the nerdeth degree. Also, good video Moviebob.

What did Sandy Collora have to do with this movie?

SurrealSadi:
A new D&D movie would probably do horribly. There are just too many factors to consider.

1. Campaign setting. It makes a big difference. Forgotten Realms is the most...um...pedestrian of settings but as others have pointed out many more exist. I'd prefer Eberron, for its newb status, or Ravenloft, for its lack of a core story.
2. Timeframe. I'm referring to the time within the setting. Each setting has its own history and each era has its heroes and villains. For example, a Dragonlance movie about the Age of Dreams would be vastly different than a movie about the Age of Despair or the Age of Mortals.
3. Characters. It would be so easy to just use characters that already exist but that runs the risk of pissing people off and some movies need a cult start before it really takes off at the box office. Drizzt is the most bankable character to the guy who has never read a FR book or played a campaign but Erevis Cale would probably make for a more interesting main character.
4. Budget. If you're going to make a D&D movie do it right. Plenty of bad movies get big budgets(I'm looking at you The Last Airbender) Also, its been proven that people will pay to remake something that has already been released in one form or another(i.e. Japanese horror remakes, Let The Right One In, Hulk, etc...).
5. Fan Service(the non-sexy kind). If you're going to make a serious D&D movie then fan service is a given. But I hate constant, overt fan service. I want to see the movie with some fellow D&D players and have each of us take away a different little moment that resonated with us as players. I do enjoy campy romps but I could just watch The Guild or Unforgetten Realms for that sort of thing. For free.

This may sound off-topic - and/or braindead obvious -, but would it be a reasonable assumption to say that MovieBob's review and this assessment applies for making movies based on tabletop RPG's in general? [e.g. the World of Darkness games]

Reason why this movie concept will never work from the point of view of a DnD player. First, the unfamiliar masses will never care about this franchise save for the few like you who are curious, but not involved. Second, nothing Hollywood can produce will come close to as entertaining as any game we have around the table. This is not about spectacle, this is about immersion and imagination.

I understand that Gygax's influence on the genre makes DnD a big deal for games, but I honestly just don't see a movie coming out of it. The major issue is teh lack of a coherent storyline - DnD seems to me more of a game style than movie material.

You say a WoW movie coming out first would be just wrong, but while I'm not a fan of WoW, surely it's kind of the same thing? It's a DnD-inspired world with specific (and translateable) stories take place.

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