Dungeons and Dragons big budget reboot to begin production soon?

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e45a3a5d-c3bf-491e-83a4-749372e4be56Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the Dungeon & Dragons film rights in 2013 and currently has a finished script draft that was put together by David Leslie Johnson: the Orphan and Wrath of the Titans screenwriter who co-penned the studio’s forthcoming The Conjuring 2 and is actively working on WB/DC’s Aquaman screenplay too.  Lee also compared the planned Dungeons & Dragons movie to a more recent box office hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, while at the same time explaining how that approach will differentiate the project from similar fantasy genre fare like Lord of the Rings, during his interview with Collider at DICE 2016:

“This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.” “Everyone who’s involved with it now, especially the writer of the first draft is a fan from the very beginning starting with Chainmail, which turned into Dungeons & Dragons, so you’ll see things that are very faithful to the source material as well as new elements are being incorporated with help from Wizards of the Coast, who are giving a lot of input on the script.”dungeons-dragons-movie-shared-universe
“I think it will really be moving forward quickly, and I don’t anticipate it not getting greenlit this year, mostly because Warner Bros. has DC now, and LEGO, and the Harry Potter universe that’s being cultivated as their franchises. I believe they see Dungeons & Dragons as something that could be cultivated as a multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs from the first movie being in Forgotten Realms and subsequent movies being in different worlds.”

Source: Collider