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It was about 15 years ago that Hollywood first tried to turn the famed role playing game Dungeons and Dragons into a movie. That attempt wound up being a total failure, but evidently that's not stopping the industry from once again going down that path. A story from The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment have negotiated a deal that will soon see the development of a brand new Dungeons and Dragons movie that will be produced by The Lego Movie's Roy Lee. While it seems that the project is still very much in the early days. a script is already being written by screenwriters David Leslie Johnson (Red Riding Hood, Wrath of the Titans), and there is a plan in place to set the movie in the game's campaign setting known as Forgotten Realms. This isn't the first time in the last few years that »
After a very long and tiresome legal battle, Dungeons & Dragons is finally moving forward! Warner Bros. Pictures, Hasbro's Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment are teaming on a feature film franchise based on Dungeons & Dragons, the world's most popular role playing game. Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, and Roy Lee are attached as producers. Highlighting the priority being given to the project, Warner Bros. Pictures already has a script, written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2, Wrath of the Titans). Said Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
"We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers »
There was good news for Warner Bros. today. It has finished its homework and can now play Dungeons & Dragons! Well, that’s sort of what happened. In reality, the studio has worked out a deal with rights holders Hasbro and producer Courtney Soloman’s Sweetpea Entertainment to partner on a new film based on the long-running game world.And if ever there was a subject actually crying out for a new cinematic adaptation, it was Dungeons & Dragons, which suffered through Soloman’s less-than-magical effort back in 2000 with two straight-to-SyFy Channel sequels after that.A few years ago, Warners decided to go ahead and try to conjure up its own take, working with Wrath Of The Titans/Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson’s script Chainmail – itself based on a more obscure game crafted by Dungeons designer Gary Gygax – and having him re-work it to focus on the ideas from »
Though a legal battle threatened to derail the project entirely back in 2013, Warner Bros. has today announced that its live-action Dungeons and Dragons adaptation is back on the table.
News comes after the company settled a dispute with toy manufacturer Hasbro, who then claimed that WB didn’t have the licensing rights to create a feature film. Now that the dust has settled, both parties have confirmed that the project is indeed moving forward. Perhaps spurred by the mounting interest in Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, Warner will be hoping to mine the rich resource that Dungeons and Dragons has to offer, which is widely considered to be one of – if not the – founding fathers of the modern fantasy genre.
In a press release, Greg Silverman, President Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner, spoke with excitement about the nascent project.
“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons »
- Michael Briers
The long-delayed Dungeons & Dragons movie reboot is finally moving ahead now that rights issues have been resolved.
An announcement of a new film based on the role-playing game coincides with Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro resolving their dispute over sequel rights.
Warner Bros executive Greg Silverman said today (August 3): "We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen.
"This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings.
"D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."
Nerds, geeks, gamers – this your day to rejoice. D&D is coming to the big screen!
“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen,” said Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. “This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. »
- Michelle McCue
A feature film based on the fantasy role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” is in the works at Warner Bros., and the studio said Monday it will have it in theaters as quickly as possible. WB is teaming with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment on the project. The film production company and the toy giant have resolved their legal battle over who owned the rights, and Warner Bros. has fast-tracked the production. It already has script, written by David Leslie Johnson (“The Conjuring 2,” “Wrath of the Titans”), but there is no director or cast, and a shooting date has yet. »
- Todd Cunningham
Almost a year after final arguments in a protracted lawsuit over the rights to the franchise, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that everything is resolved and they are proceeding with the making of a new "Dungeons and Dragons" movie.
In a statement, WB Pictures Creative Development and Worldwide Production boss Greg Silverman says: "We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."
Though no director is yet attached, David Leslie Johnson ("The Conjuring 2," "Wrath of the Titans") has written a script while Roy Lee, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Nearly a year after a six-day trial was held on the past and future of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment have worked out a deal that will usher in a new film and avoid a judge's intervention. The upcoming Warner Bros motion picture will be based on a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) and produced by Roy Lee (The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon) with the involvement of Hasbro chief executive Brian Goldner and chief content officer Stephen Davis. It will take place in the popular D&D
- Eriq Gardner
We've been hearing about some kind of adaptation of Terry Brooks' best selling post-apocalyptic/fantasy series for many, many years now. Last year we hear that MTV were finally bringing us The Shannara Chronicles, a new scripted 10-part series, coming to MTV in January 2016.
Obviously the ambitious project gained a lot of heat from the success of HBO's Game of Thrones and here we have the first teaser trailer which is full of evocative images.
Series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of the Four Lands.
This preview originally debuted inside "The Shan [Continued ...] »
Set to premiere in January, the series follows three elves attempting to keep demons at bay after an enchanted tree that protects the land begins to die.
- Garth Franklin
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film has tapped Jai Courtney to star opposite Lily James (Cinderella, Wrath Of The Titans) in The Kaiser’S Last Kiss which will be directed by David Leveaux. The film will also star Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station, Remember) as the Kaiser.
The Kaiser’S Last Kiss takes place around the 1940 invasion of Holland which brings the Nazis face to face with their former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm (Christopher Plummer) – exiled to the Netherlands since 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the Dutch resistance work covertly with Winston Churchill in inserting an agent into the Kaiser’s household. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer (Courtney) and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen. As the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent, »
- Michelle McCue
So, Point Break has been remade. We all thought that it might just be a bad dream, but it looks like thry’ve actually gone and done it. The star-power is somewhat limited in this remake of the classic Patrick Swayze/ Keanu Reeves original (which was released in the summer of 1991), with former Home and Away actor Luke Bracey playing the role of undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah (originally played by Reeves) and Édgar Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath Of The Titans) playing renegade extreme sports athlete Bodhi (originally played by the late, great Patrick Swayze). These are two potential star-making turns for the undoubtably talented actors. Oh, and for some serious character acting support, the likes of Ray Winstone (Noah), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Delroy Lindo (Ransom) are in the film too.
The original movie largely revolved around surfing and skydiving, but this new version adds to that »
- Paul Heath
It is not clear yet what this new storyline for kid adventurer Jonny Quest's big screen adventure will be, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hanna-Barbera originally aired the animated series for a single season in 1964, but syndication kept the series popular in the ensuing decades.
The original series followed Jonny, his father Dr Benton Quest and a small crew on adventures around the world as they battled evildoers.
Jonny Quest was later revived in New Adventures »
The film biz is aflutter in Spain’s Canary Islands. Led by blockbuster “Spanish Affair,” movies made in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago last year punched an extraordinary 25.5% market share in Spain, their best since 1977. In November, Spain’s industry, diminished by crisis and uncertainty about future subsidies, received another ray of sunshine: its first-ever tax incentives for international shoots.
Spain’s big-shoot business is now on a roll. HBO’s fifth season of “Game of Thrones” was shot in Andalusia, with Seville’s Alcazar Palace doubling for the sunlit Water Gardens of Dorne. Warner Bros.’ “Wrath of the Titans,” Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” and Universal Pictures’ “Fast and Furious 6” were also lensed in the Canary Islands.
Qualifying as Spanish nationality movies, all of these films took advantage of the 2007 Spanish movie tax shelter, which offered deductions of 18% to Spanish investment in mainland Spain shoots, »
- John Hopewell
A traditional destination for Hollywood shoots, Andalusia returned to centerstage last October, when the cities of Seville and Osuna became the “Game of Thrones”’ kingdom of Dorne.
The fifth season of the hit HBO series rolled for 12 days in the Alcazar of Seville, a Moorish castle that doubled up as the Water Gardens of Dorne. In the bullring of nearby Osuna, production spent 13 days filming a four-minute scene with 500 extras.
“Since ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ no other international shoot has generated such popular enthusiasm and media impact,” says Carlos Rosado, prexy of Andalusia Film Commission.
Some 86,000 people initially applied for auditions as extras.
“Game of Thrones’” Andalusia shoot looks location-specific. “When they contacted us, they talked about the Alcazar — that’s what they really wanted, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
17 year old Scottish actor John Bell leads the cast in WWII drama The Man in the Box which started filming on location near Innsbruck in Tirol (Austria) in mid-December, with filming now recommencing on location in Austria and Germany, as well as in Italy, near Bressanone.
John (represented by Independent Talent) plays 15 year old Niki, who's family, with some reluctance, take into hiding a Jewish doctor who saved the boy's life before the war. A member of Hitler Youth, Niki is appalled by the idea, his mother frightened, but his father insists. Combined with the growing attraction between him and an almost blind neighbour girl (Sigi), a relationship gradually evolves between the boy and Doctor Weiss, the 'man in the box', »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman has signed on to direct Man at Arms, which was first announced back in October 2010. Producer Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road Pictures has picked up the project, which offers a much different take on the legend of King Arthur. The news comes just a few weeks after Warner Bros. started production on their own King Arthur tale, entitled Knights of the Round Table. As it turns out, though, both project will not have too much in common.
Man at Arms follows a much older Sir Lancelot, as he feels remorseful for his affair with Queen Guinevere, which ended up destroying King Arthur's Camelot. The story, which Deadline compares to Clint Eastwood's Western classic Unforgiven, finds Lancelot trying to make amends for the affair. Echo Lake originally acquired the project as a pitch from writer Jeremy Lott back in 2010, but the company is no longer involved. »
If a retelling of Romeo & Juliet in the style of 300 didn't sound good, maybe a different approach to King Arthur will be more your speed. No, we're not talking about Guy Ritchie's new Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (in production now), but rather a new project called Man at Arms that is being developed by Thunder Road Pictures. This project has Wrath of the Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot director Jonathan Liebesman attached to direct the film that is said to take the King Arthur story we all know, but deliver it in the style of Clint Eastwood's modern classic western Unforgiven. So how'll that work? Well, Deadline says the story is said to follow Sir Lancelot as an older gentleman who wants to make amends after his love for Guinivere (which she gave right back to him) actually ended up ruining King Arthur's Camelot. »
- Ethan Anderton
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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