A movie reboot of the popular role-playing tabletop game “Dungeons and Dragons” has started filming. The film’s director, Jonathan Goldstein, announced the news on Twitter. The accompanying photo shows the films clapper board with the “Dungeons and Dragons” logo across it. He captioned the photo: “the campaign begins. #DnD.”
For fans of the game, it’s been a long road. The 2000 version of “Dungeons and Dragons” starring Jeremy Irons was an epic flop. Fans gave it an unheard of 3.6 out 10 stars on IMDb, with Rotten Tomatoes’ critics being less kind, giving it a 10%.
Then, Warner Bros. announced a reboot in 2013. But after spinning their wheels, it went to Paramount, who have also struggled to find a script that could do the game justice. Now, it appears they have found just that and are quickly moving ahead.
The cast and crew are star-studded. The movie will star Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith. Regé-Jean Page—who captured America’s heart in “Bridgerton” but then smashed it when he said he wouldn’t be in season 2—also joined the cast. Jonathan Goldstein and co-writer and director John Francis Daley are also a force in the industry. The duo penned “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Horrible Bosses,” and directed “Game Night” with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.
The game Dungeons and Dragons is popular among many people, but also has a special place in the hearts of some Hollywood’s renowned writers and actors. Joe Manganiello hosts a Dungeons and Dragons game in his basement, with many famous people dropping in. Manganiello serves as the organizer—or Dungeon Master. Vince Vaughn, Tom Morello, and D.B. Weiss are all regular attendants. James Gunn and Taran Killam have also played at one point.
Currently, “Dungeons and Dragons” is expected to hit theaters March 2023.