‘Dungeons and Dragons‘ Movie Rolls the Die, Lands on ‘Goosebumps’ Director
You know what would be a vast improvement over that other Dungeons and Dragons movie that you probably (rightfully) forgot? The immediate response is “anything,” of course, but also: fun. You know what was fun? Last year’s Goosebumps movie, which managed to take the vast possibilities of R.L. Stine’s books and transform them into an entertaining movie for fans both old and new (abundance of CGI notwithstanding). It would appear that Warner Bros. and Hasbro agree, as the studios are reportedly eyeing Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to take on their risky Dungeons and Dragons project.
Last summer, the studios announced their collaboration on a new Dungeons and Dragons film, based on the enduring tabletop fantasy roleplay game which has inspired players to hone their imagination and wit for decades — and inspired a few lame stereotypes and schoolyard wedgies along the way.
According to The Tracking Board, Goosebumps director Rob Letterman has been tapped to helm the new film based on the classic game, hopefully bringing a bit of the same fun and inventive spirit showcased in his adaptation of R.L. Stine’s pre-teen horror franchise. Well, not exactly the same, but you get it.
Dungeons and Dragons opens a world of possibility, as each game is remarkably different from the last. Players choose and build their characters, rolling the dice to determine each step of their adventure. The narrative potential is basically infinite, which gives Letterman a blank canvas, similar to the world of The LEGO Movie — and we all remember how skeptical we were about that idea.
Dungeons and Dragons last hit the big screen back in 2000, in a movie so campy that it went beyond enjoyably bad to just plain bad, and so bland that you never had to worry about getting that bad taste out of your mouth because it didn’t really have one to begin with. It did, however, have a pretty strange cast including Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans, Thora Birch (I miss her) and Justin Whalin — yeah, remember him? You probably do not. Feel free to browse his IMDb page at your leisure.
At any rate, a new Dungeons and Dragons movie in a post-Game of Thrones world could be better, especially with a director who knows a thing or two about creating a clever concept from a franchise that offers vast possibilities. Then again, just about anything has to be better than that last Dungeons and Dragons movie.