ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

If you were to look at me, you'd probably think "Hey, that guy definitely plays Dungeons & Dragons". You might be surprised to know I never actually have. In fact, I wouldn't be able to tell a Dwarf-Cleric from a Runepriest, and I have only the faintest idea of what a D20 is for. I don't think I'm alone in my ignorance about D&D, however despite this, Warner Bros. still thinks there's money to be made in a Dungeons & Dragons reboot.

Films based on Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson's iconic pen-and-paper game is not a new phenomenon. Way back in 1983 Dungeons & Dragons was an animated TV series, while it got its first dice throw on the big screen in 2000. Unfortunately it came up short with the -directed movie ending in both critical and financial failure. Since then D&D sequels and spin-offs have continued to exist outside of theaters with 2005's telefilm sequel Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God and a direct-to-DVD follow-up with Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness in 2012.

At the time of writing we do not know who the director (or perhaps we should say Dungeon Master?) of the reboot will be. However, it seems like Warner Bros. is hoping to pump some fantasy EXP points into the franchise by enlisting Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson to pen the D&D script.

According to, Johnson's script in fact started out as an adaptation of Chainmail, another Gygax and Jeff Perren game which preceded D&D. With Warner owning the rights to the more well-known Dungeons & Dragons franchise, it seems Johnson must reconstitute his Chainmail tale for D&D.

There's still no synopsis or details on what what kind of story we could expect. In fact, it's pretty difficult to predict where it might go. Dungeons & Dragons has always been a game which allowed its players to create their own story. So, with this, in mind the possibilities could be endless.

What kind of Dungeons & Dragons tale would you like to see brought to the big screen? Give me your ideas below.


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