Warner Bros. Pictures has successfully rolled the saving throw necessary to reboot a film franchise based on Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s iconic role playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Deadline reports that David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) will be providing the screenplay.
First adapted for the small screen as an animated television series in 1983, Dungeons & Dragon hit theaters with a 2000 live-action version directed by Courtney Solomon. The film was neither a critical nor financial success, but it did lead to a telefilm sequel with 2005’s Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God and a direct-to-DVD followup with Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness in 2012.
Johnson’s screenplay is said to have started its existence as an adaptation of Gygax and Jeff Perren’s Chainmail, a 1971 game that preceded D&D. With the rights to the more famous game now at Warner, the script is being rewritten to encompass the broader and more well-known fantasy universe.