Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves isn’t the only D&D movie coming our way in the near future. Deadline brings word that a new feature-length documentary will explore how the long-running RPG became a worldwide sensation. The film, fittingly titled Role Players, is currently in production at XTR.
Role Players promises to be the “definitive” documentary on all things D&D. The movie will examine the game’s creation in the early ‘70s by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. From there, it will trace its ground-breaking cultural impact all the way up to the present day. There will also be several interviews with celebrity fans and even some rare archival footage.
Bryn Mooser founded XTR in 2019 with the aim of focusing on documentary-based storytelling. Its list of productions notably includes last year’s Ascension, which received an Oscar nod for Best Documentary Feature. The studio’s first TV series, They Call Me Magic, premiered on Apple TV+ last month. Mooser is executive producing Role Players for XTR alongside Justin Lacob and Abazar Khayami.
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“Through its wildly different levels, times, adventures and possibilities, D&D created its own universe and community,” said Lacob, who serves as XTR’s Head of Development. “Capturing the imagination of gamers, misfits, geniuses, and rebels, and had a lasting impact on culture and our lives outside the game.”
Morgan Jon Fox is directing the movie after previously helming the 2019 short film The One You Never Forget. Additionally, Ted Speaker is acting as a producer.
“As a director, I am excited to tell the story of D&D, which at its heart is about the true power of learning to work as teams, consuming and creating inclusive narratives,” said Fox. “There’s nothing more exciting than a legendary game that rose to fame with a little help from the era of Satanic Panic.”
XTR hasn’t announced a release date for Role Players.
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