Director Roy Lee has some big plans for Warner Bros. upcoming Dungeons & Dragons reboot film - including branching out into not just multiple films, but possibly multiple worlds.
“I think it will really be moving forward quickly, and I don’t anticipate it not getting greenlit this year, mostly because Warner Bros. has DC now, and LEGO, and the Harry Potter universe that’s being cultivated as their franchises,” Lee told Collider. “I believe they see Dungeons & Dragons as something that could be cultivated as a multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs from the first movie being in Forgotten Realms and subsequent movies being in different worlds.”
Forgotten Realms is arguably the most famous of Dungeons & Dragons's campaign settings, with hundreds of adventures, novels, and other media set in the world. Forgotten Realms is also home to many of D&D's most popular characters, such as Drizz't Do'Urden, and Elminster the Archmage. Other campaign settings which future films could visit include the "default" world of Greyhawk, the horror-themed Ravenloft, and the Final Fantasy-esque Eberron, among others.
However, Lee says his film will take inspiration from another source that comic book fans may be more familiar with - Guardians of the Galaxy.
“This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders of the Lost Ark romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.”
Lee also clarified that the story will not feature any tropes such as people from the real world being transported to the Forgotten Realms, a device that featured prominently in a script written many years ago by D&D's creator Gary Gygax. He also mentioned the Yawning Portal, a tavern in which many D&D adventures have started, as a major setpiece of the film.
The 2000 Dungeons & Dragons film was ill-received by fans and critics alike, though it did spawn several straight-to-TV spin-off films.
No release date has been set for Dungeons & Dragons.