Dungeons & Dragons (film series)

Dungeons & Dragons is an action-adventure fantasy film series based on the role-playing game of the same name currently owned by Wizards of the Coast. The original trilogy consisted of a theatrical film, a made-for-TV second installment, and a direct-to-video third installment.

Dungeons & Dragons
Official film franchise logo, as released by Paramount Pictures in 2022.
Based onDungeons & Dragons
by Wizards of the Coast
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 2000-2012 (Original trilogy)
  • 2023 (Reboot)
CountryUnited States

A reboot from Paramount Pictures was released on March 31, 2023.

Films edit

Film U.S.
release date
Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producers
Original trilogy
Dungeons & Dragons December 8, 2000 (2000-12-08) Courtney Solomon Carroll Cartwright and Topper Lilien Thomas M. Hammel, Kia Jam, Steve Richards and Courtney Solomon
Dungeons & Dragons:
Wrath of the Dragon God
October 8, 2005 (2005-10-08) Gerry Lively Robert Kimmel and Brian Rudnick Courtney Solomon
Dungeons & Dragons 3:
The Book of Vile Darkness
August 9, 2012 (2012-08-09) Brian Rudnick Steve Richards
Dungeons & Dragons:
Honor Among Thieves
March 31, 2023 (2023-03-31) John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
and Michael Gilio
Chris McKay and Michael Gilio Jeremy Latcham, Brian Goldner, and Nick Meyer

Original trilogy edit

Dungeons & Dragons (2000) edit

The Empire of Izmer is a divided land. An elite group of sorcerers, known as "The Mages", rule the land while the commoners are left defenseless. The Empress of Izmer, Savina, fights for equality and prosperity amongst all citizens, but the wicked and powerful Mage Profion plots to overtake her throne. As he plots to rule the Empire by nefarious means, the Empress seeks the Rod of Savrille, which has the power to control the Red Dragons. She hires two petty thieves, Ridley and Snails, who become her key to aligning with the dragonkeeper. Together with a mage apprentice named Marina, a combative Dwarf named Elwood, and the Empire's personal expert tracker - an Elf named Norda- they must outpace Profion's chief henchman Damodar to find the Rod of Savrille; the artifact that has the power to set their Kingdom free.

Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005) edit

When the evil sorcerer Damodar succeeds in stealing the mystic elemental black orb, he declares a sinister vengeance against the kingdom of Ismir. A decorated warrior of the Empire, named Berek, and Melora, an unseasoned sorceress join forces with four heroes - representing Intelligence, Wisdom, Honor and Strength - to thwart the evil Mage and his growing army. Together they must reach the vault that holds the orb, assembling their own army, and defeat Damadar before he awakens the dormant black dragon whose purpose would destroy the entire kingdom.

It is the second instalment in the series, it serves as a stand-alone sequel to Dungeons & Dragons (2000). The only returning actor is Bruce Payne, reprising his role as Damodar. The film premiered at the Sci-Fi Channel on October 10, 2005. It was released in theaters in Europe as well as some parts of North America and Latin America,[1] and released on DVD on February 7, 2006.

Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012) edit

It is the third installment in the series. Shot in Bulgaria in 2011, it was released direct-to-DVD in the United Kingdom on August 9, 2012.

Reboot edit

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) edit

A reboot has dealt with years of delays with legal disputes over filming rights between Hasbro, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures. In 2017, Paramount Pictures announced that they were distributing a Dungeons & Dragons film set for release in 2021.[2][3] In July 2019, Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley were in talks to direct. By January 2020, the two had adapted a script by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Michael Gilio for the film.[4] In December 2020, it was announced Chris Pine was cast to star in the film.[5] In early 2021, Hugh Grant was cast as Forge Fletcher, with Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Jason Wong and Daisy Head joining the cast.[6][7][8][9] Filming began in April 2021 in Iceland and concluded August 19, 2021, with principal photography in Northern Ireland.[10][11] The film was released on March 31, 2023, after being delayed from various dates in 2021 and 2022.[12][13]

Television edit

In February 2022, a spin-off television series was announced to be in development. A part of a "multi-pronged approach" for television projects, the show is described as the "flagship" and "cornerstone" live-action series, of the multiple projects in development; while the series will "complement" the film side of the franchise. Rawson Marshall Thurber is set to serve as creator, writer, executive producer, and showrunner and the series, in addition to directing the pilot episode. Various networks and streaming companies are reportedly bidding on distribution rights.[14] In January 2023, it was announced that Paramount+ had given the show a straight to series order and will be produced by Entertainment One and Paramount Pictures.[15] In April 2023, it was reported that Drew Crevello will serve as showrunner and executive producer of the series.[16]

Additional crew and production details edit

Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons:
Wrath of the Dragon God
Dungeons & Dragons 3:
The Book of Vile Darkness
Dungeons & Dragons:
Honor Among Thieves
2000 2005 2012 2023
Composer Justin Caine Burnett David Julyan Andy Grush & Taylor Newton Stewart Lorne Balfe
Cinematographer Douglas Milsome Igor Meglic Emil Topuzov Barry Peterson
Editor(s) Caroline Ross Rodney Holland Rebecca Weigold Stocker Dan Lebental
Production companies Behavior Worldwide,
Silver Pictures,
Sweetpea Entertainment
Studio Hamburg,
Worldwide Pictures,
Zinc Entertainment,
Sweetpea Ltd.
Zinc Entertainment,
After Dark Films
Entertainment One,
Sweetpea Entertainment
Distributor New Line Cinema Warner Home Video IM Global Paramount Pictures
Release date December 8, 2000 (2000-12-08) October 8, 2005 (2005-10-08) August 9, 2012 (2012-08-09) March 31, 2023 (2023-03-31)
Running time 108 minutes 105 minutes 86 minutes 134 minutes

In other media edit

Wizards of the Coast released a Fast-Play Game, The Sewers of Sumdall, based on the first film. It is a DVD-ROM feature on the DVD as a printable PDF file.[17][18]

References edit

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  18. ^ "Dungeons & Dragons (New Line Platinum Series): Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan: Movies & TV". Amazon. May 22, 2001. Retrieved October 18, 2013.

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