Dungeons & Dragons Directors Talk About The Tone Of Their Film

Even with the protocols about getting together in many places friends are getting together safely via the internet to play Dungeons & Dragons. The fantasy tabletop has been around since the mid-seventies and is currently in its fifth edition. Dungeon Masters around the globe have been entertaining groups with pre-built and homebrew adventures. Now thanks to Paramount Pictures we can see at least one of those stories come to life in a live-action film.


Filmmakers Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley directed Game Night and wrote Horrible Bosses and Spider-Man: Homecoming. They were gearing up for Dungeons & Dragons before everything got shut down. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, they talked about the tone of the film. Would it have the same amount of humor as some of their previous films?

Goldstein said, “We want it to be fun. It’s not an out and out comedy, but it is an action-fantasy movie with a lot of comedic elements and characters we hope people will really get into and enjoy watching their adventures.”

“D&D is such a unique look at the fantasy genre where it is contemporary in terms of the people playing it and the way they speak to each other. So we never wanted to spoof the genre of fantasy or take the piss out of it. But we did want to find another way into it that we hadn’t necessarily seen before. Just the format of Dungeons & Dragons is so interesting and fun and all about critical thinking and thinking on your feet and figuring out ways to make things work after they fall flat. There’s a lot of the spirit of that that we’re trying to inject into the movie itself”, said Daley.


What will be interesting about this project is how they balance out a serious action-fantasy adventure with the right amount of comedy. If you’ve played Dungeons & Dragons you know that there are many different ways groups play the games. Some are very strict about the rules, while others make several modifications and exceptions for the group to have fun.

Also most of the time NPCs (or non-playable characters) are often the target of player’s wrath during their travels. I hope that they have fun with is some sort of take on the dice rolling. Daley mentioned that he plays in a D&D campaign and they have been working with Wizards of the Coast, so I am sure that they will feature many of our favorite aspects of D&D.

What do you want to see in the Dungeons & Dragons Film? Let us know in the comment section below!

Currently Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons is scheduled for a May 27th, 2022 release.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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