Well, this is an interesting development. Chris McKay, the mastermind behind the excellent LEGO Batman Movie, and the guy who’s set to helm the upcoming standalone Nightwing film for DC Films, is in talks to join another big geek-friendly property.
According to THR, McKay has just boarded Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons adaptation. When last we heard, the property was dropped from Warner Bros., (Which included writing work from great up-and-coming talents like Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who have both recently signed on to the Silver & Black movie) and had moved over to Paramount.
Over at Warner Bros., the project was pegged as a mix between Guardians of the Galaxy, the Lord of the Rings franchise, and Raiders. In the couple months since then, there has been little revelation as to what we can expect, but we do know that Michael Gillio is writing the script — but who that guy is, I can only guess.
Set to produce is AllSpark Pictures, Hasbro’s movie production company. One can hope that with the existence of this company, the toy manufacturer will be a little more precious about the quality of their films than they’ve been in the past. Certainly, hiring McKay is a step in the right direction, as he proved with The LEGO Batman Movie that he is able to squeeze all types of references into a cohesive story.
However, with Dungeons & Dragons set to hit theaters on July 23, 2021, one has to wonder whether if that means McKay will be rushing to get the Nightwing film shot by 2019 (so that 2020 can be free for D&D), or if Nightwing will actually hit in 2022 or later.
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