After years of production drawbacks, it looks like we’re finally getting a “Dungeons & Dragons” movie, and the walking natural 20 Chris Pine is going to be at the center of it.
According to AV Club, the upcoming feature will be an adaptation of Hasbro’s beloved tabletop role-playing game where players use dice, miniature figures and their imaginations to undertake magical quests in mythical worlds. “Dungeons and Dragons” marks a return to geekdom for Pine, who became an international celebrity after playing Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot films.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-directed the 2018 R-rated comedy “Game Night” will write and direct the upcoming film, according to People, The duo also co-wrote Marvel’s 2017 hit feature “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Variety reports that “Dungeons and Dragons” was adapted into a movie once before. The 2000 film starred Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans and Jeremy Irons and was a critical and commercial flop, grossing less than $34 million on a $45 million budget, according to BoxOfficeMojo.
This latest adaptation has been in the works for years, according to Variety. Initially, the film was set up as a Warner Bros. production with Ansel Elgort in talks for the lead role. At that time, Rob Letterman — who directed 2015’s “Goosebumps” — was set to direct.
Following a legal battle regarding the source material’s ownership rights, “Dungeons and Dragons” moved over to Paramount. The film’s release date was originally scheduled for November 2021 but was recently postponed, People reports. COVID-related production delays have pushed its release back to May 2022, per Variety.