536 – What’s that, girl? Timmy fell down the well?

A bit of truly horrible news for you all, something I found out about yesterday via AICN: They’re going to be making another Dungeons and Dragons movie. Meh.

“But Rob,” you might say, “if Marvel could create a cinematic universe, why can’t D&D?” Here’s the problem: the difference between D&D and Marvel is that Marvel has established characters. The whole idea behind D&D is that you make up your own character in the game. There are a few established non-player characters within certain campaign worlds, such as Elminster, Drizzt Do’Urden, Mordenkainen, or Szass Tam, but no one outside of the hobby knows who any of those characters are. I, and my Facebook associate Tom Racine, both fear that the only idea the Powers That Be will be able to come up with is the “bunch of kids playing the game get sucked into an alternate universe where D&D is REAL!” trope. Already read that story in The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg.

TLDR: Not holding out much hope for the next D&D movie. Watch, I say that now and 5 years from now it’ll be a blockbuster! 😉

Take care,