You know, I wonder what grapple check you’d have to roll to avoid getting hooked... on a feeling.
Speaking to Collider at DICE 2016, producer Roy Lee offered a brief update on Warner Bros. newest attempt to bring the venerable tabletop RPG series Dungeons & Dragons to the big screen—some obvious things were confirmed, like the fact that it’s aiming to be an ensemble movie (after all, D&D is all about parties of heroes!), and that Warner Bros. see its potential to become a sprawling franchise for the company. But the most interesting quotable came from Lee discussing the movie’s planned tone:
This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before.
It sounds crazy at first—and honestly, kind of risky, just as Guardians was for the relatively serious world of the Marvel movies—but when you think about it, Lee’s right. We don’t have a lot of big screen fantasy as it is in the post-Lord of the Rings world, and what we do have coming up, like Warcraft, is taking itself very seriously. There’s definitely room for a light-hearted, slightly goofy fantasy adventure movie.
And not to mention, some of the best parts of playing D&D are the moments when hilarious and wild things happen to your party, accidentally or otherwise. Or when players come up with a creative, silly way to solve a serious problem. The setting totally lends itself to a movie about a band of misfits coming together on a quest for gold, glory, and/or Kobold hides.
Maybe they shouldn’t try to borrow Guardians of the Galaxy’s soundtrack though. That might be a bit too far.