The definitive documentary about the original tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons It is in process. Deadline reports that Hasbro’s entertainment production company, Entertainment One, is producing a new documentary about the classic tabletop RPG.
The new project is being directed by the actor, d&d writer and official ambassador Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Spiderman, magic mike) along with Kyle Newman (1 ADVANTAGE, barely lethal, fanboys). The film is currently in the works for a 2024 release to coincide with the board game’s 50th anniversary.
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HASBRO PRODUCES NEW DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS DOCUMENTARY
Dungeons and Dragons was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and first published by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. in 1974. The game has been published by Hasbro’s subsidiary Wizards of the Coast since 1997. Overseen by a Dungeon Master, players Form an adventure party and go on quests through various fantasy worlds. Over the years Dungeons and Dragons it has attracted more than 50 million players since it was originally published.
The planned documentary will be based on 400 hours of never-before-seen archived footage dating back to when the game was first created in the early 1970s. Manganiello, Newman, and Adam F. Goldberg reportedly spent years searching for the exclusive rights to the footage. The film will also feature exclusive interviews with famous fans of the game, along with Wizards of the Coast offering the filmmakers inside access to highly sensitive developments for the game and the brand. This will reportedly be the first time Wizards of the Coast has granted this level of access to the game and d&d brand.
Meanwhile, eOne and Paramount are also prepping a new big-budget feature based on the franchise, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The film hits theaters in March 2023. Additionally, Deadline reports that eOne is also collaborating on multiple film and television projects with scripts based on other notable Hasbro IPs as part of the company’s event to bring multi-channel entertainment to fans based on some of their most beloved ones. brands
Manganiello will also produce the upcoming documentary project alongside his brother, Nick Manganiello, Anthony Savini and Cecily Tyler. It is executive produced by Tara Long and Geno McDermott for eOne, along with leading Dungeons and Dragons scholar Jon Peterson, Goldberg and Newman.
Manganiello is an avid Dungeons and Dragons fan and gamer, and has staged campaigns with notable celebrity guests. Co-director Kyle Newman also worked on the documentary Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, and wrote the book, Dungeons and Dragons: Art and Arcanaalongside Jon Peterson.
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With so much history and influence behind this property, Hasbro creating a documentary looking at its ultimate history and creation sounds like an incredible idea. Not to mention, it seems like a good way to celebrate the brand’s longevity and history to go along with the upcoming 50th anniversary. d&d It has really stood the test of time.
Meanwhile, the new live-action Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves The film hits theaters on March 3, 2023. The film is co-directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It also stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant.
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SOURCE: Hasbro, Deadline
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