Hasbro’s entertainment studio, Entertainment One, is producing a new documentary about the classic tabletop RPG. Dungeons and Dragonsbilled as the final take. Dungeons and Dragons Writer and official ambassador Joe Manganiello has come on board to direct with Kyle Newman (1 ADVANTAGE), and the film will be released in 2024, as the game celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, Dungeons and Dragons was first published by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. in 1974, and has been distributed by Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast since 1997. The game, overseen by a player known as The Dungeon Master, sees others form a adventuring group that will embark on quests through fantasy worlds, in order to take their experience to the next level. More than 50 million fans have interacted or played d&d — one of Hasbro’s key brands — since it was first published 48 years ago, including through video games and live entertainment on Twitch and YouTube.
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eOne’s document will be based on more than 400 hours of never-before-seen archived footage dating back to the game’s inception in the early 1970s, which Manganiellos, Newman, and Adam F. Goldberg have spent the last few years acquiring. the exclusive rights. The film, which also features exclusive interviews with famous fans of the game, will benefit from Wizards of the Coast’s offer to filmmakers of inside access to highly confidential developments related to the game and the brand, this being the first time it has been authorized. this level of access. .
News of the document comes as eOne and Paramount prepare for the release of their narrative feature. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The film, which stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, Hugh Grant and Jason Wong, will be released in theaters on March 3, 2023. The studio is now also actively collaborating on a number of scripted television and film projects based on Hasbro’s other notable IPs, as part of Hasbro’s Blueprint in Action, bringing multi-channel entertainment to fans across some of the world’s most beloved brands.
Joe Manganiello will produce the d&d doc alongside his brother Nick Manganiello, Anthony Savini and Cecily Tyler. Tara Long and Geno McDermott are executive producers of eOne along with the leaders Dungeons and Dragons scholar Jon Peterson, Goldberg and Newman.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Joe in the past on True Blood among other projects and I can’t think of a better, more passionate person to immerse myself fully in the world of Dungeons and Dragons both from a player’s and a fan’s perspective. The addition of Kyle Newman, Nick Manganiello and Jon Peterson also brings unique and multiple dimensions to the story we plan to document,” said Michael Lombardo, Director of Global Television for eOne. “As we approach 50 years of this incredible gaming universe, the time is right for an officially sanctioned narrative of the origins of the game and the current state of the game to its passionate fans from all walks of life and their global cultural impact.
“Dungeons and Dragons has sparked the imagination of fans around the world for nearly 50 years and we continue to bring exciting and engaging experiences to new generations,” said Cynthia Williams, president of Wizards of the Coast and digital games at Hasbro. “As we approach this historic celebration, I’m excited to have a creative team with a genuine passion for the brand producing what we hope will become a defining look at the history of the world’s greatest RPG.”
“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to be back behind the camera for another documentary, this time with the d&d dream team of Jon, Kyle and my brother and producing partner Nick,” added Joe Manganiello. “I experienced the rise, fall and rise of this legacy brand that has not only meant so much to me, but has served as a source of creativity for an entire generation of writers, artists and creative minds, influencing much of our culture. . None of this would have been possible without Nathan Stewart at Wizards of the Coast and my eternally supportive boss at HBO/True Blood days, Michael Lombardo and the fantastic team at eOne.”
Manganiello’s entertainment career, spanning more than two decades, has included roles in the Spiderman Y magic mike franchises, as well as television series such as True Blood, how i met your mother Y love, death and robots. he is an avid Dungeons and Dragons fan and gamer known for running campaigns with a heavy rotation of celebrity guests, including some of the biggest names in the Hollywood superhero and fantasy space. Joe teamed up with his brother Nick Manganiello in 2012 to launch 3:59 Inc., which has since produced titles including bottom of ninthstarring Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, and the documentary L.A. nudemarking his directorial debut.
Newman is an award-winning filmmaker and New York Times bestselling author whose directing credits include fanboysthe Star Warscentered comedy starring Seth Rogen and Kristen Bell; A24’s action comedy barely lethal, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Samuel L. Jackson; and this summer’s esports comedy 1 ADVANTAGE for Lionsgate/Prime Video. Newman is best known for his documentary Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Movie Ever Madeas well as the book Dungeons and Dragons: Art and ArcanaHugo Award finalist, which he co-wrote with Peterson.
Manganiello is represented by CAA and Myman Greenspan Fox; Newman of Wonder Street and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.
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