The D&D TV series that Hasbro is currently offering to networks and streaming platforms is written by Derek Kolstad. At least, the John Wick writer sets the scene and puts together something that will appeal to those TV stations.
We learn that the D&D TV series isn’t going to explore D&D word(s) past events. So, for example, we can rule out the baddie Vecna becoming a Lich. It’ll already have happened. Instead, it’ll be a small scale story told at the current end of the timeline. He doesn’t say which D&D timeline, though, which setting.
Speaking to Collider the in-demand scriptwriter explains he’s not yet worried about which characters he can or cannot use from D&D’s history. He’ll find out from the Legal team after getting further along, and make changes accordingly.
He also compared D&D to Rambo’s First Blood, and Star Wars;
In the first Star Wars, you heard about Jabba the Hutt and you don’t see him until the third one because you earn at that point, and whatever the budget was for the third one compared to the first one, who cares, right? And I think in Dungeons and Dragons, who has this massive, dedicated community of acolytes, I don’t want to suddenly throw everything on screen and say, ‘Here’s the buffet.’ You’d much rather keep the story intimate. When you think of our favorite movies, I’d rather do the First Blood version. It’s a guy in the woods being hunted. And it’s very small, but you allude to the other things through conversation. You have your USS Indianapolis [in Jaws], you see something in the background. You hear a name that 3% of the audience is like, ‘Ho ho, I think we’re going to see him soon.’ I think the thing is just to take a deep breath, to go into it slowly, and to just respect the world, and as you adapt, certain things need to change. But you better not touch the heart and soul of why people love this thing.”
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