The D&D movie being directed by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, the Spider-man Homecoming writers, has been delayed.
The culprit is COVID-19, of course, and the new American release is May 27th 2022 which puts it slap bang in the middle of the summer blockbuster season.
Paramount didn’t give the movie any special attention, they announced several delays due to studios being closed and stars being in lockdown, and the D&D movie was in that general round-up.
However, I see it as a good thing. Why? Until now, the best report I’d seen of the D&D movie was that Paramount was strongly considering it, lining up stars and assets but no more than that. In my experience of blogging, movies often get that far and no further.
The fact that Paramount mentioned the movie, and cared enough to move it to 2020, is a confirmation of sorts that the movie is still an active project.
That said, there have been no casting announcements, and if the studio is looking for a recognisable face to front a new franchise, then they may have a struggle. The tabletop D&D is absolutely having a boom, but past movie efforts have not earned critical acclaim, which may make stars cautious.
Additionally, Wizards of the Coast did a formal presentation on the future of D&D at the London Toy Fair and didn’t mention the movie. The future of D&D, they say, is digital.
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