Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter talked to Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley about the Dungeons & Dragons movie. Actually, it was a piece talking to the two writer-directors about what it is like working from home now and that brought up the movie.
We know that they were considering filming some scenes in the UK, or at least, the two were about to scout the UK before the lockdown hit. We also found out that John Francis Daley as a weekly D&D game, but didn’t find out how long it has been going on for.
Do you see D&D as a comedy?
I don’t, despite having had some hilarious experiences with the game. Jonathan Goldstein seems to agree, he said;
We want it to be fun. It’s not an out and out comedy, but it is an action-fantasy movie with a lot of comedic elements and characters we hope people will really get into and enjoy watching their adventures.
John Francis Daley followed on from that, perhaps sensing that articles like this will be written. He added;
D&D is such a unique look at the fantasy genre where it is contemporary in terms of the people playing it and the way they speak to each other. So we never wanted to spoof the genre of fantasy or take the piss out of it. But we did want to find another way into it that we hadn’t necessarily seen before.
The two are working with Wizards of the Coast and seem to be making progress. They’re onto the second draft for the movie and that Paramount has done chemistry reads with possible cast members. A Skype call to Australia was mentioned. Which Australian actor would you cast in a fantasy-action with comedic elements?
Paramount’s partners, Entertainment One (Hasbro’s company), have made some appointments. Ex Marvel heavy-weight Jeremy Latcham will produce the film.
Are you looking forward to the movie? Have you seen any of the previous films?