While a new Dungeons & Dragons movie hits theaters in 2023, there’s a whole universe in store for eOne.
While the new Dungeons & Dragons film wrapped up in August of this year and was slated to be a standalone reboot of the franchise, it has become evident through recent interviews that the film will connect to a much bigger plan for popular game ownership like a host of shows from. television head to eOne’s small screen. Global Television’s president for Hasbro’s entertainment division, Michael Lombardo, recently revealed in an interview that among the many Hasbro-based projects coming up in the not-so-distant future.
Dungeons & Dragons has had a mixed run in television and film, with the 1980s animated series having a very loose connection to its namesake but hugely popular when produced by TSR and Marvel Productions. In contrast, a 2000 live-action film starring Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans, Thora Birch and Justin Whalin was badly maimed and failed to recoup its $ 45 million budget. This time around, the new film and planned series hope to bring the world to Dungeons & Dragons to life in live-action with more success than the last run out.
“Our big goal at the moment is Dungeons & Dragons,“said Lombardo Deadline. “When I first sat down with Darren [Throop, eOne’s CEO] and Steeve [Bertram, eOne’s President of Film and Television], knowing that Dungeons is part of the Hasbro portfolio was incredibly exciting to me. It’s a world and part of it is, its challenges are wow, where to start? We don’t want it to be a single show, so we’re developing a multi-pronged approach for TV, a number of scripted and unscripted shows, and we’re hoping to bring that to market early in this. next year. ”
Lombardo has gone on to confess that he doesn’t play the game himself, but has found many filmmakers extremely passionate about the world he lives in. “I was not a Dungeons & Dragons kid, and maybe I’m too old for that, but the people who played it, they keep playing it, it’s so meaningful. They’re so passionate about it, and we’ve had a lot of talk and a lot of interesting filmmakers, it’s just finding the right team that has legs, that feels fresh right now. We have a big movie that’s in the process of being released right now that will be released first, so we’re also trying to navigate the brand in a more holistic way so that the movie doesn’t feel apart, but connected in a way. or another to a larger universe. ”
While there are currently a lot of new projects coming up for fans of Dungeons & Dragons from eOne, an unscripted show, Dungeons & Dragons Presents: Call to Adventure, who sees the show’s cast playing D&D in real time through audience participation, aired its first episode on G4 Twitch and YouTube. Although this is a discreet addition to the D&D franchise outside of the games themselves, it’s a great stepping stone to the big budget productions that lie ahead in the next few years.
Fans have noticed that the version of Bird of Prey that aired on HBO Max has been edited for TV.
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