Dungeons & Dragons (film series)

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Dungeons & Dragons
Based onDungeons & Dragons
by Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro
Release date
CountryUnited States

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy film series, based on the role-playing game of the same name created by TSR and currently owned by Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro.


Film U.S.
release date
Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producers
Dungeons & Dragons December 8, 2000 (2000-12-08) Courtney Solomon Carroll Cartwright & Topper Lilien Thomas M. Hammel, Kia Jam, Steve Richards and Courtney Solomon
Dungeons & Dragons:
Wrath of the Dragon God
October 8, 2005 (2005-10-08) Gerry Lively Robert Kimmel & Brian Rudnick Courtney Solomon
Dungeons & Dragons 3:
The Book of Vile Darkness
August 9, 2012 (2012-08-09) Brian Rudnick Steve Richards
Dungeons & Dragons May 27, 2022 (2022-05-27) John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Michael Gillio
and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein
Joe Manganiello & John Cassel
and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick & Michael Gillio
Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis[disambiguation needed] and Jeremy Latcham

Dungeons & Dragons (2000)[edit]

The Empire of Izmer is a divided land. An elite group of sorcerers, known as "The Mages", rule the land while the commoners are defenseless. The Empress of Izmer, Savina, fights for equality and prosperity its citizens, but the wicked and powerful Mage Profion plots to overthrow her throne. As he plots to rule the Empire by nefarious means, the Empress seeks the help of Rod of Savrille who has the power to control the Red Dragons. She hires two petty thieves, Ridley and Snails, who become her key to aligning with the dragonkeeper. Together with a mage apprentice named Marina, a combative Dwarf named Elwood, and the Empire's personal expert tracker - an Elf named Norda- they must outpace Profion's chief henchman Damodar to find Rod of Savrille; the man who has the abilities to set their Kingdom free.

Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005)[edit]

When the evil sorcerer Damodar succeeds in stealing the mystic elemental black orb, he declares a sinister vengeance against the kingdom of Ismir. A decorated warrior of the Empire, named Berek, and Melora, an unseasoned sorceress join forces with four heroes - representing Intelligence, Wisdom, Honor and Strength - to thwart the evil Mage and his growing army. Together they must reach the vault that holds the orb, assembling their own army, and defeat Damadar before he awakens the dormant black dragon whose purpose would destroy the entire kingdom.

Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)[edit]

Dungeons & Dragons (2022)[edit]

Starting in 2015, a new Dungeons & Dragons film began development at Warner Bros. Pictures with the film reportedly starring Ansel Elgort and Rob Letterman directing.[1][2] In December 2017, after varying degrees of progression the film was moved to Paramount Pictures, Sweetpea Entertainment, and Allspark Pictures, scheduled for release date of July 23, 2021.[3][4] That same year, Joe Manganiello, an avid fan of the role-playing game, took it upon himself to revitalize the progression of a film adaptation. The actor revealed that he had been negotiating the rights to make the film, while Manganiello and John Cassel were hired to co-write the script for the project.[5]

By February of the following year, the project had reentered development as a co-production with Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis producing from Paramount Pictures, and Allspark Pictures. Negotiations began with Chris McKay to serve as director.[6] David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick had completed a draft of the script.[7] In March 2019, it was revealed that Michael Gillio had completed a rewrite of Johnson-McGoldrick's work with studio executives expressing excitement for the film. The studio is in negotiations with various talent, as the casting process begins.[8]

In July 2019, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein entered early negotiations to direct the film.[9] By January 2020, the filmmaking duo announced that they had co-written a new draft of the script.[10] Later that year, the film's release date shifted from November 19, 2021 to May 27, 2022.[11]

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer(s) Cinematographer Editor Production
Running time
Dungeons & Dragons Justin Caine Burnett Douglas Milsome Caroline Ross Behavior Worldwide
Silver Pictures
Sweetpea Entertainment
New Line Cinema 1hr 48min
Dungeons & Dragons:
Wrath of the Dragon God
David Julyan Igor Meglic Rodney Holland Skyline Dungeons & Dragons, Ltd.
Studio Hamburg WorldWide Pictures
Sweetpea BVI, Ltd.
Zinc Entertainment, Inc.
Syfy Original Films 1hr 45min
Dungeons & Dragons 3:
The Book of Vile Darkness
Andy & Taylor Stewart Emil Topuzov Rebecca Weigold Bomar OOD
Zince Entertainment, Inc.
After Dark Films
IM Global, LLC 1hr 26min
Dungeons & Dragons TBA TBA TBA Paramount Pictures
Sweetpea Entertainment
Entertainment One
Allspark Pictures
Paramount Pictures TBA


Film Award Category Subject Result
Dungeons & Dragons Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[12] Worst Picture Courtney Solomon Nominated
Thomas M. Hammel Nominated
Kia Jam Nominated
Steve Richards Nominated
Worst Sense of Direction Courtney Solomon Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Jeremy Irons Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Thora Birch Nominated
Worst On-Screen Group The entire cast Nominated
Most Intrusive Musical Score Justin Caine Burnett Nominated
Least "Special" Special Effects Nominated
Most Unfunny Comic Relief Marlon Wayans as Snails Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Supporting Young Actress Thora Birch Nominated
Saturn Awards Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award Nominated

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Dungeons & Dragons (2000) 10% (92 reviews)[13] 14% (25 reviews)[14] C+[15]
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God N/A (2 reviews)[16] N/A N/A
Dungeons & Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness N/A N/A N/A
Dungeons & Dragons (2022) TBA TBA TBA

In other media[edit]

Wizards of the Coast released a Fast-Play Game based on the film The Sewers of Sumdall. It is a DVD-ROM feature on the DVD as a printable PDF file.[17][18]


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  6. ^ Justin Kroll (2018-02-20). "'Nightwing' Director Eyed for 'Dungeons and Dragons' at Paramount – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  7. ^ Fuster, Jeremy. "David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to Write 'Aquaman' Sequel (Exclusive)". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Paramount's 'DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS' Gets a New Script, Search for Lead Begins". That Hashtag Show. 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
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  10. ^ Jonathan GoldsteinVerified account (2019-03-17). "Jonathan Goldstein on Twitter: "This just in... #dnd‌ "". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  11. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (2020-04-24). "'Mission: Impossible' Sequels Get Pushed Back". Variety. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
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  18. ^ "Dungeons & Dragons (New Line Platinum Series): Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2013-10-18.

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