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An unnamed Dungeons & Dragons movie is currently in planning and expected to be set in the Forgotten Realms.

It is rumored to be titled Dungeons & Dragons: The Hand of Chaos.[1]


Following a lawsuit over the rights to a D&D movie and months of negotiation between Hasbro's Allspark Pictures, Warner Bros., and Sweet Pea Entertainment, it was announced on August 3, 2015, that plans were underway to make another movie based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Furthermore, it is to be set in the popular and long-running Forgotten Realms campaign setting. According to Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros., "We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."[2][3]

It had a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans, The Conjuring 2). At the time, it was to be produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon), together with Hasbro's chief executive Brian Goldner and chief content officer Stephen Davis; and Courtney Solomon (known for the original Dungeons & Dragons in 2000) and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment. It is to be produced at Warner Bros. studios, which was behind such fantasy works as Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans, the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit trilogy, and 300: Rise of an Empire.[2][3] John Middelton of Vertigo and Allan Zeman were later reported to be executive producers. According to The Tracking Board on March 31 and Variety on May 13, Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels, Goosebumps) was later confirmed to direct the D&D movie for Warner Bros. after a successful presentation to executives.[4][3][5]

Nevertheless, commentators at Collider and io9, as well as fan Entromancer at the Candlekeep forum, expected that the success or failure of the Warcraft movie would decide whether Warner Bros. would indeed go ahead with the movie.[6][7][8] Although receiving negative reviews and having poor performance in the US box office, Warcraft did extremely well internationally, and so the D&D movie appears to be going ahead.

According to rumor, producers were looking for an actor like Vin Diesel, a well-known D&D fan himself.[4] On June 27, 2016, it was reported that Ansel Elgort (The Divergent Series, The Fault in Our Stars) was in early talks to star in the D&D movie.[9]

Germain Lussler of io9 speculates the movie could be released in 2018.[5]


In an interview with Collider at DICE 2016, Roy Lee suggested the movie would be an ensemble picture, having a group of main characters, and that it would have an adventurous feel, commenting that "This new Dungeons & Dragons will be a Guardians of the Galaxy–tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe. Because when you think of all the Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings, they have an earnestness to them, and to see something fun, a Raiders romp inside that world, I feel is something the audience has not seen before." Lee expected the movie to move forward swiftly, expecting it to be greenlit in 2016. Of Warner Bros., he said "I believe they see Dungeons & Dragons as something that could be cultivated as a multi-universe movie where there will be spinoffs from the first movie being in Forgotten Realms and subsequent movies being in different worlds." He also promised that the movie would be going deep into the source material, and that the writer and others were all long-term D&D fans: "everyone who's involved with it now, especially the writer of the first draft is a fan from the very beginning starting with Chainmail, which turned into Dungeons & Dragons, so you’ll see things that are very faithful to the source material as well as new elements are being incorporated with help from Wizards of the Coast, who are giving a lot of input on the script." He revealed the movie would be entirely set within the Forgotten Realms, with the Yawning Portal Inn being a prominent feature and set piece of the movie.[6]

The Tracking Board reported that the movie would be an action-adventure based around a warrior and a band of creatures including a cunning gnome and a half-dragon on a perilous quest to find a mythical treasure.[4] Furthermore, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News claimed to have seen a first draft of the script, which had since been rewritten by David Leslie Johnson. The movie was apparently named Dungeons & Dragons: The Hand of Chaos, and was an "object quest–style D&D story", described as more like Indiana Jones than Warcraft, with competitors and traitors, magic and monsters. Characters are said to include Raven Hightower, a man with long hair, beard, and dark sunken eyes with a flaming sword; a gnome cutpurse, a bald warlock, and a half-dragon, possibly fighting a gnoll at some point.[1] Incidentally, The Hand of Chaos shares a name with a fantasy novel by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, noted writers of the Dragonlance D&D setting.


Characters in the movie are rumored to be:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Knowles (2016-06-27). Ansel Elgort draws a magical flamesword for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: THE HAND OF CHAOS!!!. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maane Khatchatourian (2015-08-03). 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie in Works at Warner Bros. as Lawsuit Ends. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Eriq Gardner (2015-08-03). 'Dungeons & Dragons' Legal Settlement Paves Way for New Movie. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Josh Lyons (2016-03-31). {Exclusive} “Goosebumps” Director Rob Letterman Ready To Play “Dungeons & Dragons” At Warner Bros.. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Germain Lussler (2016-05-13). The New Dungeons & Dragons Movie Has a Director. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Matt Goldberg (2016-02-23). Exclusive: New 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie Will Be Like 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in a Tolkien-Like Universe. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  7. Germain Lussier (20150-04-08). The Dungeons & Dragons Movie of Your Dreams Is Rolling Your Way. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  8. Entromancer (2016-05-21). Forgotten Realms movie. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  9. Dave McNary (2016-06-27). 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie in Works at Warner Bros. as Lawsuit Ends. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.

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