Wizards of the Coast aka Hasbro now owns and manages the property once owned by TSR Games, and I hope the history will be acknowledged when Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves hits theatres early next year.
To not pay tribute to these roots will have fandom make a public outcry. Instead of Greyhawk, the realm is known as Forgotten Realms.
Dungeons & Dragons, at its core, are about adventuring and delving into worlds to which the storyteller, the Dungeon Master, reveals through improv, acting, and theatrics. Players will often respond in kind, and that’s why we enjoy watching twitch streams and YouTube broadcasts of celebrity talents playing the game. From Critical Role to Ready to Roll (our favourite and interview can be read here), the list doesn’t end there.
Past attempts to translate the game to cinema forgot what the enjoyment is about. That was three films ago (including the maligned Dragonlance animation), which met mixed responses from fans and critics alike. Today’s trailer looks terrific and the plan is to restart everything. It not only brings familiar monsters back but also borrows from Guardians of the Galaxy! The light hearted nature and mix of familiar tunes may be what reigniting the franchise needs. Plus, the way Pine is like Pratt’s Starlord is very telling!
The Official Dungeons and Dragons Honor Among Thieves Plot Description
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. This upcoming movie brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary role-playing game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves stars Chris Pine who plays a bard, Michelle Rodriguez the barbarian, Rege-Jean Page a paladin, Sophia Lillis a druid, Justice Smith a mage. Hugh Grant has an undisclosed role, and this movie is directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.
Other sources confirm this movie takes place across the Forgotten Realms, namely Waterdeep, Neverwinter, Icewind Dale, and the Underdark. We’ll see red and black dragons, gelantinous cubes, mimics, displacer beasts, and owl bears as this trailer reveals. Also rumoured, according to Comicbook.com, is the cast from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon making an appearance.
If that’s not enough, then fans will have to wait for the Gygax family seal of approval.