Sunday, 17 January 2021

JOHN WICK writer tapped to develop DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS TV series

Hasbro and their inhouse studio, eOne, have tapped John Wick writer Derek Kolstad to develop a Dungeons and Dragons TV series proposal for them.

Hasbro are eyeing transferring the popular Dungeons and Dragons fantasy multiverse to the screen in the form of a mixed media approach consisting of video games, films and TV shows. A number of video games are on the way, including Dark Alliance and Baldur's Gate III (both tapped for a late 2021 release), whilst Paramount and eOne are in negotiations with Chris Pine for him to star in a feature film slated to begin shooting later this year in the Titanic Studios in Belfast (where Game of Thrones was previously based).

Hasbro began developing a TV series a couple of months ago and are apparently looking for multiple pitches, with a view to putting several projects in development simultaneously.

Kolstad is best known for his work on all three John Wick movies. He has also written several episodes of the imminent MCU TV show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and is working on the script for the long-gestating Just Cause movie.

The multimedia approach for Dungeons and Dragons is a lot more appropriate than for most properties. D&D, despite its reputation for standard fantasy tropes, actually spans a multitude of very different worlds, including the more traditional Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance settings, the post-apocalyptic Dark Sun world, the dark horror of Ravenloft, the surreal multidimensional Planescape universe and the steampunk setting of Eberron.

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