The project is looking to coincide with the game’s 50th anniversary.
Since its inception in the 1970s by the late Gary Gygax, roleplaying board game Dungeons & Dragons was and still is the top choice of roleplaying enthusiasts the world over. With numerous revisions and updates, not to mention infinite potential for homebrew kits, the game has amassed a longstanding and faithful fanbase. Additionally, it has proven itself viable for entertainment development, inspiring a variety of films and shows over the years. The next D&D film, however, won’t be about the setting, but about the game itself.
Entertainment One, a division of Hasbro, has revealed that they are currently working on a Dungeons & Dragons documentary. The project will be directed by D&D writer Joe Manganiello and Kyle Newman. Nick Manganiello, Anthony Savini and Hasbro president of Wizards of the Coast and digital gaming Cecily Tyler have been attached to produce.
“As we approach 50 years of this incredible gaming universe, the time is right for an officially authorized telling of the game’s origins and current state of play to its passionate fanbase from all walks of life, and its global cultural impact,” Michael Lombardo, eOne’s head of global television, said in a statement.
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The producers of the documentary are hoping to have it out by 2024 in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original module’s release. The documentary is the latest effort of Entertainment One as they seek to utilize Hasbro’s vast stable of toy and game properties in new entertainment ventures.
“We see a bright future for Dungeons & Dragons. And we only see these opportunities growing over time as we invest in an end-to-end brand blueprint for Dungeons & Dragons, including blockbuster films and streaming TV, AAA video games and a major consumer products push and significant marketing tie-ins,” newly installed Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks said in a statement last April.