Goosebumps director Rob Letterman has been tapped by Warner Bros. to helm the studio’s upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie, from a script by David Leslie Jones (Wrath of the Titans, Orphan).
According to The Tracking Board, sources claim that Letterman will direct the new big-screen adaptation of the popular fantasy role-playing game created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, which was first released in 1974 and quickly made its way into the hearts (and basements) of geeks everywhere. Of course, take this with a grain of salt until it's officially confirmed.
Before Goosebumps (which made $150 million worldwide on an estimated $58 million budget, proving also that Letterman could handle movies with special effects), the director got his start working in animation and wrote and directed Shark Tale and Monsters vs. Aliens.
Among the list of producers for the new Dungeons & Dragons movie is Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment and Courtney Solomon through his Sweetpea Entertainment. If Solomon’s name rings a bell, it’s because he directed that abysmal Dungeons & Dragons film for New Line back in 2000.
Here’s what producer Roy Lee said about a month ago about this brand-new adaptation:
“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.”
There is no casting news yet, but rumor has it that the producers are looking to cast a Vin Diesel type for the fantasy movie’s lead character. Since Diesel has said he was a longtime fan of the game (dude admitted he’s played it for over 20 years) and he’s been in Guardians of the Galaxy, why not try and go for the big man himself? Food for thought.
Do you guys think Rob Letterman has what it takes to bring the high fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons to the big screen?
(via The Tracking Board)