In addition to being ridiculously handsome, Joe Manganiello is also a hardcore Dungeons and Dragons fan. So, he’s written a script and is currently trying to get the movie made. Whatever he’s cooking up, it can’t be much worse than those other D&D movies, right?
Manganiello stopped by MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and revealed just how far he’s taken the initiative, to the point that he literally held a full-on creative summit with Wizards of the Coast. Manganiello is certainly a mid-size Hollywood name, and you’d think he brings some knowledge and passion to the project, actually being a fan of the game. His description of his approach to the series certainly sounds spot-on. Who knows, could the True Blood star be the hero fans have been waiting for?
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“Last year with a playwright I went to Carnegie Mellon with, I actually made a draft of a film, and now we're talking to all the right parties. I had a two-day creative summit with the Wizards of the Coast...we had like a two-day summit about where the movie could go or TV series, products, synergy, the whole deal…
Obviously there's a spectacle. There's dragons, breathing fire and lightning. That's the biggest draw in Game of Thrones...[but] what makes a great fantasy or superhero movie is the human aspect. It's gotta be about something. We root for those characters in Game of Thrones. Fellowship of the Ring was about friendship and this undying love for your friends and doing anything for your friends, and I think that's something people can identify with...So I think when a movie is about something human and real emotionally, people are wanna go see it. And then if you get some dragons and breathing fire, I mean, hey, I'm in.”
Manganiello has said he wants to work in front of, and behind, the camera on the project if he can ever manage to get it off the ground. What do you think? Could he actually get D&D right?