This weekend saw South by South West (SXSW) and I have recently found that it has a little bit of everything, and sometimes a bunch of something you want to know a lot about. (Seriously check out the intel on the interactive section, it’s pretty freaking mind blowing!) What stood out to me among everything shown at the festival was an interesting pitch for a Dungeons and Dragons movie by Dan Harmon (showrunner for Community and Rick and Morty) starring none other than Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogan, and Will Ferrell.
The first thought I have? Hell yeah! Second thought? YEAH! The third? Wait a minute… (Let’s get classy, Meeple) Is this the D&D movie we want, but not the D&D movie we need? Now as profound and cliché as that sounds, I think it really is a question that needs asking. Before we get too crazy though, let’s watch what Dan Harmon actually said.
Well there you have it! A pitch for the ages, but should it be the one we put our geek weight behind? I honestly don’t know the answer. Part of me leans more and more towards no, but I can’t deny that I would happily throw my money around to see Seth Rogan, Patton Oswalt, and Will Ferrell essentially handle the scenario the D&D cartoon presented. I don’t feel that its in some sort of defense of that the thing I’ve loved for over fifteen years nor is it in danger of being mistreated or made fun of, but rather that the market isn’t necessarily lacking in movies like that. Your Highness falls into that category, the recently released (and hot damn you should have seen it already if not twice) Knights of Badassdom, or the Gamers series of films (The Gamers, Dorkness Rising, and Hands of Fate.)
It’s not like a serious movie in the fantasy genre can’t be done or even done well. You know those tiny indie films known as Lord of the Rings did alright for themselves. I think that given the right story and even trust, a Dungeons and Dragons movie could easily start a franchise and there is no lack of stories to be told or people who have told them in the past forty years. I don’t know that it will ever happen specifically under the Dungeons and Dragons branding again unless its straight to disc and/or digital download.
What say you though? Should we have a D&D movie that makes us laugh our asses of, or should it be one that goes for an academy award?