Lending a new lease of life to Warner Bros.’ long-in-development Dungeons & Dragons movie today is Rob Letterman who, according to The Tracking Board, is in line to helm the big-budget fantasy feature.
Best known for Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale and, more recently, Goosebumps, Letterman will reportedly steer the iconic role-playing game onto the silver screen, via a script penned by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Jones.
Boasting a legacy that stretches all the way back to the mid-70s, few media franchises hold a candle to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s Dungeons & Dragons. In its meandering path to theaters, Warner has cited both J.R.R. Tolkien and James Gunn’s rip-roaring space opera Guardians of the Galaxy as cinematic touchstones.
Now on the hunt for a cast to headline the fantasy epic – reports close to production claim WB is eyeing a charismatic actor in the vein of Vin Diesel, self-proclaimed D&D fan – Letterman’s action-adventure tale “centers on a warrior and his band of mystical creatures – including a half-dragon and a cunning gnome – as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.”
Among the many producers guiding Dungeons & Dragons are Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon – director of New Line’s 2000 adaptation – Allan Zeman and The LEGO Movie‘s Roy Lee. No word yet on a release date for Letterman’s rendition, though we can’t imagine Warner’s fantasy feature hitting theaters anytime before late 2017.