John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to helm the long-in-development ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ movie for Paramount. They replace Chris McKay who was attached to the project last year. It appears that McKay has moved on to sci-fi flick ‘Ghost Draft’ which has Chris Pratt attached to star. Daley and Goldstein were attached to direct ‘The Flash’ for Warner Brothers, but left that project. Andy Muschietti is rumored to be taking that over.
Reportedly, in March, Michael Gilio submitted a final script for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and execs loved it. This take was described as “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’-tone movie in a Tolkien-like universe,” and “a ‘Raiders [of the Lost Ark’] romp inside that world.” At that time, Paramount was hoping to land Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Foxx, Joel Edgerton, Dave Bautista, Jeremy Renner, or Johnny Depp to star. ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ is scheduled for release on November 19, 2021, which is still doable.
In 2015, Warner Brothers planned to make ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ starring Ansel Elgort, but eventually, the rights moved over to Paramount, who has a production deal in place with Hasbro, who own the rights to the role-playing game. Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis will produce for AllSpark Pictures, Hasbro’s movie division. Daley and Goldstein were part of the writers room for a series of Hasbro shared universe movies, including ‘Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light’ and ‘M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand’.
Daley and Goldstein directed the comedies ‘Vacation’ and ‘Game Night’. They are also attached to direct ‘Vacation Guide to the Solar System’ based on the book by Jana Grcevich and Olivia Koski, and an original horror-comedy ‘The Creeps’. The pair previously contributed to the screenplay for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and recently produced the action-comedy ‘Stuber’.
It looks as though this picture is inching closer to becoming a reality! Check back for updates.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter