Brian Goldner, Hasbro CEO, said in an earnings call that a live-action Dungeons & Dragons TV show is in the early stages of development. The tabletop role-playing game, which Hasbro brought in the year 1999 is published by Wizards of the Coast. Hasbro also has a live-action film in the works, which will be directed by the writers of Spider-Man Homecoming, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Well, we would like to tell you that this is not the first time that the classic RPG has been adapted on the small screen. CBS ran a Saturday morning cartoon called the Dungeons & Dragoons from the years 1983-1985. The animated series focused on a group of friends who were transported to a fancy realm while riding a D&D-themed amusement park ride.
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They were guided through their adventures by Dungeon Master, a mentor. The show was canceled when it was in its third season, which resulted in the final episode of the third season written but unaired. There was also a film of the same name that was released in the year 2000.
However, the film performed poorly at the box office, but it did receive two sequels; one was made for television and one that went straight to video.
Now, Dungeons & Dragons is getting a live-action television adaptation. There were reports that, during a quarterly earnings call, CEO Brian Goldner said the entertainment division was in the very early stages of development on a new TV series.
The interest from broadcasters and streaming services doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In 2020, Dungeons & Dragons has experienced a 20% increase in year-to-date sales compared to 2019. The popularity of Dungeons & Dragons has exploded in recent years.
The release of the fifth edition in the year 2014 simplified the game rules and made it easier for new players to get started. The 2020 sales increase could also be due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic; Dungeons & Dragons is relatively easy to play via video chat.
Official media adaptations of Dungeons & Dragons have a notoriously rocky reputation. The 1980s cartoon is probably the most well-liked D&D adaptation; all three films in the live-action trilogy that kicked off in 2000 were extremely poorly received.
The counterpoint to that, though, is a successful and popular Livestream series like Critical Role, in which a group of professional voice actors plays D&D.