Just when you thought you had TV shows based on star warsMarvel, DC, The Lord of the Rings, Halo, and about 50 other major franchises weren’t enough, one of the biggest and baddest finally finds its way into the mix. eOne just announced that Rawson Marshall Thurber, the writer and director behind the Netflix hit red noticewill write and direct a pilot for an hour-long drama based on Dungeons & Dragons. The show is being sold to distributors with the goal of being the first in a growing franchise.
“We don’t want it to be just one show,” Michael Lombardo, president of Global Television for eOne, told Deadline, which broke the story. “So we’re building, developing a multi-pronged approach to television, a number of scripted and unscripted shows, and we hope to bring that to market early next year.” It was November and, well, here we are. Thurber is on board.
The writers have been kicking off the series for quite some time, with news of John Wick co-creator Derek Kolstad being among them last year. It’s unclear what Thurber brings that sold him the company, but his obviously good relationship with Netflix and access to A-list talent couldn’t have hurt him.
The show will likely follow a Dungeons & Dragons recently wrapped Paramount film starring Chris Pine and game night writer-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It’s slated for release in March 2023. And if this show really is the start of a bigger franchise with multiple spin-offs, you imagine it will somehow tie in, or at least take place, in the same world as the movie. .
Moreover, it almost goes without saying that a Dungeons & Dragons The TV show could absolutely work. The problem is that the world is so rich and full of different mythologies and characters, settling for just one thing is daunting. But if Thurber is on board, that decision has likely been made and must now be executed.
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