Joe Manganiello will have to empty his outfit bag to make room for all the gold coins Dungeons & Dragons fans will throw his way in 2024. true blood alumnus and official Dungeons & Dragons Ambassador is co-directing a Dungeons & Dragons documentary presented by Hasbro and eOne. The project is “the definitive feature-length documentary on the world’s greatest role-playing game”, and is scheduled for the classic RPG’s 50th anniversary in 2024.
In addition to stepping behind the camera with the feature’s fellow director, Kyle Newman, Manganiello will produce alongside his brother Nick Manganiello, Anthony Savini and Cecily Tyler. Tara Long and Geno McDermott produce through eOne with D&D specialist Jon Peterson, Adam F. Goldberg, and Newman.
“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to be back behind the camera for another documentary, this time with the D&D dream team of Jon, Kyle and my brother and producing partner Nick. I have experienced the rise and fall and rebirth of this legacy brand that has not only meant so much to me, but has served as a source of creativity for an entire generation of writers, artists and creative minds, influencing much of our culture,” said Manganiello. “None of this would have been possible without Nathan Stewart of Wizards of the Coast and my eternal boss from the HBO/’True Blood’ era, Michael Lombardo and the fantastic team at eOne.”
Manganiello’s untitled Dungeons & Dragons documentary will draw on over 400 hours of never-before-seen archived Dungeons & Dragons footage. Materials range from the creative origin of the game to interviews with fans and celebrities. The Manganiello Brothers have spent countless hours securing the exclusive rights to the stock footage and promise fans they won’t be disappointed with what they’ve acquired. The Manganiello brothers’ investment in the project is genuine and sincere as fans and representatives of the game.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working in the past with Joe on ‘True Blood’ among other projects and I can’t think of a better person more passionate about diving headfirst into the world of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ from the point from the perspective of players and fans,” said Michael Lombardo, head of global television at eOne. “The addition of Kyle Newman, Nick Manganiello and Jon Peterson also brings unique and multiple dimensions to the story we plan to document. As we approach 50 years of this incredible game universe, the time has come for a officially authorized account of the origins and current state of the game to its passionate fan from all walks of life and its global cultural impact.
As an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, I’m excited about this project. Manganiello is the real deal, and I can’t wait to see his passion for the game reflected in this Dungeons & Dragons documentary.