Dungeons & Dragons is getting second chance at big screen glory.
Rights for the enduringly popular role-playing game have been acquired Warner Bros., Deadline reported on Tuesday. The studio is already developing a feature film adaptation of the game, which will be produced by Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon) and Courtney Soloman (An American Haunting). Set to write the script is David Leslie Johnson, whom Deadline describes as a protoge of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile).
This isn’t the first silver-screen attempt for Dungeons & Dragons, a game which has been around since 1974. A feature film based on the game starring Jeremy Irons was released in 2000 but bombed at the box office, earning less than $34 million worldwide, short of its reported $45 million budget. Soloman also produced that movie, which was distributed by New Line Cinema, now owned by Warner Bros. A made-for-TV sequel and a direct-to-DVD sequel followed in 2005 and 2012.
The news of the acquisition has interesting timing since one Warner Bros. property will prominently feature Dungeons & Dragons this week: this Thursday’s episode of The Big Bang Theory has the gang playing D&D.