Over twenty years after a previous and rather dismal feature film adaptation, “Dungeons & Dragons” takes another shot at the big screen with a much more solid pedigree with the upcoming “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”.
The first trailer for the feature boasts a red dragon with a design that feels very much out of the game from Wizards of the Coast and suggests those involved have done their research.
Co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and producer Jeremy Latcham spoke with Collider recently about their approach to the creatures in the film and Goldstein confirms they “have very specific descriptions and specifications of what each dragon is.”
They go on to confirm they have a red dragon in this, one based on a character in the lore. They started with the basic design straight out of the game and books but then added their own little twist to it in an effort to give people something not seen before. Daley says:
“People love dragons, people love dinosaurs, they love these big, mammoth creatures. And we knew we needed to make it something that sets itself apart a little bit from what people are used to. And because it’s D&D, we have the license to do that because it’s all about finding that unique aesthetic. So, we’re excited.”
Latcham says Wizards of the Coast supervised the whole dragon design process to ensure everything in it would fit within canon:
“They are kind of like real wizards. No, they were very involved though, in the actual design of the dragon. It was tremendously weighed on a ton of stuff in the lore, but the dragons themselves, there was so much lore-specific stuff about exactly where the fin goes and exactly how the thumb works.”
“Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is slated to hit cinemas on March 3rd 2023.