Paramount+ has handed out an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for a TV series adaptation of the wildly popular “Dungeons & Dragons” fantasy role-playing game franchise.
“Red Notice” filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber penned the pilot script and is set to direct the first episode. eOne and Paramount Pictures are behind the project, with the former shopping the project around in November.
Ultimately it has ended up at Paramount Pictures, which recently partnered with eOne to produce and co-finance Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley’s upcoming film “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” movie.
The series version will join “Halo” as another gaming title (albeit a video game in that case) making the jump to live-action form on the Paramount+ service. It is also tipped to be eOne’s largest-scope TV project ever, with plans to potentially launch a “Dungeons & Dragons” universe spanning multiple scripted and unscripted shows.
The games involve elves, orcs and other fantastical beings who engage in battles and treasure hunts, with multisided dice a signature element. More than 50 million fans have played D&D since it was first launched nearly fifty years ago.
Thurber, meanwhile, is currently penning two “Red Notice” sequels for Netflix and recently sold a pitch for a film adaptation of the animated series “Voltron” to Amazon which he will direct. Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Rege Jean-Page, Justice Smith and Hugh Grant co-star in the “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” film opening on March 31st.