Documentary “Dungeons and Dragons” in Hasbro’s Entertainment One Works; Joe Manganiello and Kyle Newman Directing
The definitive documentary on the original tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons is under construction. Deadline reports that Hasbro’s entertainment production company, Entertainment One, is producing a new documentary about the classic tabletop RPG.
The new project is directed by the actor, J&D writer and official ambassador Joe Manganiello (true blood, Spider Man, magic mike) with Kyle Newman (1UP, barely deadly, Fanboys). The film is currently in the works for a 2024 release which will coincide with the tabletop game’s 50th anniversary.
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HASBRO PRODUCING NEW DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS DOCUMENTARY
Dungeons and Dragons was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and first published by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. in 1974. The game has been published by Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast since 1997. Supervised by a Dungeon Master, the players form a party of adventurers and go on a quest in various fantasy worlds. Over the years, Dungeons and Dragons has attracted over 50 million players since its initial release.
The planned documentary will draw on 400 hours of never-before-seen archived footage dating back to the game’s inception in the early 1970s. Manganiello, Newman and Adam F. Goldberg reportedly spent years pursuing the exclusive rights to the footage. The film will also feature exclusive interviews with celebrity fans of the game, as well as Wizards of the Coast giving filmmakers insider access to highly confidential game and brand developments. This would be the first time Wizards of the Coast has granted this level of access to the game and J&D Mark.
Meanwhile, eOne and Paramount are also preparing a new big budget feature based on the franchise, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Thieves. The film hits theaters in March 2023. Additionally, Deadline reports that eOne is also collaborating on several scripted film and television projects based on other notable Hasbro IPs as part of the company’s event to offer multi-channel fan entertainment based on some of his most beloved. brands.
Manganiello will also produce the upcoming documentary project alongside his brother, Nick Manganiello, Anthony Savini and Cecily Tyler. It is produced by Tara Long and Geno McDermott for eOne, with major Dungeons & Dragons scholar Jon Peterson, Goldberg and Newman.
Manganiello is passionate Dungeons and Dragons fan and gamer, and he has hosted campaigns with celebrity guests. Co-director Kyle Newman also worked on the documentary Raiders: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, and he wrote the book, Dungeons and Dragons: Art and Arcanaalongside Jon Peterson.
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With so much history and influence behind this property, Hasbro creating a documentary about its definitive history and its creation seems like an incredible idea. Not to mention, it seems like a great way to celebrate the brand’s longevity and history to go along with the upcoming 50th anniversary. J&D has truly stood the test of time.
Meanwhile, the new live-action Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves The film hits theaters on March 3, 2023. The film is co-directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It also stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis and Hugh Grant.
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