The indie studio has cracked a deal with Red Notice filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber to creatively manage a flagship live-action television series that is adapted from Hasbro’s extremely popular fantasy role-playing game franchise from Wizards of the Coast.
Thurber will serve as a scriptwriter, director, and also as executive producer in the hourlong project, which has been gathering interest from many buyers.
The Show Is Supposed to Come Out in Early 2023
Adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons for a television series has been “a big focus” for eOne after the company was acquired by Hasbro, eOne’s President of Global Television Michael Lombardo informed Deadline back in November.
Back then, as he said, “We don’t want it to just be one show, so we are building out, developing out a multi-pronged approach for television, several scripted shows and unscripted, and we hope to be taking this out to the marketplace early next year.”
The flagship live-action series, led by Thurber, is supposed to serve as a keystone of the TV universe since it goes on to expand.
Taking into consideration Netflix’s current collaboration with Thurber through the successful Red Notice film and with Dungeons & Dragons through the hit Television show Stranger Things, the streaming giant is expected to follow the Dungeons & Dragons Television show (and related offshoots), with other networks and streaming service also interested, according to sources.
Thurber is serving as writer, producer as well as director of Red Notice. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, which became Netflix’s most-viewed film of all time. He is supposed to be back again together with Johnson, Reynolds, and Gadot, for two spin-offs now in the development at Netflix.
Where Can We Watch the Much-awaited TV Series?
The D&D TV universe will be complimenting eOne’s film franchise. Production on eOne’s unnamed feature, combinedly produced and funded with Paramount, has been wrapped up recently. eOne will be the distributor in the United Kingdom and Canada, and among the rest of the world, it will be distributed by Paramount.
The series feature humans, elves, orcs, and other amazing creatures getting involved in wars, treasure hunts, and campaigns as well, the D&D game is managed by a host, popular as the Dungeon Master, and hires signature multi-sided dice.
Over 50 million fans have enjoyed playing D&D since it was first introduced 46 years earlier, along with videogames and Livestream entertainment over Twitch and YouTube.
The adaptation of the immensely popular television game had been a longer-for assignment, with several high-profile writers giving their take on the material as part of the process.
Thurber, who grew up at the peak of D&D’s fame in the 1980s, as featured in Stranger Things, also wrote and directed Central Intelligence, directed We’re the Millers, and wrote and directed Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
In television, he earlier created, directed and executive producer Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes Crimes On Television. He is repped by WME, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.
So deeply thrilled about this. Grew up playing the pnp version (lvl 13 lawful good paladin, holla!), enjoyed the heck outta @DDOUnlimited — learned to tell stories through (always) being the DM. Boyhood dreams do come true, ya’ll. Can’t wait to get cracking. https://t.co/ZkBXr5mkoX
— Rawson Thurber (@RawsonThurber) February 1, 2022