[generic] RPG a day lockdown #31

#3
Just show a dungeon crawl.

I mean, make it medium budget, not low budget. A couple of movie actors backed up by 4 or 5 character actors. Logical dungeon. A typical party of D&D characters. (5th wouldn't work - too many cantrips.) Low level. Could even be a (non-basic) 1st level party. Really good script writers. Excellent cinematographer. Good director.

Don't go epic. Don't show the wider world. Bookend it with scenes in a Tavern if you want but keep most of the action within a single session dungeon delve. Classic rooms full of monsters and treasure. But you'll need a bit where they push it a bit too far and end up trapped inside and have to fight their way out, taking casualties and damage along the way. 7th samurai-ish.

Thinking about it, the team behind Dredd might be able to do a decent job,

Just DO D&D and not use D&D to make YOUR film.
 
#5
Make it a TV series, dungeon crawl as Simon said. Stick to straight-up classes and species, use classic magic and Mythic Underworld tropes. Bash those doors open, spike them so they don't shut on their own. Wandering monsters just spawning down there. Chests mysteriously filling with silver in otherwise empty rooms.

Don't Make Up Stuff.

Bloody halflings biting your kneecaps.

Wait, does that only happen in my games?
 
#7
Considering stuff like One Piece and One Punch Man that have hundreds of episodes and hordes of fans, couldn't they give it to a Japanese anime studio? I mean, I happily watched One Piece (and indeed Yu-Gi-Oh!) for a while and it's engaging fun with bright colours and brilliant action. Forget a film – make it a mainstay of TV viewing in digestible 22-minute episodes.
 
#9
Don't try to make a "D&D movie". Make a genuinely good fantasy movie set in one of the D&D worlds. Of the current crop, Ravenloft and Eberron would be the most interesting, with Ravenloft the easier sell.

Curse of Strahd: the movie. I can imagine it.

A crap movie would do more harm than good. And some things in D&D simply would not translate well.

(Edit: I think a TV series would work better than a movie, but that wasn't the question.)
 
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#11
Just show a dungeon crawl.
Isn't that just going to be fight scene after fight scene after fight scene? That's gonna slam hard against my boredom threshold. The most recent Conan movie was dull as ditch-water for that very reason - all fight, fight, fight and not enough plot. Plus what little plot there was in Conan, was thinner than the gruel fed to Oliver Twist. The only plot in a dungeon crawl is the squabbling over who gets the +1 sword! :)
 

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#12
Don't try to make a "D&D movie". Make a genuinely good fantasy movie set in one of the D&D worlds. Of the current crop, Ravenloft and Eberron would be the most interesting, with Ravenloft the easier sell.

Curse of Strahd: the movie. I can imagine it.

A crap movie would do more harm than good. And some things in D&D simply would not translate well.

(Edit: I think a TV series would work better than a movie, but that wasn't the question.)
Good points from @dr_mitch.

You could also take one of the Waterdeep scenarios and do a gritty PCs in the underworld take. Make the magic etc visibly D&D but give it a plot.

This issue with going pure D&D is that dungeon crawls are pretty boring as a spectator, and the dragon quests have been done to death. You need a plot and characters the viewer can invest in.
 
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