Paramount’s Dungeons and Dragons show will not be connected to the film

Paramount rolls the dice on dungeons, both in theaters and now on Paramount+. But what exactly are the plans behind Paramount’s DM screen?

On Tuesday, meeting reports Paramount+ will be home to a live-action TV series based on dungeons, the popular fantasy role-playing game. The untitled series, which was first reported in 2022, has an eight-episode direct order. Executive Producer Rawson Marshall Thurber (skyscraper, Red notice) wrote the pilot script and will direct the first episode.

meeting Mentions that the untitled show is set to be “the studio’s biggest TV project ever,” designed to launch its own shared universe that will include scripted “rather than scripted” content (this hints at plans for live play shows where the contestants will actually play D&D on set, possibly in front of a live audience).

Above all, meeting makes no significant mention of the upcoming film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Additionally, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s eOne are collaborating on both projects. At a time when the cinematic universe is still fashionable, it’s fascinating how many media adaptations of D&D are in progress unrelated to each other. A source tells The opposite The show doesn’t share a universe with the upcoming film, but future crossovers haven’t been ruled out.

Perhaps the split is in the fans’ favour. Featuring an all-star cast including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page and Hugh Grant, honor among thieves tells an original story with new characters. It is set in the Forgotten Realms, one of the most prominent campaign settings in D&D’s official canon. But like Marvel and DC, D&D supports a multiverse with many different worlds and stories to adapt.

A live-action D&D series is coming to Paramount+ but has no affiliation with it Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which hits theaters on March 31st. Paramount Pictures

Locations like Blackmoor and Greyhawk, the latter conceived by D&D co-creator Gary Gygax, are among the oldest. Another setting, Dragonlance, published by Luara and Tracy Hickman in 1984, was an early example of a shared universe with spin-off novels and video games based on the setting. The Hickmans also designed Ravenloft, a world modeled after gothic horror.

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Each of them could well serve as a basis for the new series. honor among thieves may appeal to a wide audience, including many viewers who have likely never rolled 20-sided dice before, while the streaming series may appeal to more dedicated fans. Likewise, in the Forgotten Realms, the series can still tell its own story. Maybe it revolves around popular characters like the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden, who has starred in several popular novels.

Speculations are open to Thurber dungeons, since the Paramount+ series does not yet have a title that can indicate the direction. if thieves lands a critical hit at the box office, plans for linking the two could change. Somebody at Paramount has to dream of bridging all these screen versions of D&D together à la Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as anyone who plays D&D knows, that can just end up lining up people’s schedules.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves opens in cinemas on March 31st.

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