‘John Wick’ Writer Derek Kolstad To Pitch A ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Television Series

by Erik Amaya

Would this count as a dexterity throw?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Wick writer Derek Kolstad is preparing a television show pitch for Dungeons & Dragons. The concept will be based on the table top role playing game devised by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson — and currently published by Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast — which empowers players to become any combination of mythical fantasy race, character class, and moral alignment. With a character “rolled,” said players set out to defeat powerful enemies, find loot where they can get it, and frustrate the Game Master; a friend who takes on the role of playing the rest of the fantasy realm, devises story, and attempts to foil the players’ plans. With 40+ years of lore, Kolstad has plenty of material to draw from, to say nothing of any potential campaigns he may have run in the past.

The project coincides with Paramount Pictures and eOne’s other Dungeons & Dragons project, a film reportedly starring Chris Pine. Since the world and characters of the game are so malleable, offering a film and television show at the same time will not cause continuity clashes or necessarily lead to crossover situations. Presume the projects are the works of separate Game Masters.

Nonetheless, it is interesting to see Hasbro’s entertainment arm work so hard on make D&D a constant media presence. It is a sharp contrast from thirty-five years ago, when parents groups worried the game was a gateway to Satanism. Now, its greatest threat may be as a merchandising juggernaut a la Star Wars.

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