John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct the Dungeons & Dragons movie for Paramount Pictures, according to Variety. The duo is replacing Chris McKay, who left the project to work on Skydance film Ghost Draft with Chris Pratt.
The script for the Dungeons & Dragons movie will be written by Michael Gillio. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis are producing.
Goldstein and Daley, who were previously attached to direct The Flash for Warner Bros. Pictures, most recently directed New Line’s Game Night, which grossed $117.7 million worldwide in 2018 on a budget of just $37 million. They also directed Vacation in 2015 and wrote the Horrible Bosses films, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The big screen adaptation of the Dungeon & Dragons tabletop role-playing game is part of the deal between Paramount Pictures and Hasbro. It will be developed by Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures.
Dungeons & Dragons been bringing gamers together for more than 45 years with its diverse offering of products, including books, video games and livestream entertainment on Twitch and YouTube. Because Dungeons & Dragons is a cooperative roleplaying game in which players take on fantastical roles such as fighters, rogues, and wizards to overcome challenges set up by the Dungeon Master, it has inspired actors, directors, artists, comedians and storytellers in all kinds of media.