next March, Dungeons & Dragons – Honor for Thieves will arrive in cinemas all over the world, including the Italian ones.
In a new interview granted by the directors Jonathan Goldstein And John Francis Daley at Empire the theme of the ironic tones of the film was once again addressed, of the nuances which, according to the two filmmakers, will not offend in any way Dungeons & Dragons intended as a role-playing game.
The spirit of the game on which the film is based consists of a group of people who, sitting around a table, end up making fun of each other, but without making fun of the game itself. And our approach is the same. It all starts with the characters and the genre is something that doesn’t really make sense. What makes the audience interested in what they see is providing the answer to the question “Who are these characters that we’re following and why should we be emotionally invested?”. That’s always the approach we take regardless of the budget and scope of the film. Personally, I wouldn’t go out with anyone who takes everything too seriously. Indeed, for us it is something fun. Who is it that sets certain rules? We can’t automatically turn off the art of our brain that questions certain things, so we question certain aspects of the fantasy genre. Part of the fun of making a film like this is there too!
At Lucca Comics & Games 2022, we at BadTaste also touched on the issue during our exclusive interview with the two directors and with the producer Jeremy Latcham. In the chat – which you can find in full at this link – they explained to us:
Chris Pine once said that this film is somewhere between Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail…
[Ridono tutti, ndr.]
Can you contextualize this statement of your bard a little better?
Daley: Of course! Well we were inspired by a lot of things, like the aforementioned Monty Python and the Holy Grail or The Princess Bride. But yes, there are also some very iconic intellectual properties like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. They are sources of inspiration that we have undoubtedly explored for this film. But we also knew very well that it had to have an identity of its own.
Goldstein: It should also be said that there aren’t many people who approach fantasy with a sense of humor. But I specify that it is not a parody film or a comedy in the strict sense, it is more an action-adventure movie. But he has a sense of humor that he’s aware of.
But it’s like when I myself play D&D with friends. There are those who are more serious and those who laugh more. There is no one-size-fits-all rule.
Goldstein: In our film there are both approaches, the one more in the name of someone who wants to be a hero and that of someone who is more laughable.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thievesthe film by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Sophia Lillis and Hugh Grant based on the role-playing game of the same name, will be in theaters in March 2023.
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