In December it was revealed that a new big-screen adaptation of the classic role-playing game property Dungeons & Dragons was in development. It has now been reported that Paramount is looking to bring The Lego Movie‘s Chris McKay on board as director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McKay is in negotiations with the studio to helm the film. McKay was the animation director on the hugely successful The Lego Movie, and was a producer on last year’s Lego Ninjago Movie. He is also developing a Nightwing movie at DC.
The Dungeons & Dragons reboot currently has a release date of July 23, 2021. Baby Driver lead Ansel Elgort has reportedly been in talks to star, but beyond that, no further news is known about the project. An earlier Dungeons & Dragons movie was released in 2001, but it was a commercial failure and poorly received by critics.
McKay’s Nightwing movie hasn’t currently got a release date, but the director has previously spoken about his plans for it. In December he explained why he was drawn to the character. “I think that [Nightwing] is so unique in the history of comics, because no other character really grows up,” he said.
“Spider-Man kind of perpetually stays within an age range. All these other characters–Reed Richards’ greying temples are always that. Robin grew up from being a kid and working with Batman, and then leaving Batman, and then going off and becoming his own thing and several versions of his own things.”