New Weekly Feature:  If Only WOTC Would…

This article marks the first of hopefully many in which we at Crimson Bastards dare to suggest a course of action for the mighty Wizards of the Coast to take. Will the mighty creators of worlds hear our voice…probably not, but it’s still fun to imagine.

This week we think to ourselves…if only WOTC would get the ball rolling on a quality live action version of Dragonlance: The Chronicles. I know this topic has been an undead horse for more than two decades, but there is no doubt that Fantasy geeks all over the country would show up in droves to see a real film version of Weiss and Hickman’s classic trilogy. The timing is right for this movie, on the heels of other successful epics like LOTR, Harry Potter and Twilight. American consumers have shown that they’re willing to pay money to see well-produced fantasy cinema.

The Chronicles definitely provide the right mix of action, drama, and character depth for a serious blockbuster or at the very least a cult favorite that will make tons of money on the backend with DVD and On-Demand. I’m sure WOTC would be willing to allow a major production company make the movie if said company was willing to make a “bend-over” deal for the rights, but isn’t it fun to think of how great it could be if only WOTC would pursue some real Hollywood talent like Peter Jackson or Joss Whedon? One dares to dream.

Oh well, I must close with an indulgence that never gets old thanks to a constantly changing crop of actors…What should the cast be if there was a real Chronicles movie?

  • Tanis – Viggo Mortensen
  • Kitiara – Kate Beckinsale
  • Caramon – Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
  • Raistlin – Robert Downey Jr.
  • Tasslehoff – Billy Boyd (Pippen…two actors from LOTR isn’t too many)
  • Laurana – Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
  • Fizban – Matt Smith (they could make him look really old)

Okay, I know there’s many more, but that’s what the comments section is for, so please share your thoughts. You may think I’m full of Draconian dung or need Tika’s frying pan upside my head (and maybe I am/do), but I believe it’s high time WOTC went knocking on some doors in Hollywood.

3 Responses to “New Weekly Feature: If Only WOTC Would…”

  1. Great article Allen. I confess to finding myself thinking about this every time a new fantasy movie comes out.

  2. I like RDJ as much as the next guy, but I am not sure he is a good fit for Raistlin. I remember an issue of Wizard Magazine in the 90′s that did a casting call for the DragonLance series. Kind of sad that the movies still have not been made yet.

  3. Twilight and “well-produced fantasy cinema” in adjacent sentences? Careful, there. :P

    I think if Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight the animated film has taught us anything, it’s that you can shove all the big names you want into a production and still end up with a huge mound of steaming fail.

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