Dungeons & Dragons live-action TV series lands straight-to-series order at Paramount Plus


Dungeons & Dragons live-action TV series lands straight-to-series order at Paramount Plus from writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber

While Paramount Pictures is preparing the release of their highly-anticipated movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – which Chris Pine said is a mix between Game of Thrones and Princess Bride – the studio has landed a D&D TV series.

The studio’s streaming service Paramount Plus has handed out an eight-episode order for a live-action Dungeons & Dragons TV series, via Deadline.

Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice) will write the pilot script and direct the first episode of the series, which will be a co-production between Paramount Pictures and eOne.

Movie: While Paramount Pictures is preparing the release of their highly-anticipated movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – which Chris Pine said is a mix between Game of Thrones and Princess Bride – the studio has landed a D&D TV series

New series: The studio's streaming service Paramount Plus has handed out an eight-episode order for a live-action Dungeons & Dragons TV series, via Deadline

New series: The studio’s streaming service Paramount Plus has handed out an eight-episode order for a live-action Dungeons & Dragons TV series, via Deadline 

Rawson: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice) will write the pilot script and direct the first episode of the series, which will be a co-production between Paramount Pictures and eOne

Rawson: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice) will write the pilot script and direct the first episode of the series, which will be a co-production between Paramount Pictures and eOne

eOne, which is said to be the ‘lead studio’ on the project, first shopped the series around in November, attracting a number of suitors.

Paramount ultimately landed the series in what was described as a ‘competitive situation’ though it isn’t clear what other networks and/or streamers were vying for it.

Both eOne and Paramount Pictures are also producing the upcoming movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, in theaters March 31.

Landed: Paramount ultimately landed the series in what was described as a 'competitive situation' though it isn't clear what other networks and/or streamers were vying for it

Landed: Paramount ultimately landed the series in what was described as a ‘competitive situation’ though it isn’t clear what other networks and/or streamers were vying for it

The series is said to have been a ‘major focus’ for eOne’s President of Global Television Michael Lombardo, after the company was acquired by Hasbro in 2019.

Little is known about the story for the live-action series, though it is said to be the studio’s largest-scope TV project ever that could potentially launch a franchise of both scripted and unscripted programs.

Gabriel Marano, eOne’s EVP Scripted Television, is overseeing the TV series, though it’s unclear if it will tie into the upcoming movie at all.

Focus: The series is said to have been a 'major focus' for eOne's President of Global Television Michael Lombardo, after the company was acquired by Hasbro in 2019

Focus: The series is said to have been a ‘major focus’ for eOne’s President of Global Television Michael Lombardo, after the company was acquired by Hasbro in 2019

The original Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974.

The game grew quickly in popularity and it has been published by Hasbro subsidary Wizards of the Coast since 1997.

It was estimated in 2017 that the game had between 12 million and 15 million players in just North America alone. 

Game: The original Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974

Game: The original Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974

Thurber made his feature directorial debut with 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which he followed up with 2008’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

He went on to direct the 2013 hit comedy We’re The Millers with Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, and Central Intelligence, his first movie with Dwayne Johnson.

He’d reunite with The Rock in 2018’s Skyscraper and 2021’s Red Notice, and he’s currently filming a Red Notice sequel. 

Debut: Thurber made his feature directorial debut with 2004's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which he followed up with 2008's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Debut: Thurber made his feature directorial debut with 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which he followed up with 2008’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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