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Original Dungeons & Dragons Director Abandoned Chris Pine for Chris Pratt’s $200M Critical Disaster: “I kinda had to make a choice”

Original Dungeons & Dragons Director Abandoned Chris Pine for Chris Pratt's $200M Critical Disaster: "I kinda had to make a choice"

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is the latest movie in the popular franchise. The movies are based on the beloved board game Dungeons & Dragons. The movie will take you into the world of adventure and thrill as the actor fight off demons they had unleashed. The original director of the franchise was Chris McKay and the script was written by him and Mike Gilio.

However, director Chris McKay decided to leave the project, which was later taken over by directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. There is no doubt that the new directors have done a fabulous job by bringing the game characters to life while retaining the charm of the fantasy game.

Dungeons Dragons Honor Among Thieves
Dungeons Dragons Honor Among Thieves

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What is the reason for McKay’s exit from Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves?

The Lego Batman Movie director recently opened up on the reason for separation from Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. He shared that he is very excited about the movie as the has been an ardent fan of the games, but he had to leave the project as he was working on his live-action directorial debut. McKay revealed that he was working with Chris Patt for the movie Tomorrow War, hence he could not divulge in the DnD project.

Chris McKay
Chris McKay

In an interview with Collider, McKay shared,

Yeah, I was a huge D&D kid. I was approached to direct that movie, and I started developing it, and what we were developing—Mike Gilio and I, the writer I was working with—we were sort of developing a heist movie. Like, how can you make this sort of an Ocean’s Eleven-type film. Because a lot of what you’re doing in D&D is you’re going into a place, and you’re going to take something to rid it of some bad guy or something, and it’s usually a little of both. And those movies are usually like, ‘we’re gonna try to steal something,’ but there’s also a dishonorable purpose and an honorable purpose, and a potential choice to make at some point in the movie. And so that was kind of the way that we went about it, and we developed a treatment that the studio liked, and Mike went off and wrote a really great script.

And while I was developing that, Tomorrow War came along, and it was a movie that had a window with Chris Pratt’s schedule, and they needed a director, and it was about four or five months before they were going to shoot it. So I kinda had to make a choice, and I kind of jumped on that, which then put the script and everything that we had done as kind of jump ball for some other directors to take it. I think, from what I understand—I’ve still not seen the finished movie because I’ve been working on Renfield—but I hear [there are] a lot of the scenes that Mike and I worked on and then Mike wrote that are in the movie or at least some versions of them. So I’m excited that they sort of continue, at least somewhat in that direction. But I got to design dragons and things like that for the movie. So there [were] all sorts of dream come true stuff, and I really love fantasy. I grew up on a lot of the Excalibur, Sorcerer, and that sort of thing.

Post the exit of Chris McKay, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein took over as the new directors of the movie.

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Did John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein realize McKay’s vision?

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have tried to realize the vision of the original makers and wrote a new script based on the original one. They have worked on the failure of past franchises and focussed on the tone of the movie. The directors had also maintained the Ocean Eleven-like heist theme for the movie as visioned by McKay.

The directors have tried to add some light-hearted elements to the movie with a preposterous amount of monsters and Easter eggs spread out thoroughly. The trailer has received positive reviews, which makes the work of the new directors truly commendable.

Source- Screenrant

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Written by Arushi Srivastava

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