Dungeons & Dragons fans may want to consider getting a subscription to Paramount+ if they haven’t already. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Paramount has ordered a live-action series based on Hasbro’s fantasy role-playing game franchise for its streaming service, one that will comprise eight episodes. Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice, Skyscraper) wrote the pilot script and is set to direct the first episode of the series.
From a Deadline report:
eOne, the lead studio, took the project out in November, garnering interest from multiple buyers, with Paramount+ ultimately landing the show in a competitive situation. eOne and Paramount Pictures are partnering on the Dungeons & Dragons series after also co-producing and co-financing the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves movie directed by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, which premieres March 31.
Adapting Dungeons & Dragons for television has been a major focus for eOne under President of Global Television Michael Lombardo following the company’s 2019 acquisition by Hasbro. The live-action series has been tipped to be the studio’s largest-scope TV project ever, potentially launching a “Dungeons & Dragons” universe spanning multiple scripted and unscripted shows.
Dungeons & Dragons isn’t Paramount’s first attempt at using a big game property to drive interest in its streaming service. Halo, a TV series based on Microsoft and 343 Industries’ sci-fi shooter, premiered on Paramount+ in March 2022, and despite criticism by fans over its CG and story, ended up becoming one of the streamer’s most popular originals. The show was released for 4K UHD Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD in November 2022.