New Dungeons and Dragons movie nothing like original, says Hong Kong producer

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 August, 2015, 5:54am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 August, 2015, 2:14pm

The new Dungeons and Dragons movie by Warner Brothers will be "huge" and nothing like its unsuccessful predecessor 15 years ago, according to businessman Allan Zeman, who is reprising his role as film producer.

Zeman was an executive producer of the original movie in 2000 and said he was excited to be working on the subject again.

"This is a huge blockbuster, done Warner Brothers-style," he said. "The other film was an original, independent film that was one of our first films. There's just absolutely no comparison. This film is in a totally different category; it can't even be compared to the original."

The original Dungeons and Dragons film starred Jeremy Irons and received almost universally negative reviews, ranking No39 in Empire magazine's 2010 list of worst films of all time.

Few details have emerged so far about the new project, other than it is being written by The Conjuring 2 screenwriter David Leslie Johnson and will be set in the fantasy Dungeons and Dragons universe.

Zeman said the timing was right for a blockbuster fantasy film. "Warner Brothers is going to be spending a lot of money to bring this out in [proper] style as they've done with other previous films that have been huge successes and I think they have a script which is very, very good."

Although he himself had not been a player of the legendary fantasy role-playing game when he was younger, his partner in Sweetpea Entertainment, Courtney Solomon, was a fan.

"He was an avid player and very, very instrumental in making this - sticking with it all these years and making it happen."

Zeman said the exact amount he had invested in the film was confidential, but he confirmed Sweatpea would be contributing along with US toymaker Hasbro.

He also said it was too early to predict whether fans in Hong Kong could see the film locally.

Meanwhile, Zeman is already looking ahead to a new Dungeons and Dragons film franchise. "Done right, which I'm sure it will be with Warner Brothers, there's no doubt in my mind that sequel and prequels will follow," he said.