Deadline is reporting that Chris Pine is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons at at Paramount, with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley set to direct.
A film version of Dungeons & Dragons has been on the cards for a number of years, but due to a rights dispute that led to a court battle lasting several years, studios have tried and failed to get it off the ground running, though a film adaptation did come out from New Line in 2000 starring Jeremy Irons, earning $33.8m worldwide with its $45m budget.
Goldstein and Daley have been attached to the project since last year, and will direct on a script they’ve written based on a draft by Michael Gilio. The duo intend to shoot the film around late spring next year in Belfast. Jeremy Latcham will serve as producer on the project. The film will be jointly produced and financed by Hasbro/eOne and Paramount, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada, while Paramount will distribute around the rest of the world.