As Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Thieves co-director Jonathan Goldstein said it, “no one had done (a film adaptation of the game) justice.” But on Friday night, when it comes to the new take on the big screen, Goldstein, his co-director John Francis Daley, Paramount, eOne did it as the film received a rock concert on the opening night of SXSW.
As for the fantasy genre that includes Game Of Thrones And The Lord of the Rings, Goldstein, “there’s not a lot of laughs and there’s not a lot of fun, and that’s what we were hoping to do with this movie.”
The filmmakers arrived at the Paramount Theater in Austin with the main cast, minus Hugh Grant, including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Sophia Lillis, Justice Smith and Daisy Head.
Paramount got very lucky here at SXSW with 2018 A silent place, which then opened to $50.2 million at the box office after its SXSW premiere (it finished at $188 million domestically and nearly $341 million worldwide), as well as the Sandra Bullock movie -Channing Tatum from last year the lost city, which was part of the revival of adult audiences in post-Covid movie theaters. It debuted at $30.4 million and grossed over $105 million domestically and $193 million worldwide.
As one fan said on the mic tonight after the roller coaster movie, “I was left in tears at the end.”
Daley, who got into role-playing while playing freaks and geeks, said the trick of the script he wrote with Goldstein and Michael Gilio was to create “disparate characters with ups and downs” much like the game, which “led to what ended up being our scenario.
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Jeremy Latcham, who produced the film, added that it was also necessary “to appeal to people who have acted their whole lives and people who have never acted before”.
Getting an extremely loud response from the Paramount Theater here was Page when the Bridgerton star walked down the list of audience members asking questions to take a photo with an avid fan.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Thieves is part of a huge weekend for Paramount. He has the #1 movie in Cry VI which boasts a record franchise opening of $42 million, and studio Melrose Avenue heads to the Oscars on Sunday with nine nominations including one for Best Picture with Top Gun: Maverick.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Thieves hits theaters on March 31.