Yesterday, a handful of new studio release dates were announced that included Paramount Pictures’ new Dungeons & Dragons film based on the classic pen-and-paper fantasy game.
They’ve officially given the upcoming fantasy film the new date of May 27th, 2022, bumping it six months from the previous date that had been set by the studio.
Originally, set to be released on November 19th, 2021 that date has now been given to Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7. It’s summer spot of July 23rd, 2021 has been handed over to Chris Pratt’s sci-fi actioner The Tomorrow War.
Like a handful of projects, Dungeons & Dragons was expected to begin shooting sometime in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that seems to be up-in-the-air and they might end up prioritizing other projects. The project still hadn’t announced casting additions and seemingly was deep in pre-production stages.
Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had been recently hired to take over duties from The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay, who instead tackled The Tomorrow War aka Ghost Draft for the studio.
The pair were previously attached to make the solo Flash movie for Warner Bros. until their eventual exit led them to D&D instead.
Johnathan announced on Twitter back in January that they had written a new script for the film. An earlier draft had been penned by screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Aquaman 1-2, The Walking Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street).
— Jonathan Goldstein (@JM_Goldstein) January 21, 2020
A 2022 release would allow Paramount to push the film’s production into 2021, giving themselves a little wiggle room to get it completed.
These shifts in releases aren’t likely to end anytime soon and I’m sure we’ll see a few more by the end of the summer.