Someone Should Make This! – Legend of Drizzt Movie

by Jonathan Moxness
Drizzt Do  Urden by Ilacha Someone Should Make This!   Legend of Drizzt Movie

Drizzt Do’Urden by Illich Henriquez of deviantArt

 

There are many franchises that Hollywood has adapted for the silver screen, some of which have worked, more of which have not. And for some reason the people that approve such movie adaptations, can’t seem to determine what material will translate the best (Battleship…really? Why don’t you make “Kraft Dinner the Movie,” I hear lots of people like that stuff too.). Well, if you want cinematic material that’s packed full of action, has a strongly established fan base, and will allow you to milk the franchise for decades to come…look no further than The Forgotten Realms.

Author R. A. Salvatore’s saga is about Drizzt Do’Urden, an unorthodox dark-elf who uses his incredible martial prowess as a force for good in an attempt to separate himself from the malicious reputation of his dark-elf kin.

Why would this make a good film?

One thing that should be brought up is: Yes, Forgotten Realms is a world within the Dungeons and Dragons universe; and Yes, the Dungeons and Dragons movie was a heaping pile of magical crap. So why should Hasbro (who own the film rights) and studio executives be excited to green-light a film with such poor predecessors?

Because these books were written for the screen. Salvatore has created iconic, likeable characters fighting real, primal problems like discrimination, forbidden love, protection of one’s home. Drizzt and his friends are characters that audiences can relate to on a level that exists beyond the nerd-realm of D&D.

In addition to great characters, the action sequences and climaxes that Salvatore writes beg to be viewed on a big screen where we can witness the prowess of Drizzt’s double scimitars flashing in all their glory! As books, they are good. As films…they would be great!

Where the Dungeons and Dragons film was just a grab bag of references from the role-playing game (coupled with a horrendous script, terrible casting, and directing that was only slightly better than what a monkey might have done in it’s sleep), this franchise contains stories and characters that would smash the box office!

So who should make it?

This series relies heavily on elaborate action sequences and whoever directs should be experienced in this regard. Not only that, but these books portray problems on an epic scale, while maintaining a grounded foundation in the plights of the characters.

So who has the qualifications to bring the most famous dark-elf to the big screen?

Directing:
The task of the director in a franchise such as this is a daunting one: creating a large-scale fantasy epic that does the characters and story justice without getting lost in the unnecessary elements of the source material.
Director Matthew Vaughn has the perfect qualifications to bring these stories to light. His work on Stardust shows he can take on the fantasy genre, X-Men shows he can deal with multiple superheroes effectively (a necessity in the Drizzt series) and he has an incredible knack for bringing out strong emotional chemistry between his actors. Not to mention that all of his action sequences in Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class, and Stardust demonstrate a passionate understanding for well-crafted action.

Writing:
Like my last “Someone Should Make This” article about Metroid, I think this franchise should stick with the success of the director/writer idea and pair up Matthew Vaughn with his cohort in crime, Jane Goldman.
They have the experience of writing for an ensemble cast (see X-Men First Class), and all of their films, Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class, and Stardust deal with the same subject matter as Salvatore’s books: a need to fit in.

Casting:
This is probably the hardest area of these books to get right.
For Drizzt: you need an actor who can hit the emotional highs and lows, has strong physical capabilities both in movement (and fighting), powerful onscreen charisma, and can fit, or be molded to fit, Drizzt’s physical profile.

I’ve seen one person onscreen that has fully demonstrated all these traits and that’s Luke Goss when he played Prince Nuada in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Of course at age 45, he’s a bit past his prime for playing Drizzt.

Check him out in the closest onscreen version of Drizzt to date:

Overall I think this book series would benefit by primarily casting unknowns in the key roles and using some of the smaller supporting roles or villainous roles to pump in the star power. The main characters are so physically and emotionally defined that casting big-name actors might detract from the audiences ability to empathize with them on a primal level.

The Drizzt novels possess enormous amounts of cinematic potential, and as long as the right people are involved in it’s creation, this series would be ridiculously successful! So what are they waiting for?!?! Someone should make this!!!

Here’s a great little animation that showcases some of the potential for Drizzt and the companions of Mithral Hall.

What would your ideal cast be in this film? Post your thoughts below!

Jonathan Moxness


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