New Weekly Feature: If Only WOTC Would…

This article marks the first of hopefully many in which we at Crimson Bastards dare to suggest a course of action for the mighty Wizards of the Coast to take. Will the mighty creators of worlds hear our voice…probably not, but it’s still fun to imagine.

This week we think to ourselves…if only WOTC would get the ball rolling on a quality live action version of Dragonlance: The Chronicles. I know this topic has been an undead horse for more than two decades, but there is no doubt that Fantasy geeks all over the country would show up in droves to see a real film version of Weiss and Hickman’s classic trilogy. The timing is right for this movie, on the heels of other successful epics like LOTR, Harry Potter and Twilight. American consumers have shown that they’re willing to pay money to see well-produced fantasy cinema.

The Chronicles definitely provide the right mix of action, drama, and character depth for a serious blockbuster or at the very least a cult favorite that will make tons of money on the backend with DVD and On-Demand. I’m sure WOTC would be willing to allow a major production company make the movie if said company was willing to make a “bend-over” deal for the rights, but isn’t it fun to think of how great it could be if only WOTC would pursue some real Hollywood talent like Peter Jackson or Joss Whedon? One dares to dream.

Oh well, I must close with an indulgence that never gets old thanks to a constantly changing crop of actors…What should the cast be if there was a real Chronicles movie?

  • Tanis – Viggo Mortensen
  • Kitiara – Kate Beckinsale
  • Caramon – Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
  • Raistlin – Robert Downey Jr.
  • Tasslehoff – Billy Boyd (Pippen…two actors from LOTR isn’t too many)
  • Laurana – Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
  • Fizban – Matt Smith (they could make him look really old)

Okay, I know there’s many more, but that’s what the comments section is for, so please share your thoughts. You may think I’m full of Draconian dung or need Tika’s frying pan upside my head (and maybe I am/do), but I believe it’s high time WOTC went knocking on some doors in Hollywood.

Dad Reviews: Red Dragon Codex

We have been going through a definite dinosaur/dragon fest at my house lately. My son recently brought home a book titled “Bronze Dragon Codex” from his school library and showed it to me.  I flipped the book over and started reading the back, mainly because you don’t hear much about bronze dragons outside of D&D, and quickly realized the setting of the book was Krynn, the world of Dragonlance.  I also soon found out that the first book in the series was Red Dragon Codex by Rebecca Shelley and R. D. Henham, so my son and I went to the library website to reserve it so we could start at the beginning.

First off, if you are an adult and have never read any Dragonlance books, I implore you to get a copy of the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.  Those novels are amazing and forged the world of Krynn into what it is in these Codex books.  If however you are or have a young adult or you have already read the Chronicles then go ahead and pick up this book.  It is completely enjoyable without any prior knowledge of Krynn and as such makes a great entry-point for new readers. Continue reading “Dad Reviews: Red Dragon Codex”