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08th Jan 2021

Chris Pine reportedly heading to Ireland to film blockbuster action movie

Rory Cashin

Once again, Ireland is proving the place to be for Hollywood filming their big budget productions.

What is it with Ireland and dragons?

It turns out that there is a huge blockbuster filming in the same studios that parts of Game of Thrones were filmed in, and it will also revolve around the flying, flame-throwing beasts.

Richard Williams, the Northern Ireland Screen Chief Executive, told IFTN that “everyone’s willingness to embrace the difficulties, limitations and challenges of working with Covid has meant that the sector has come through 2020 strongly and is well placed to grow again in 2021 and beyond.

“We already know next year will get off to a great start with Paramount Pictures having leased Titanic Studios as they prepare to shoot a new feature film, Dungeons & Dragons, here.”

Yep, Hollywood is giving Dungeons & Dragons another roll of the dice, after a big screen adaptation in 2000 absolutely flopped commercially ($33 million worldwide box office on a $45 million budget) and critically (10% on Rotten Tomatoes, 14% on Metacritic).

However, off the back of Game of Thrones and The Witcher, all things dungeons and/or dragons have definitely taken off in popularity, which is probably how Chris Pine has ended up attached to the project.

He hasn’t officially signed on yet (his IMDb page still says “rumoured”), but folk who definitely are attached are writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and directed the extremely under-appreciated comedy Game Night.

Filming is set to begin in early 2021, so we should expect to hear even more of the cast announced before then.

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