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Chris Pine Praises Dungeons & Dragons' Filmmakers For Their 'Samurai' Minds

Some media takes to the big screen like a fish to water. It's essentially impossible, for instance, to imagine the current movie landscape without the influence of comic books, and video games have proven to be ripe for adaptation as well. Movies based on board games, for whatever reason, have always been a hard sell — either utterly forgettable ("Ouija Board," anyone?) or financial failures that only gain cult status years later.

In 2000, director Courtney Solomon attempted to helm a film version of the beloved RPG game, Dungeons & Dragons. The result was an adaptation that fantasy fans would rather forget. In addition to being a box office flop, the movie boasts a dismal 10% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

After years spent languishing in development hell, "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" is finally on the horizon, thanks in part to co-writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Star Chris Pine has been quick to praise the duo for their ambition and unique vision.

Pine praised the directors' comedic sensibility and technical ambition

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been working together since they co-wrote the screenplay for 2011's "Horrible Bosses" (via Deadline). Since then, the pair has penned scripts for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming." The duo also co-directed the National Lampoon film "Vacation" and the acclaimed comedy "Game Night." "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" marks their third directorial effort, and if the trailer is any indication, the fantasy film looks to combine their comedic chops with a knack for visual flair.

In an interview with Collider, Chris Pine praised the pair for that combination of talents. "They have good hearts. And their idea for how they wanted to tell the story, at least for me, was exactly what I like about big-budget filmmaking, which is not too cool for school. There's an earnest, real heart to it with a really sweet message."

Beyond praising their characters, Pine also seemed viscerally excited about the directors' technical contributions, especially as it related to the analog effects. "The visual practical element was really neat. I think, especially nowadays with all the green screen, to do stuff practically with real monsters made by super craftsmen, and effects on set that you can feel, and touch, and interact with," He continued. "And they are technicians. I mean, it takes a real samurai mind to figure out how to shoot a film of this size and scope. And you could feel them wanting to knock it out of the park."

"Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" hits theaters this March.