Has anyone considered making a Dragonlance movie? Even just the original Chronicles and Legends trilogies could yield six very good films.
They did make a Dragonlance film in 2008, named Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight and based on the novel of the same name.
It was dire, lost pots of money even on its tiny $1.5m budget (it ended up going straight-to-video) and basically killed any hopes of an animated franchise. There were suggestions of a sequel, but it seems to have been stuck in development hell since at least 2011.
As to why it's not been made into a big-budget franchise, the reality is that the company that owns the rights to the novels has historically been very risk-averse. Like Nintendo, they seem to have decided that the risk of damaging their IP by making them into a film that tanks is worth less money to them than simply leaving them as books. I would imagine that their animated toe-in-the-water and seeing how another couple of theatrical films set in basically the same universe (Eragon and Dungeons and Dragons) have fared at the box office (hint, both flopped hard) has probably convinced them that their strategy is the right one, at least for the time being.
It would seem that there already is a Dragonlance movie. Made in 2008 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (animated) was directed by Will Meugniot, adapted for the screen by George Strayton (whose credits include "Cleopatria 2525", "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"), the film was produced by Toonz Animation, Commotion Pictures and Epic Level Entertainment, with conceptual artwork from Kunoichi and others. Paramount Pictures is looking after worldwide distribution.
It can be bought on Amazon
Here is the trailer -
Some reviews - http://www.dlnexus.com/products/review/558.aspx
This is the Official site
I realize this is a much older question, but I was recently doing some investigation on the topic and found this article on the GeekAndSundry page: What Joe Manganiello's Possible Dragonlance Movie Might Contain.
It’s recently come to light that actor Joe Manganiello has been coauthoring a script for a Dungeons & Dragons movie. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he said that he’d even met with Wizards of the Coast to talk about the project. This was at first confusing news, since it’s known that a D&D film is already in the works after a prolonged legal battle pertaining to the game’s film rights.
However Manganiello soon tweeted out a picture of a script draft, indicating that the prospective movie would be an adaption of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s beloved Dragon’s of Autumn Twilight.
This is still only a rumor at this point, and may not ever actually come to fruition, but the article links to a tweet from Mr. Manganiello in April of 2017 that apparently shows the cover page for a "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" screenplay by John Cassel. If the rumor is true, it could lead to a more full-fledged production of the movie and, if the first one goes well, potentially a series.