It seems that the license to the Dungeons & Dragons film is stuck in development limbo between Hasbro, toy making giant, and Sweetpea Entertainment, a more unknown competitor. The trial is over for now, but the outcomes are not set in stone.
The new Dungeons & Dragons film is in Sweetpea’s hands at the moment and Warner Bros. is willing to work with them, yet Hasbro has the rights to begin a film series to the rights. This is because Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast and TSR, the original owners of D&D, back in 1999 for $325 million. Although, this may be true a big problem is that Sweetpea made the production company for the 2000 and 2005 Dungeons & Dragons and Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, respectively, films. Furthermore, there is a 2012 film produced in the United Kingdom called Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness by Zinc Entertainment Inc. (who also helped produce the 2005 D&D film) that at least had the same director, Gerry Lively, as the 2005 film.
Now, Hasbro already is in the big motion picture world and TV show industry with Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic but having the backing of D&D would expand them greatly to take on the giants of Marvel and DC Comics. With Warner Bros. backing them in the film’s creation they could elevate it to become a fantastic movie, however it seems that Universal Pictures would step into the picture to possibly help Sweetpea. So, it seems that the ones that have Dracula Untold, Ouijia, Dumb & Dumber To, and more Fast & Furious films are wanting in on some of the action.
Warner Bros. also purchased Sweetpea’s D&D rights for $4 million plus an extra $1 million for legal affairs for lawyers believe the rights should return home to Hasbro. However, Sweetpea did look into co-owning the film rights, but nothing has been determined so far. Basically, it is a big mess all around for all sides with the winner and loser seeming all the same right now.