Movie Faces Dungeons & Dragons Hurdles

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.


Dungeons & Dragons scenario.


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.


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