Ten months after the lawsuit over whether production company Sweetpea Entertainment or toy giant Hasbro owned the sequel rights to Dungeons & Dragons, Warner Bros. Pictures announced they are moving forward on a feature film franchise based on the world’s most popular role-playing game.
Warned Bros. had already struck a $4 million rights deal with Sweetpea before the trial, and was paying the production company’s legal costs as well. Details on the settlement were not made public.
“This settlement accomplished our overarching goal of unifying all Dungeons & Dragons rights under Hasbro’s control, paving the way to make a blockbuster film,” said Hasbro’s lawyers Maura Wogan and Jeremy Goldman earlier this month. “It’s a great outcome for all involved – especially Dungeons & Dragons fans who will now get to see D&D on the big screen.”
Sweetpea’s Courtney Solomon said “We are thrilled that this beloved property can finally make its way to the big screen after 20 years, and that it can be realized by Warner Bros, which has been responsible for the biggest fantasy franchises over the past two decades.”
Highlighting the priority being given to the project, Warner Bros. Pictures already has a script, written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2, Wrath of the Titans.)
“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen,” said Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. “This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”
“This is such an enormous opportunity to bring the rich fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms to life and, together with the creative powerhouse of Warner Bros, use movies to tell the stories that have enchanted passionate D&D fans for decades,” said Stephen Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of Hasbro, Inc. “D&D is the role-playing game that started it all, and now we have the opportunity to ignite a franchise for its legions of avid fans in a way never done before.”
Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most popular fantasy role-playing games of all time. It first became popular in 1974 and other than accumulating millions of players and fans worldwide, the beloved property has also influenced a large number of writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades.