TV & FILM
bill-swift - August 5, 2015
Warner Bros. really wants to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie.
They bought the rights to the fantasy role-playing game from Sweetpea Entertainment back in 2013 with the intention of making a movie then. However, the rights were disputed by Hasbro, and the case wound up in court.
Now, two years and who-knows-how-much-in-legal-fees later, Warner Bros., Sweetpea, and Hasbro have finally reached a settlement, and all three are moving forward on the project together using a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson, which is set in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy world of Forgotten Realms. (If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it.)
"We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen," said Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman. "This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings."
Of course, this won't actually be the first time D&D makes it to the silver screen. Sweetpea Entertainment made a Dungeons movie back in 2000 starring Jeremy Irons and Damon Wayans, but it was an epic failure that currently boasts a rating of 3.6 on IMDB.com.
The property should fare much better when helmed by Warner Bros. After all, this is the studio that brought us Batman and Harry Potter. They clearly know what they're doing when it comes to franchises,
That said, don't book your tickets to Comic-Con 2016 just yet. Right now the project has neither a star nor a director. There's no telling how long it will be until this thing gets to the big screen.