Let The Battle Commence! Warner Bros. And Hasbro Face Off Over DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

Following reports a couple of days ago that Warner Bros. were moving ahead with a big screen adaptation of Dungeons and Dragons, Hasbro have struck back with claims that they hold the rights and plan on making a movie directed by Fast and Furious writer Chris Morgan.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/10/2013

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. have already run into troule with their planned big screen take on Dungeons and Dragons due to the fact that Hasbro claim to own the rights and already have the project set up at rival studio, Universal. THEY want it to be helmed by Chris Morgan, the writer responsible for the last five films in The Fast And The Furious franchise and 47 Ronin. While Warner Bros. refused to comment, they're reportedly not backing down and still plan on moving ahead with their version written by Wrath of the Titans' David Leslie Johnson. Hasbro spokesman Wayne Charness says, "Hasbro owns the intellectual property rights to Dungeons & Dragons, period, because of Hasbro’s acquisition of Wizards Of The Coast in 1998." What this means is that before the iconic board game can be brought to life on the big screen, the studios will have their own battle in the form of an arbitration hearing. Stay tuned for further updates!

Source: Deadline
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marvel72 - 5/10/2013, 2:44 AM
oh well,i'm really not that interested in a dungeons & dragons movie especially after the last one.
FrankieDedo - 5/10/2013, 3:02 AM
@marvel72 BEST MOVIE EVER!!! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING????
AND THE TWIST WAS AWESOME!!! haters gonna hate!

Seriously, that movie made me laugh a lot for its trashness, it was so dumb and poorly made that it was one of the movie that made me laugh more.

FrankieDedo - 5/10/2013, 3:04 AM
i mean, look at that bald, blue lips guy. that was so crappy to be awesome and at least there were dungeons. and dragons too.

...and those were not a theatre actor.



God, i think that this site will run on those IM3 jokes until the JLA movie comes out.
OrsonRandall - 5/10/2013, 3:15 AM
AvatarIII - 5/10/2013, 3:41 AM
WB could drop the D&D intellectual property from the script and just make it a fantasy movie with a new IP. Universal could carry on with their D&D movie, it wouldn't be the first time two studios released similar movies at about the same time.
GenerationX - 5/10/2013, 3:59 AM
don't care who makes it as long as it's good
SnapperCarr - 5/10/2013, 4:32 AM
I've noticed that WB is good with fantasy properties like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. THen why can't they handle the fantasitcal characters that DC has to offer? Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Dr. Fate or Shazam would be awesome on the big screen.
GeekyCheekyChic - 5/10/2013, 5:11 AM
wake me when they make Candyland,Jenga or Hungry Hungry Hippoes
JoeMomma29 - 5/10/2013, 5:11 AM
Maybe they should roll a dice to see who get to make the movie!

ParisSun - 5/10/2013, 5:17 AM
If it's not directed by Uwe Boll I'm not interested.
TheAstoundingMan - 5/10/2013, 5:19 AM
Feel free to correct me on this, but does Dungeons and Dragons actually have a story behind it? I mean I get that it's established in fantasy like World of Warcraft, but it's a board game. How are they going to make a movie out of....

Oh....

Never mind.
Tankpjh - 5/10/2013, 5:42 AM
I would like to see a live action film based on the 80's cartoon.

But after the last D&D it put a bad sting in my eyes.
dracula - 5/10/2013, 6:13 AM
we got a movie in early 2000 and it sucked dont do it its just a way to cash in on the hobbit
RPD - 5/10/2013, 6:21 AM
Hasbro has WotC? They need to get about making a Top Secret movie then, dammit...
AlexDeLarge87 - 5/10/2013, 7:00 AM
Where is Jonny Quest? That shit begs to be a movie.


KeithM - 5/10/2013, 7:12 AM
You guys do know there have been two other D&D movies since the one in 2000?

There was Wrath of the Dragon God in 2005 (a semi-sequel to the 2000 film) and The Book of Vile Darkness in 2012 (a tv movie completely unrelated to the previous two and probably slightly better, though not exactly 'good').
KeithM - 5/10/2013, 7:22 AM
@TheAstoundingMan: D&D doesn't have any story behind it as such - it's just a set of rules - but there are many created worlds and stories created with the system (Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, Planescape, etc.) which could be used for a set of movies. Or they could just create their own, utilising aspects of the rule system, known magical items, monsters, etc.
Newtsy - 5/10/2013, 7:45 AM
Oh my ... can you imagine a "Forgotten Realms"-based trilogy?

There are SOOO many characters available for that setting. Ripe for the picking!! do it, DEEWWW EEEET!!
SuperPickle - 5/10/2013, 7:48 AM
They've already got great, well-written, well-known, engaging source material to work from with the piles of novels they could adapt.

My money would be on R.A. Salvatore's original Icewind Dale trilogy. The first Dark Elf Trilogy (Drizzt's backstory) is more dramatic and a better story, but it would be very odd trying to adapt a story that takes place almost entirely in the dark. lol

The Icewind Dale trilogy would be perfect. Variety of engaging characters, comic relief, great monsters and epic battles. Ideal for film.

Oh, and it's got Drizzt. And in my opinion - DRIZZT or GTFO. :)
DukeAcureds - 5/10/2013, 9:03 AM
Also, doesn't Disney own the rights to the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon?
KeithM - 5/10/2013, 9:32 AM
@Duke: I don't know tbh - but I imagine that would only become relevant if anyone wanted to turn the cartoon and its characters into live-action. Hasbro are unarguably the rights holder to the D&D name - they bought WotC a few years ago, along with the D&D rights, but I can easily see some separate movie deal rights having been done at some time in the past with someone or other and has been floating around Hollywood until now.

Let the lawyers sort it out. I'll just keep waiting patiently for a decent D&D adaptation, without holding my breath, as I have been for the last 30 odd years. A few more won't hurt. :)
Chloefornication - 5/10/2013, 11:04 AM
He said period and then he kept talking...
christianroch - 5/10/2013, 11:43 AM
As long as it's about the Dragonlance saga.
neonhero - 5/11/2013, 8:30 AM
What Superpickle said.

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