We previously reported that Warner Brothers was developing a D&D movie being scripted by Leslie Johnson, the man behind Wrath of the Titans, but Deadline is now reporting that Hasbro has stepped forward, claiming it has rights to Dungeons and Dragons and that they have a project at Universal in development, saying:
Hasbro owns the intellectual property rights to Dungeons & Dragons, period, because of Hasbro’s acquisition of Wizards Of The Coast in 1998.
Apparently this has come up before and Courtney Solomon, the director of the first D&D movie and a producer of the Warner Bros. vehicle, was proven to hold the underlying rights for the movie.
But, as it stands, development for a movie could get delayed as studios prepare to do legal battle. Personally, I think they should be required to present the directors attached and the scripts and a judge should just decide which movie will turn out better and award them the rights. Sure, it will set a legal precident, but we can't be subjected to another piece of crap with the D&D name slapped on it again.
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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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