That D&D movie has just hit its first, very serious snag.
We told you recently that, seeing the success of Game of Thrones, Warner Bros. was game to bring Dungeons & Dragons back to the big screen. But now it looks like they aren't the only game in town.
Turns out Hasbro claim they own the rights to D&D. Not only that, they say they've got a film of their own in the works with Universal that would see Chris Morgan (the man behind that last five Fast and Furious films) in charge.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has a script from David Lee Johnson, who penned Wrath of the Titans. It also has Courtney Solomon (who directed the dubious 2000 adaptation) as producer.
So who has the rights? Well, that's very much up in the air. According to Hasbro spokesperson Wayne Charness, “Hasbro owns the intellectual property rights to Dungeons & Dragons, period, because of Hasbro’s acquisition of Wizards of the Coast in 1998." But, allegedly, insiders at Warner claim that this issue has come up before and that it's already clear that Solomon and Warner hold the rights to make the film.
With an arbitration hearing no doubt looming, we humbly suggest that the parties just roll initiative to decide who gets it.