A couple of years ago, the film rights to Dungeons & Dragons landed at Warner Bros. and then there was a legal battle that followed about who really owned the rights. It was between the production companies Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro.
Well, the legal battle is over. Hasbro won and Warner Bros. announced that they will start developing their big screen adaptation of D&D. WB Pictures’ Creative Development and Worldwide Production boss Greg Silverman had this to say in a statement:
“We are so excited about bringing the world ofDungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. 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.”
In regards to the lawsuit settlement, Hasbro’s lawyers released the following statement:
“This settlement accomplished our overarching goal of unifying all ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ rights under Hasbro’s control, paving the way to make a blockbuster film. It’s a great outcome for all involved – especially ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ fans who will now get to see D & D on the big screen.”
A script has already been completed, and it was written by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2, Wrath of the Titans). There's no director attached to the film yet. I've never played Dungeons & Dragons, but I'm a huge fan of the fantasy genre, and I hope they bring in a talented director to bring it to life on the big screen.
Whatever they end up doing, I think Duncan Jones' Warcraft is going to set a new standard for fantasy films. Remember that "wow" factor we had when we saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time? That's what I think Warcraft has the potential to do for a new generation.
It will be interesting to see what WB ends up doing with the property.