Hasbro/Warners Roll Dice To See Who Gets Dungeons & Dragons’ Film Rights
Just a couple days after Warner Bros. brought out the trumpets and blared their blockbuster news that they intended to make a fourth [yes, fourth, you can be excused if you never saw the first three] film around the “Dungeons & Dragons” fantasy board game franchise, Hasbro stepped in and said “hold on there a minute, Sparky” – claiming they held the film rights to the franchise. In a convoluted legal mess, it turns out both have film rights to certain segments of the franchise and will have to work out how they intend to share those rights if a film is truly ever going to escape the dungeon and see the light of day.
Three previous feature films have been made carrying the “Dungeons & Dragons” name with the most well-known of those being the 2000 version starring Marlon Wayans and Ben Kingsley. A 1983 cartoon series based on the game also aired on CBS and starred Willie Aames [“Eight is Enough”] and Donny Most [“Happy Days”] in the voice roles.