Hasbro Sues to Stop Dungeons & Dragons Movie
Hasbro Inc. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit and injunction to prevent production company Sweetpea Entertainment from producing a new Dungeons & Dragons movie with Warner Bros.
The toy company recently announced that they licensed a Dungeons & Dragons reboot to Universal Studios.
Sweetpea Entertainment co-produced the live-action films Dungeons & Dragons (2000), starring Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans and Jeremy Irons, the direct-to-video Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005) and TV movie Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012).
The Dungeons & Dragons movies are based on the successful fantasy role-playing game published by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of parent company Hasbro.
According to the complaint, Sweetpea Entertainment acquired rights to the property by an agreement in 1994. As part of the agreement, the company got the right to do a sequel or prequel. However, the lawsuit states, "Sweetpea's claim of ownership of the theatrical motion picture rights in the Property is baseless because the Sequel Rights have reverted to Hasbro." Source: THR