Warner Bros. Pictures has partnered with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment to develop a film franchise based on Dungeons & Dragons.
Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and The LEGO Movie and How to Train Your Dragon’s Roy Lee have been slated to produce the feature film.
Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed that a script for the title is already in place, and has been penned by David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2 and Wrath of the Titans).
Hasbro’s popular role playing game Dungeons & Dragons hit the big time back in 1974, and has since amassed a fanbase of millions worldwide.
“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen,” said Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
“This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. Dungeons & Dragons has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”
Executive vice president and chief content officer of Hasbro, Stephen Davis, added: “This is such an enormous opportunity to bring the rich fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms to life and, together with the creative powerhouse of Warner Bros., use movies to tell the stores that have enchanted passionate Dungeons & Dragons fans for decades.
“Dungeons & dragons is the role-playing game that started it all and now we have the opportunity to ignite a franchise for it legions of avid fans in a way never done before.”
The announcement of the partnership also reflects the resolution of Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast LLC’s complaint against Sweetpea Entertainment and the counterclaims filed by Sweetpea against Hasbro in May 2013 related to the Dungeon & Dragons brand.