The toy company Hasbro has filed a lawsuit against filmmaker Courtney Solomon's Sweetpea Entertainment, claiming they have the rights to make the Dungeons & Dragons live-action reboot announced last week. Courtney Solomon directed the 2000 Dungeons & Dragons feature, and is producing this new version for Warner Bros.
The reboot, written by David Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) is based on an obscure game entitled Chainmail, which D&D creator E. Gary Gygax developed before Dungeons & Dragons. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in California federal court, is seeking a declaration from Sweetpea Entertainment that it owns the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, and an injuction to stop the Warner Bros. project from moving forward. Warner Bros. is not listed as a defendant.
The filing asserts that Sweetpea Entertainment had acquired the rights to Dungeons & Dragons in 1994, to make the live-action Dungeons & Dragons feature, which did grant Sweetpea the right to make a sequel or prequel. However, Hasbro claims those rights have since reverted back to the toy company.
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