Wednesday, May 15, 2013

More on Dueling D and D Movies

Hasbro/WOTC has filed suit against Sweetpea Productions to stop it from proceeding with a D&D movie in conjunction with Warner Brothers.  SweetPea is the Courtney Solomon production company that produced the original 2000 D&D movie and two television sequels in 2005 and 2012.  WOTC's lawsuit argues that the original 1994 contract between it and Sweetpea required a theatrical release within 7 years after the release of the original movie and that a television release did not satisfy that requirement sufficiently to reset the rights.

TSR, the previous owner of the rights before acquisition by WOTC, had sued Sweetpea in 1998 over non-production of a D&D film but the two companies settled the lawsuit out of court, leading to the 2000 production.  However, at the time, no other company had shown interest in making a D&D movie.  Not the case here, so doubtful this will get settled quickly.