The heat between Sweetpea Entertainment and toy manufacturer Hasbro for “Dungeons & Dragons” sequel has put to an end for a while. Deadline, on the other hand, reported that the 7-day trial held at the downtown LA federal court last Tuesday did not end well. For more details on this story, read on.
In 2000, Courtney Solomon was given rights to direct and produce the film entitled “Dungeons & Dragons” based on Hasbro’s best-selling fantasy tabletop role-playing game of the same name. Despite the film’s poor box-office performance, a made-for-TV sequel, Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God was released in 2005 and a third film “Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness” on 2012.
Warner Bros. then purchased Solomon and his company Sweetpea’s rights for D&D by around $4 million plus and another $1 million for legal fees. Meanwhile, major toy manufacturing company, Hasbro is working out on a deal with Universal to their own production of a D&D movie. Hasbro feels that they have the right to produce a movie that is based on their own property filing an initial complaint last May.
On Monday, Sweetpea has filed a motion to have Hasbro’s trademark and copyright infringement claims from last year’s complaint tossed. Solomon inked an agreement with original D&D rights holder TSR in 1994 for movies pertaining to the role-playing game.However, Hasbro who owns D&D’s trademark rights has filed its own paperwork by Tuesday to reject the bid.
“Hasbro has a right to begin to make movies of its own based on the property – Mr. Solomon had his shot with Dungeons & Dragons — he held on to the rights for over 20 years,” said Hasbro’s lawyer Jeremy Goldman, “It should come as no surprise to Mr. Solomon that his campaign to hold on to the Dungeon & Dragons rights is over – They should return home to Hasbro.”
Solomon’s attorney Patricia Glaser however states that Hasbro’s claims against Sweetpea as a “desperate attempt to recapture rights they’ve been trying to get for 15 years.” “Hasbro cannot have it both ways, only Sweetpea, not Hasbro, has the right to make a movie with Dungeons & Dragons as its primary title,” states Glaser in her closing statement.
Judge Dolly Gee who is overseeing the trial urges both sides to instead come up with an agreement rather than wait her decision, “The rights between the two parties are complicated, There are two possible outcomes for a trial, One side wins, one side loses, or both sides are unhappy.”
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