15 years ago, the incredibly popular, fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons had a feature film created...nobody liked it. It was panned by nearly every critic even though it had a solid cast including Jeremy Irons, Bruce Payne, Robert Miano, Marlon Wayans, Thora Birch, Lee Arenberg & Tom Baker. The 2000 film is seen as a commercial flop as it was met with reviews and rankings as one of the worst films of all time. Empire Online ranked it as the 39th Worst film of all time, between Son of the Mask & Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Audiences and fans were left frustrated and disappointed, and they would have never assumed that a reboot would be possible after how critically blasted it was. Nobody would have imagined that years later, after a lengthy court battle and bidding war between Warner Bros. and Universal Studios, a reboot would apparently be on its on its way.
Warner Brothers is the winner.
After nearly 2 years, the courts have officially declared the rights to the film to be the property of Warner Brothers & Sweatpea Entertainment (The production house who gave us the first film) and they are moving forward with a new film. The team at WB is exicted about the possibilities that having D&D in their full control will bring them. Greg Silverman, a Warner Bros. executive had this to say:
This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film following. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property. [source]
The studio is actually quite far along in the development of this new venture. There is already a screenplay, written by David Leslie Johnson who is best known for Wrath of the Titans and Red Riding Hood. Along with a script, the directorship has been decided in Courtney Solomon (original film director) and Roy Lee (known for The Lego Movie) and they both are looking forward to this new opportunity to expand the Dungeons and Dragons mythos.