Looks like it is about time for the annual update on the lawsuit between games-maker Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment over the rights to films based on Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons game franchise.
The case has finally opened in court, and Deadline reports that the juryless trial has opened with a volley of magic missiles between the parties.
Patricia Glaser, the lawyer representing Sweetpea, claims that the lawsuit is simply an attempt by Hasbro to re-capture the rights in order to hand them over to Universal, while Sweetpea has met all the requirements to maintain the rights according to their 1994 agreement with then-D&D owner TSR, having produced several (poorly performing) sequels, including a 2010 direct-to-DVD release that they say Hasbro even signed off on. They go on to claim that since acquiring Wizards of the Coast in 1999, which had previously acquired TSR in 1997, Hasbro has been trying to undermine Sweetpea’s rights to the franchise.
Hasbro counter-claims that Sweetpea was doing nothing except producing “auto-sequels” and was not paying the required licensing fees.
An interested third party in this is Warner Bros, who after failing to negotiate proper rights with Hasbro to a movie based on Chainmail, the predecessor to Dungeons & Dragons, partnered with Sweetpea to take over the franchise rights. WB is apparently putting up as much as $1 million for legal fees for Sweetpea in the case.
The case is expected to last the rest of the week.
On the next Z Nation the survivors run out of fuel and embark on a dangerous mission to replenish their supply. Meanwhile, Cassandra’s past comes back to haunt her. Check out “Fracking Zombies” Friday at 10/9c! And also check out the “supertease” for the entire season!
On the next Haven, Nathan devises a plan to kidnap Mara. Meanwhile, Duke is the only person who can protect the town from a new danger. Check out the sneak peek below for “Speak No Evil”, as well as “Inside Haven“, and tune in Thursday at 8/7c on Syfy!
Take a journey into Haven’s past to see the beginning of the Troubles in Part 1 of this digital series.
Syfy’s new post-Zombiepocalypse series Z Nation starts tomorrow night at 10/9c! Check out the trailer below, along with several “WTF” moments to get yourself ready…
Haven starts again tomorrow night at 8/7c on Syfy! Check out this sneak peek for the premiere, along with a “supertease” for the season! Is Audrey gone for good? Can Nathan get her back?
I was recently in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a fundraiser weekend and some sightseeing with the family…I had the fortune on the way home to make a short stop in nearby Chester – the seaside town which plays host to the production of Syfy’s Haven, standing in for the fictional Maine town.
Haven is in the midst of an interesting period of production. They recently received a “double order” for episodes for the fifth season, a total of 26 episodes. So while they’d normally be getting ready to wrap up production for the season, they are actually just a bit past the first half of a filming schedule that will take them through most of December, block shooting two episodes at a time.
Because of the timing, we were unable to take any photographs of the sets – never know when you might accidentally photograph a spoiler! We did get one picture of the family with a couple people you might recognize…
Syfy’s 7th annual 31 Days of Halloween spook-a-thon (October 1-31) will unleash 600 hours of spine-tingling programming including the premiere of the docuseries Town of the Living Dead (October 7); the 10th anniversary – and 200th episode – of Ghost Hunters (October 8 and October 22), and three terrifying Original Movies: Dark Haul (October 4), Dead Still (October 6) and Finders Keepers (October 18) – starring Tobin Bell, “Jigsaw” from the iconic Saw franchise.
Among the blood-curdling theatrical movie premieres airing during this year’s scarefest are Shutter (October 5) and the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (October 11).
Syfy’s new series Z Nation, about a band of everyday heroes transporting the only known survivor of a zombie plague to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood, continues its first season Fridays at 10PM (ET/PT). Z Nation stars Harold Perrineau (Oz, Lost) and Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty and the Beast)
Just an FYI – Syfy changed their schedule for its Thursday night lineup. Originally Haven was expected to air at 10PM ET/PT starting next Thursday with a lead-in from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. However, they announced today that they are shifting it around, leading with Haven in the 8PM time slot, with two episodes of Spartacus to follow each week.
It’s been almost a year since we heard about plans to create a “companion” series to AMC’s The Walking Dead, which would explore the Zombie Apocalypse in a different area of the world. Finally it is one step closer to happening with AMC giving a pilot order for the show.
We still don’t know anything about the show’s premise or location, but we do know that Dave Erickson, who helped create and write the pilot of The Walking Dead with Robert Kirkman, will be the showrunner and executive producer. The executive producing team of Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from the parent show will also be executive producers.
Production is expected to begin in late 2014.