Warner buys Dungeons and Dragons

Rights for the classic role-playing game have been bought with a new film already in the pipeline

Warner Bros has reportedly scooped up the film rights to 'Dungeons & Dragons'.

Deadline says that a production is already in progress and is 'quite far along', with a writer in place – David Leslie Johnson, who penned 'Wrath of the Titans' and 'Red Riding Hood'.

[Related story: Duncan Jones to direct World of Warcraft movie]

Dungeons & Dragons... new film planned (Copyright: Marvel Productions)

Johnson is also a protege of Frank Darabont, who helmed 'The Shawshank Redemption' and the first season of 'The Walking Dead'.

The film is set to be produced by Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon, who are currently working on another game-based property, the anticipated 'The Lego Movie'.

Oddly, Solomon directed a film version of the legendary role-playing game in 2000 starring Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch, but it was a box office disaster.

The game, devised by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, has made in the region of $1 billion in books and merchandise.

It also proved hugely popular in its animated form, the cartoon running from 1983 to 1985 and syndicated around the world.

It follows news that a film version of its online descendent, 'World of Warcraft', will be directed by 'Moon's Duncan Jones.