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Fireworks moves to live-action Realms

Fireworks TV, a division of Canada’s CanWest Entertainment specializing in sci-fi and the supernatural, has inked a licensing agreement with Hasbro to develop a live-action TV series based on the Forgotten Realms role-playing game property.

Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast and the company’s intellectual property development arm will work with Fireworks to develop storylines for the TV series. Fireworks is negotiating to bring a production partner for the series on board.

Already a worldwide phenom, with more than 150 novels and 100 game books available, Forgotten Realms focuses on a medieval world in which wizards and sorcerers wield various magic skills. It is essentially an offshoot of the Dungeons & Dragons games and books, also a Hasbro property.

“Forgotten Realms is a property that’s rich with characters and dynamic settings,” Hasbro properties group prexy Jane Ritson-Parsons said. “Fireworks has the expertise to develop a series that will capture the fantasy of Forgotten Realms and take the traditional role-playing game to the next level.”

“To work with Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro on the development of this unique property with such a large and loyal following is a real opportunity for both our companies,” said Fireworks TV VP Daniel Tibbets.

Fireworks is behind the upcoming syndicated series “Mutant X” and “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda,” as well as “A Wrinkle in Time,” a telepic based on Madeleine L’Engle’s book, co-produced with Miramax for broadcast on ABC’s “Wonderful World of Disney” in February.

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