Letterman sweet on ‘Candy’ pic

'Strangers' star Sedaris a motivating factor for 'Show' host

Dave wants to be in pictures.

The “Late Show” host and his Worldwide Pants production shingle have come aboard as producers of the tentatively titled “Strangers With Candy: The Movie.” Pic, based on the Comedy Central skein of the same name, marks the first time Letterman and “Pants” have backed a feature film. The film has not gained distribution yet.

Lorena David and Mark Roberts (“Extreme Dating”) of Roberts/David Film are also producing.

Letterman cited “Strangers” star Amy Sedaris, who’s also a writer on the movie, as a motivating factor for his decision to don a producer’s cap.

“Amy Sedaris is one of a handful of folks who actually make me laugh,” Letterman said. “I have no doubt her film will be as appealingly peculiar and funny as she is.”

Worldwide Pants prexy-CEO Rob Burnett said the decision to fund “Strangers” happened quickly and isn’t necessarily a signal of a desire to step up forays into feature films.

“Everything we do is case by case,” he said, noting that Sedaris has been a frequent contributor to “Late Show.”

“The script for the movie ended up over here, and I read it and then Dave read it,” Burnett said. “We got it on a Monday and by Wednesday, we said, ‘We’re in.’ ”

That said, Burnett believes that features could be an excellent area for the company because there’s not always the pressure to have the final product reach a mass audience.

“With film, you can make it for a relatively small budget and it doesn’t have to be a great, big blockbuster, (although on) the upside, you hope it breaks through and appeals to masses of people,” Burnett said. “The difficulty with television is that everything you do, on some level, has to appeal to a lot of people.”

Sedaris, Stephen Colbert (“The Daily Show”) and Paul Dinello — who created and starred in the “Strangers” small-screen skein — are reprising their roles for the feature, with Dinello directing. Lensing began two weeks ago.

In addition to producing “Late Show With David Letterman,” CAA-repped Worldwide Pants has a winning TV track record. Company is a producer on the CBS hit “Everybody Loves Raymond” as well as Craig Kilborn’s post-Letterman “Late Late Show.” Shingle also created NBC’s just-ended comedy/drama “Ed.”

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