The studios are headed to arbitration on the issue of the title, which TWC has set for an Aug. 16 release in the U.S. Warner Bros. is asserting it has rights to the title, due to a 1916 comedy short of the same name, and that TWC did not clear the title with Warner Bros.
Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels. It is based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about White House employee Eugene Allen. Daniels will produce with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods.
Neither TWC nor Warner Bros. commented for this story.
The Deadline.com site first reported the dispute over the title.