Following its victory in court over who controlled film rights to the “Dungeons and Dragons” franchise, Warner Bros. is now getting closer to getting a film off the ground.
The Tracking Board broke the news last month that Letterman was being eyed for the job, but insiders tell Variety that others were still meeting and no formal offer had been given. Sources now say that a recent presentation to execs from Letterman helped secure him the job.
Letterman has been the front-runner for several weeks, but the studio wanted to see his presentation about his vision for the franchise. The presentation went well and an official offer is now on the table.
The film marks the second go-round for the project following the 2001 version which underwhelmed at the box office.
Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, and Roy Lee will produce. David Leslie Johnson has written a script for the pic.
The film has been in development for some time but the lawsuit between Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro about ownership of the sequel rights delayed progress. Once the settlement was finalized last August, the studio announced pre-production moving forward.
Letterman most recently helmed “Goosebump,s” which performed well at the box office, with Sony recently announcing that a sequel is development. He is repped by WME.