It was announced two months ago that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman was in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the Dungeons & Dragons reboot. Now, the studio has confirmed that the man is aboard. Warner Bros. is moving full-steam ahead on their live-action redo of the beloved RPG after winning full control over the film rights earlier this year.
According to Variety, Rob Letterman delivered a presentation for his D&D movie that wowed executives and won him the job. The filmmaker had been the front runner for many weeks. But the studio required a visual presentation before they would officially sign Letterman. What he brought to the table was reportedly quite amazing.
This new take on Dungeons & Dragons, which first became a movie back in 2000, is being produced by Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis alongside Sweetpea Entertainment's Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman. Roy Lee is also on as a producer. Rob Letterman will be working from a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson.
Dungeons & Dragons was in development a while before the lawsuit between Hasbro and Sweetpea reared its ugly head. They studios argued over sequel rights, and the court case delayed progress on the movie. The settlement was finalized in late August of 2015. Soon after, Warner Bros. announced that pre-production was happening.
Rob Letterman got his start as a director in animation, helming the Dreamworks Animation movies Shark Tale and Monsters Vs. Aliens. His first live-action movie was the 2010 reboot Gulliver's Travels starring Jack Black. He then moved onto Goosebumps, once again working with Black. The pair will reunite a fourth time (Black voiced one of the lead characters in Shark Tale) for Goosebumps 2. While it isn't stated, it is believed that Goosebumps 2 will shoot first for Sony. And don't be surprised if you hear that Jack Black has signed onto Dungeons & Dragons in some capacity. Black will next be seen starring opposite Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in the Jumanji remake.