Ben Stiller in Talks for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Remake
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: April 7th, 2011
A remake of the 1947 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (based on a short story by James Thurber) has been kicking around in development for years now. Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Sacha Baron Cohen have all eyed the lead role at some point, but even such considerable star power failed to overcome a reportedly problematic script. Ben Stiller is the latest actor to set his sights on the role, and Deadline hears the actor is committed enough to plan Secret Life as his next film.
Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) scripted a page-one rewrite, and won Stiller over with his fresh take on the material. Though the project has previously sirened the likes of Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and (most recently) Gore Verbinski, no director is currently attached. 20th Century Fox is looking for a director who can handle action scenes and deliver a PG cut. There are tentative plans to start filming in late fall. Read a synopsis for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty after the break.