Gore Verbinski Taking Over 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
Though an adaptation of James Thurber's classic story story has been talked about intermittently over the years, there hasn't been any solids news on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in awhile. Back in April we heard that Sacha Baron Cohen had been offered the lead role in the film, but that rumor isn't mentioned in this new report from Risky Biz which says Gore Verbinski (whose animated film Rango just had its teaser debut today) has started negotiating with Fox to direct the film. Apparently a screenplay from Peter Conrad (Pursuit of Happyness) is the driving force behind the new energy in this film's long gestating development.
The last we heard about the script (from Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan) had Mitty as a timid mega-store owner who daydreams of being a swashbuckling hero, but when his reputation is actually put to the test, he must prove his ability to save the day. However, it's unclear if this new script from Conrad sticks to the same elements. Of course tons of talent have been attached to this project previously (including bigger names like Jim Carrey and Steven Spielberg), so this could end up being another failed attempt, however if Verbinski could get Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango collaborator and star Johnny Depp to step into the role, then I bet plenty of people in the industry and the audience would be excited for it. What do you guys think?