Sacha Baron Cohen Offered Lead in 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
For 16 years there have been all sorts of "developments" on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye comedy of the same name that was loosely based on a short story by James Thurber. Back in 1994 the project had Jim Carrey attached to star with Steven Spielberg set to direct, but the most recent iteration (which was preceded with tons of re-writes from writers like Zach Helm, Jay Kogen, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant) had Mike Myers attached with Mean Girls director Mark Waters at the helm. But now Pajiba reports Myers is no longer involved and an offer is out to Sacha Baron Cohen to lead the film.
Cohen seems a perfect fit for a man who daydreams of being various kinds of heroes in times of need, and as a departure from the 1947 film which had Mitty as a comic book writer, this new iteration (whose script was just given another pass by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan) has Mitty as a timid mega-store owner who daydreams of being a swashbuckling hero, and when his reputation is put to the test, he must prove his ability to save the day. Whether this remake/adaptation will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but time is running out for 20th Century Fox who has a limited amount of time before the rights revert back to MGM (and with all the problems they're having, that would delay it even more). Anyone still interested?