Ben Stiller Now Bringing New Life to 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
Last year we found out that the long-gestating adaptation of James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty may have found a lead actor in Sacha Baron Cohen and a director in Gore Verbinski. However, a new name is now fueling the project. Deadline reports Ben Stiller is currently in talks with 20th Century Fox to take the title role in the film. Apparently a new take on the script from The Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad is the source of Stiller's interest, and the studio is hoping to get the project off the ground later this year. A director is currently being sought to make the family friendly film.
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. We're still not sure how much Conrad's take on the story changes things up, but it's obviously turning some heads. It would be nice if the project finally got off the ground after having such names as Steven Spielberg and Jim Carrey trying to adapt the story. Surely Fox is pleased with Stiller's work in their successful Night at the Museum franchise, and hopes to have the same kind of success with this project too.