Fox Planning 'The Snowy Day' and Horror 'The Mountain' for Ben Stiller
Over the next couple years, Ben Stiller is going to be quite busy with projects like the recently announced Rentaghost that reunites him with Night at the Museum writers Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, the sci-fi action comedy Neighborhood Watch, a new take on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and maybe, hopefully Zoolander 2 sometime down the road. Now Fox has just set up two more project for the actor, director and producer. The first project is an unlikely one, but with an interesting reunion as Deadline says Stiller is developing a new horror film to direct called The Mountain from Reality Bites writer Helen Childress.
Based on characters from Edith Warton's novel Summer, the film is set in the early 1900's and follows a young woman who struggles to confront her destiny after stumbling upon a mysterious object that forces her to examine the secrets of her past. Apparently it has shades of Rosemary's Baby as the source of the horror, and that sounds like something completely different for Stiller whose most dramatic and serious film was Reality Bites. It should be interesting to see how he handles genre material like this as opposed to his mostly comedic resume that includes Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.
But that's not the only film Stiller is working on with Childress as the duo are also working on an adaptation of the classic children's book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The book follows is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Sounds like it could be a touching family film as long as it stays away from the silly antics of a family film like Snow Day. Either way, Stiller has plenty of projects to keep him extremely busy for at least the next three to four years, and if that keeps him away from doing another Fockers sequel, that's fine with me.