Ben Stiller in talks for reboot of 1947 film 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
Ben Stiller is in talks to star in a reboot of the 1947 film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Deadline reports.
The original film was based on a short story by James Thurber, published in The New Yorker in 1939 about a perpetual daydreamer who escapes his mundane existence by cultivating a vivid fantasy life.
Rumors of a remake have been tossed around for several years and stars like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Owen Wilson, Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell showed interest in the lead role. Directors like Ron Howard, Gore Verbinski and Steven Spielberg also all considered involvement in the project.
The 20th Century Fox reboot has yet to have a director attached, but the script was recently revamped by Steven Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness") which is what reportedly sparked Stiller's interest.
The original "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" starred Danny Kaye, who starred alongside Bing Crosby in the classic "White Christmas" and had his own TV show, "The Danny Kaye Show" in the mid 1960s.
Stiller is about to star in the Broadway revival of the play "The House of Blue Leaves," which opens on April 25. The actor also has six movies in production and another fourteen in development, including "Zoolander 2" and "Madagascar 3."