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Saturday 31 January 2015

Ben Stiller to remake Walter Mitty?

Ben Stiller has been linked to the Walter Mitty remake
Ben Stiller has been linked to the Walter Mitty remake

Ben Stiller is reportedly in talks to star in a remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

The revamp of the iconic 1947 film, starring Danny Kaye as an office worker who spends his time daydreaming, has long been in the pipeline, with several actors attached to play the lead, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson.

But Ben is said to have taken an interest in the project since the previous script was dropped and a new approach to the screenplay adaptation taken by Steve Conrad, writer of the Will Smith hit The Pursuit Of Happyness, Deadline.com reports.

Plans for a remake have been on and off since 1994, when Jim Carrey was lined up as the star, and at one stage Steven Spielberg was attached to direct.

Between 1994 and 2007 the script has been in the hands of more than a dozen writers, including Peter Morgan, writer of award-winning films Frost/Nixon and The Queen.

The rights to the film - based on James Thurber's literary character - have also changed hands several times, and are currently owned by 20th Century Fox.

Now Ben is coming aboard the project they are expected to move swiftly to find a director and get the film in production.

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