If the fictional character of Walter Mitty were to regale us with his exploits in Hollywood, he might tell us about the time he both starred in and directed a big feature film. Seeing as Walter Mitty is a liar, it would have been a bunch of bullpucky, but for multi-talented Renaissance man Ben Stiller, it’s a reality baby. Stiller is no stranger to the director’s chair. We’ve seen him step behind the camera before for films like the highly underrated The Cable Guy, and the much lauded Tropic Thunder, And now it looks like his next directorial gig will be for a film that we’ve already heard he was looking to star in, Fox’s long in development “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” adaptation.
Walter Mitty, in its current form, has been written by The Pursuit of Happyness scribe Steve Conrad. It’s an adaptation of a short story by James Thurber, which has already been made into a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye. Mitty tells the story of the titular character, who has a boring job and is something of a boob, so he spends his day imagining himself in glamorous and adventurous situations. This new adaptation has been bouncing around from studio to studio in the form of several scripts, but it is said that Stiller took a liking to the project only once he saw Conrad’s new take on the material. New reports that he is in negotiations to direct as well as star in the picture seem to indicate that he doesn’t just like the script, he likes it-likes it. Before this, Stiller already has the comedy Neighborhood Watch on his plate, so we’ll have to wait and see how things develop.