Ben Stiller will lend his comedic skill for HBO's next comedy pilot "All Talk". The Greg Focker of "Little Fockers" has signed on to direct, executive produce as well as star in the project which comes from novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who also wrote "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". The 2005 novel itself was recently adapted into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
"Ben Stiller continues to be a major, multi-talented star because of his discerning ability to embrace creative and innovative projects - whatever the medium," said HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo. "We were enormously pleased that Ben responded to this extraordinary work from Jonathan Safran Foer."
"All Talk" revolves around the daily and life-altering dramas of a Jewish family in Washington, DC., and is described as "politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent." Emmy winner Alan Alda is currently in talks to star opposite Stiller.
Production for the comedy pilot is set to start this fall. Stiller will team up with Foer, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush to serve as executive producers. The 46-year-old actor has previously worked together with Rudin in "Zoolander" and "Greenberg".