The 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' director is reportedly one of many filmmakers eyeing 'The Current War' as potential directorial vehicle.
Hot on the heels of the debut of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" first trailer, Ben Stiller is reported setting his eyes on a Thomas Edison movie that The Weinstein Company is currently in talks to produce and finance. The Hollywood Reporter learns that Stiller is one of several directors circling "The Current War".
The film is based on Michael Mitnick's 2011 Black List script. It "chronicles the true-life public battle fought between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for domination of the early power industry." It was initially set with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" helmer Timur Bekmambetov, but no further movement on the project has taken place ever since.
Though Bekmambetov, who directed James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie in "Wanted (2008)", is no longer committed to serve behind the lens, he will still be involved in the project as producer alongside Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch.
Besides remaking "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", Stiller has 13 other titles in his portfolio as a director. Among them are "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder", both of which the Emmy Award winner also starred in.
Stiller has additionally been courted for Robert Downey Jr.'s "Pinocchio (2013)", but up to now, there has been no official word on whether he jumps aboard or not.