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Details Emerge of Ben Stiller’s ‘Walter Mitty’ Movie Plans

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At long — long — last, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is set to go into production in April, with Ben Stiller directing and starring.  The James Thurber tale about a milquetoast with an extremely active fantasy life has inspired big-screen desires in Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Owen Wilson, Kevin Anderson, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg over the last decade or so as it’s been in and out of development hell.  But Stiller’s the one who’ll be uttering Mitty’s trademark ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa.  He’s in active preproduction on the feature that will shoot in New York for 20th Century Fox.

Stiller’s “Mitty” will be different from both the original short story and the Danny Kaye movie of 1947.  This time, we’ll find Mitty with a sister who wants to get into a local production of Grease, and his mother in an assisted living facility.  He’ll be seen working at Life magazine,where he catalogs photographs of other people’s feats and travels — until a crucial negative turns up missing, launching him on a real-life adventure.

‘Little Fockers’ Gears Up for September Start

Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo in Universal's "Meet the Parents"

Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo in Universal's "Meet the Parents"

“Little Fockers” – the third installment of the Focker comedies starring by Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, and Teri Polo — will be rolling the beginning of September, a couple of months later than initially planned, with rehearsals to begin next month or August.  The delay, according to Polo, has to do with Stiller’s crowded work schedule on another project.

What does she think of the script?  “We’re not seeing the script ’til we start shooting, basically,” says the lovely actress, who just turned 40.  “They’re working on that as well.”

For Polo, the “Fockers” films – also starring Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, and Owen Wilson — are “a dream job…it’s an honor to be part of this.”  It also happens to fit well into her personal life as the mother of two.  “My daughter is young enough, she can come on the set,” she says of two-year-old Bailey.  Her son Griffin, who turns seven this summer, “came onto the set of ‘Meet the Fockers’ with me,” she recalls.  “It’s being shot in L.A. so I really don’t have to break away from them.  It’s nice to have a little bit of normalcy, then a little bit of abnormalcy.”

The actress also lucked out, schedule-wise, she says, in the production of NBC’s July 26 and Aug. 2 “The Storm” mini series with James Van Der Beek, David James Elliott, Treat Williams and John Larroquette.  “I’m in the beginning of the movie, hunting down what’s going on and hunting down the bad guys,” says Polo, who plays “a very feisty, ornery personality” in the mini.  “The weather only gets really bad when I’m out of the picture.”