Many are suggesting that The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty will completely change people’s idea of Ben Stiller as a director. Indeed, after the first footage screened last month, there was very, very early Oscar buzz. Now he may take on another huge project, as Robert Downey Jr. has Stiller is in early talks to direct a live-action version of Pinocchio for Warner Bros, according to Deadline.
Official negotiations have not begun yet, although there have been discussions with writers for this new movie. Robert Downey Jr. is currently set to star as Geppetto, and will also produce with his wife Susan Downey. Ben Stiller’s involvement sprung from an interview Robert Downey Jr. gave for Iron Man 3, where the actor-producer said he wanted Ben Stiller to direct Pinocchio, after Tim Burton’s departure.
No story details have been given, although Robert Downey Jr. wants to go in a different direction than the movie he had planned with Tim Burton. If a deal comes together, the project would mark a reunion for Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., who worked together on the hit 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder.