Ben Stiller’s ‘Walter Mitty’ Draws Early Raves; RDJ Wants Stiller to Direct ‘Pinocchio’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 14th, 2014 at 11:31 am,

geppetto pinocchio Ben Stillers Walter Mitty Draws Early Raves; RDJ Wants Stiller to Direct Pinocchio?

Pinocchio is a retelling of the famous Carlo Collodi fairy tale, which was scripted by Bryan Fuller (creator of the Hannibal TV series) and thereafter given a rewrite from Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black), in the hope of getting Tim Burton to commit as director. However, now that Burton is moving forward with Big Eyes as his next project instead, it appears that RDJ is looking for someone else to take the helm.

It seems that the Iron Man/Sherlock Holmes actor may already have a candidate in mind, as he’s expressed a desire to reunite with Ben Stiller (who directed and co-starred with Downey in the popular comedy Tropic Thunder) on Pinocchio.

Downey, during a promotional event for the fast-approaching Iron Man 3 in Italy, expressed his desire to collaborate with Stiller on Pinocchio to Sky Italia, but the rough translation makes it hard to discern, for certain, whether or not the actor wants Stiller to direct the film. Stiller at the helm would make sense, though, given that Downey must be comfortable working under his direction at this point.

Tropic Thunder cast Ben Stillers Walter Mitty Draws Early Raves; RDJ Wants Stiller to Direct Pinocchio?

Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. worked together on ‘Tropic Thunder’

Moreover, the CinemaCon response to Walter Mitty suggests that Stiller would be a good choice to realize the darkly-whimsical world and fantastical characters found in the Pinocchio story onscreen for a new generation. He certainly has the right sense for dark and sardonic comedy that would befit a Fuller and Goldman-scripted fairy tale, having made such films as Reality Bites, The Cable Guy and Zoolander.

Of course, there’s no word yet on whether or not Stiller wants the job; though, if he does accept the offer, look for the live-action Pinocchio to make it to the big screen before Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion animated version.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens in U.S. theaters on December 25th, 2013.

Source: LA Times, /Film, Sky Italia

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  1. Off topic, but the picture above reminded me of something. Is there anyone else here besides me who couldn’t figure out what Downey was saying half the time in Tropic Thunder? I thought his audio was worse than Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

  2. I loved the original story and think Stiller can pull off the character effectively.

    Here’s hoping…

  3. Stiller did a good job with Tropic Thunder and I wish to see another jewel crafted by him. RDJ as Geppetto is a smart casting choice but… there will be a motion-capture film adaptation of Pinocchio by Del Torro? God, just how many projects is he going to make?

    Anyway, I look forward for further news of both Walter Mitty and Pinocchio. Thanks, Screenrant!

  4. Cant wait for Walter Mitty. Sounds like a good ben stiller flick, and i havent seen one of them in a while, the last ben stiller movie i saw was tower heist and while enjoyable, wasnt his best work. Ben seems to be a very solid director after having seen The Cable Guy, Zoolander and most of Tropic Thunder. So I believe Walter Mitty could be one of his better offerings in years.

    As for RDJ and Pinocchio, I would rather see Sherlock Holmes 3 but whatever, this could be good to, especially with Ben Stiller involved.

  5. I love Tropic Thunder and I’m a fan of Ben Stiller’s work. It would be great seeing RDJ and Stiller teaming up again.

    One thing to consider though: what if Downey ends up directing Pinocchio? He has said that he has an interest in directing a movie at some point… just a thought.

  6. Superb movie!I could add Amelie to your mentions as a similar.