The line between being a huge star on the small screen and big screen keeps getting blurred, and eventually it seems it won’t exist. Or at least that’s the way it seems when Ben Stiller agrees to star in an HBO show. But – working with Scott Rudin – Deadline Hollywood reports that Stiller will be starring, producing and directing in the HBO show All Talk, with Alan Alda in negotiations to co-star.
Stiller is one of the oddest stars to become an A-lister, as he rose through the ranks as a supporting player, and his first TV show – The Ben Stiller Show – was cancelled after a too-short run. But the 1-2 punch of There’s Something About Mary and Meet the Parents turned him into someone who could call their own shots. And though he made many missteps, his track record has been solid in delivering interesting work. He’s maintained a balance between studio schlock and personal projects, and so for every Night at the Museum sequel, there’s a Greenberg.
This is being written by Jonathan Safran Foer, who wrote the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Filming is set to begin in the fall, which means this won’t see the light of day until some time next year at the earliest. With Rudin producing, and Stiller behind and in front of the camera, it suggests that some talented people will be drawn to project. It’s one to keep an eye on.
What’s your favorite Ben Stiller film?