Ben Stiller has signed onto direct 20th Century Fox’s upcoming horror film ‘The Mountain,’ Deadline is reporting. The movie, which was written by Helen Childress, who also scripted Stiller’s 1994 directorial debut ‘Reality Bites,’ is based on characters from the Edith Wharton novel ‘Summer.’
‘The Mountain,’ which is being produced by Stiller and his Red Hour partner Stuart Cornfeld, will be set in the 1900s. It follows a young woman who struggles to confront her destiny after she discovers a mysterious object that forces her to examine her past. The tone of the film is said to be similar to ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’
The news of Stiller’s hiring comes after he became attached to direct Aaron Sorkin’s political drama ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7.’ The actor-director is also developing a remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,’ which he’ll helm and appear in. Stiller is also said to be on board to direct ‘Zoolander 2′ for Paramount.
Stiller and Childress are also working together to develop an adaptation of the children’s book ‘The Snowy Day’ with Fox. Childress also wrote ‘Mother’s Confidential’ for Paramount and ‘Allison’s Starting To Happen,’ starring Sandra Bullock, for Warner Bros. Meanwhile, Stiller is also shooting the comedy ‘Neighborhood Watch’ under the direction of Akiva Schaffer for Fox.
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