Akiva Schaffer May Direct NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH With Ben Stiller Circling Starring Role

     June 14, 2011

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It looks like The Lonely Island member and Hot Rod director Akiva Schaffer may next helm a high-profile sci-fi comedy. Schaffer, who currently serves as a writer on SNL, has been offered the director’s chair on Fox’s long-in-development comedy Neighborhood Watch. Heat Vision reports that Schaffer has the offer, and that Ben Stiller is circling one of the starring roles. The plot revolves around a suburban neighborhood watch group that serves as a front for some dads just wanting some time away from their families. You know, for fantasy baseball and such. Things go awry, however, when the stumble upon a plot to destroy the world.

Originally, Peter Segal (50 First Dates) was going to direct the flick, but it appears that he’s now left the project. Last we heard, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had come aboard to perform a rewrite of the script. Hit the jump for more.

ben-stiller-imageWhile Stiller hasn’t officially signed on yet, the report states that he’s been mulling over Watch and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as his next project after he finishes filming Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist. The report says they’ve heard that he’s now settled on Watch. Personally, I’d love to see the Zoolander sequel get going, but until Paramount comes to their senses and gives Stiller and Co. a real budget, we’ll have to settle for orange mocha frappuccinos to cheer us up.

Neighborhood Watch has two starring roles, and if Stiller signs on he’ll take one of them. No word on who Fox is eyeing for a co-star, but Will Ferrell had previously shown interest in the project before he backed out. We probably won’t hear more until they nail down a director.

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