Ben Stiller in Early Talks to Join Alan Ball’s I AM CHIPPENDALES; Still Interested in Directing THE CURRENT WAR

     March 31, 2014

ben-stiller-i-am-chippendales

Ben Stiller may soon be adding “Chippendales choreographer” to his resume.  Deadline reports that Stiller is in early talks to take a lead role in writer/director Alan Ball’s upcoming drama I Am Chippendales.  Though at first glance the pic may seem like a cheap Magic Mike cash-in, Chippendales tells the odd true story of gas-station-attendant-turned-Chippendales-co-founder Steve Banerjee.  An immigrant to the U.S., Banerjee became inundated with excess and riches, growing paranoid and eventually hiring a hit man to murder a Chippendales choreographer and two ex dancers.  Should he sign on, Stiller would play the choreographer.

Hit the jump for more, including an update on Stiller’s next directorial effort.

ben-stiller-i-am-chippendalesBall, who won an Oscar for scripting American Beauty, committed to directing I Am Chippendales last year, along with the news that he will follow it up with I Dream of Gene.  After American Beauty, Ball spent the past decade working in television, creating HBO’s Six Feet Under and True Blood.  Now it appears that he’s ready to return to features in full force.

In addition to the news that Stiller may fill the choreographer role in I Am Chippendales, Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company is currently the favorite to make a deal on the film for distribution.  Stiller has ties to TWC, as he’s been circling the Thomas Edison drama The Current War as his next directorial vehicle for quite a while now, and Deadline reports that he’s still very interested in the project.

No word on when production might begin on Chippendales, but Stiller is currently busy filming Night at the Museum 3 and recently wrapped Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young.

Around The Web

Latest News

POINT BREAK Gets Reimagined in New Featurette Celebrating The Extreme Stunts

Go behind the scenes of the impressive stuntwork with a new featurette for Warner Bros. 'Point Break' remake.

KUNG FURY: Insane 80s Throwback Action Comedy Released Online

David Sandberg's over-the-top homage features Arcade-robots, ninjas, vikings, Hitler, and The Hoff.

Will Forte Joins Key and Peele Movie KEANU; Plot Details Revealed

Key and Peele play friends who decide to pose as gangsters in order to retrieve their stolen cat.

ALOHA Review

Say ‘goodbye’ to Cameron Crowe’s latest film and possibly his career.

SAN ANDREAS Review

It’s not “The Rock vs. The Earthquake”; It’s “Dwayne Johnson and an Earthquake”, and that’s good enough despite a selfish “hero”.

Make-Up Legend Rick Baker Is Retiring; Cites Studios Wanting “Cheap and Fast” Over Quality

We've not only lost an icon, but an entire artform is in danger of becoming extinct.

Director Kyle Newman Talks BARELY LETHAL, His PG-13 Battle, Assembling the Cast, and More

Plus his thoughts on High School movies, his first cut, and doing the film independently.

Poster Roundup: ANT-MAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN and TED 2

Big bullets, big explosions and ... Ted.

FAST & FURIOUS 8: Vin Diesel Shares Promo Poster Teasing New Location

Things might be getting significantly more violent in the eighth installment of the immensely popular franchise.

Watch: THE COMEDIANS Star Josh Gad Plays “Save or Kill”

Plus he talks about his first TV crush, his hidden talents, the worst job he’s ever had, and more.

Page 1 of 3,96912345...102030...Last »