20th Century Fox has acquired the spec script The Mountain for Ben Stiller to direct. The script comes from Helen Childress, who also wrote Stiller’s 1994 feature directorial debut Reality Bites. Deadline reports that The Mountain is a horror project based on characters from Edith Wharton’s novel Summer. Set in the 1900s, the story centers on “a young woman who struggles to confront her destiny after stumbling upon a mysterious object that forces her to examine the secrets of her past.” The tone is said to be along the lines of Rosemary’s Baby.
While the dramatic material may seem an odd fit for Stiller, the comedic actor had previously been attached to direct Aaron Sorkin’s political drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 (though word on that project has been mum for quite some time). He’s also developing a remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which he’ll direct and star in. Then there’s Zoolander 2 that he plans to direct, though Paramount is dragging their feet in bringing that project to fruition. For shame, Paramount, for shame.