Ben Stiller to Star, Direct, and Produce HBO Comedy Pilot ALL TALK, Written by Jonathan Safran Foer; Alan Alda in Talks to Co-Star

     January 23, 2012


Ben Stiller and HBO clearly want to work together.  Word of a David O. Selznick biopic Stiller wants to produce (and possibly star in) surfaced in October.  That may still be in the early stages, but THR reported on a separate project that Stiller is more directly, more officially involved in.  Stiller has signed on to executive produce, direct, and star in the comedy pilot All Talk, scripted by Jonathan Safran Foer, the writer behind the novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  The potential series is described as a “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually, and sexually irreverent” look at a Jewish family in Washington DC.  Alan Alda is in talks to co-star in what would be his first regular series role since M*A*S*H.  My best guess says Alda and Stiller will play father and son—sounds fantastic on paper.  The pair previously worked together on Tower Heist and Flirting with Disaster.  Since Stiller is 46, there is room for at least one more generation in this family comedy.  Given the pieces so far, I am really curious to see how they fill out the cast.

Extremely Loud producer Scott Rudin and Eli Bush will executive produce alongside Stiller and Foer.  The pilot is tentatively scheduled to shoot this fall.  Stiller will next be seen on the big screen in the July 27 release Neighborhood Watch.