|For ages now, the remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty has been high up on Jim Carrey’s to-do list, right behind ‘gurn a lot’ and ‘talk with my bum’. In fact, he’d also reportedly been in talks with Steven Spielberg to direct. It was only a matter of time, we thought, before we needed to buy popcorn and a ticket.|
Today, though, it’s clear that Carrey has well and truly moved on from the project. What was our first clue? Oh, the news that Owen Wilson has signed on to star instead.
Wilson will now take the role of Walter Mitty, an ordinary guy with an extraordinarily vivid imagination. The part made famous by Danny Kaye in the 1947 original – so famous, in fact, that the name has entered the lexicon.
Empire was always excited about the manic comedic possibilities offered by Carrey’s presence in the role, but Wilson seems likes equally apt casting. A fine comic actor with a unique drawling delivery system and no little charm, his slacker persona should fit Mitty perfectly.
Mark Waters – the director of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday – will call the shots, while – to give a hint at the absurdity that we might expect – the script has been written by Richard LaGravenese, who has written for Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King and the unfilmed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) in the past. With Gilliamesque sensibilities meeting Waters’ commercial comedic skills and Wilson’s smarter-than-the-average-Frat-Packer style, this could be something special.