Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
We're looking for reporters for the BFI London Film Festival
Movie News

First Still From The Journey Released
Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness
Bel Powley Joins Wilding
Co-starring in the elevated horror thriller
Ellie Kendrick Cast In The Levelling
Game Of Thrones actress starring in flood drama
Transformers Franchise Planned Up To Part 8
Ten more years in the works
Sam Smith's Spectre Theme Released
UPDATE: Now with promo video
More Movie News

03 October 2015
Alexander Payne's Downsizing Set Up At Paramount
Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon still attached
More Movie News

Zoolander 2
12 February 2016
More Future Films

Hot Pursuit (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Good Lie (2015)
Empire Star Rating
While We're Young (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Inherent Vice (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Wild (2015)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Stiller Still Up For Used Guys
Long-delayed comedy moving again?

05 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

submit to reddit

The futuristic comedy Used Guys was mothballed three years back when a spiralling budget and the other commitments of stars Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller made it an impractical proposition. But it looks like it's not quite dead in the water after all, with the news today that Ben Stiller is once again in talks to star as the film is rebooted as "more of a romantic comedy".

The plug was originally pulled on the film just a month prior to shooting on the basis that the sets would not be complete in time, delaying the film and making it impossible to finish shooting prior to Stiller and then-co-star Jim Carrey's other commitments kicking in. It later became apparent, however, that the problem was with the budget, with Fox pulling out when it sailed north of $110 million despite both stars and then-director Jay Roach taking paycuts to keep it under control.

Now, Little Miss Sunshine's Jonathan Drayton and Valerie Faris are in talks to direct, and Reese Witherspoon has been "approached" to play the female lead. The film was originally centred on a pair of obsolete pleasure clones - we're guessing that, in the rewrite, it centres more on just one of them, and the girl/ clone/ whatever that he loves.

Stiller and Witherspoon were set to star together last year in a new film for Cameron Crowe, but that doesn't seem to have moved very far, so this could be their first collaboration.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Inglourious Posters Online
Pitt and Roth are utter Basterds
Wolverine Sequel Goes Into Development
Japan-set story planned, and more

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Jessica Chastain On The Martian
On becoming an astronaut and rescuing Matt Damon AGAIN

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

Hallowed Ground: Folk Horror In British Film
Ten tales from our island's dark past

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)