Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Take a survey for the chance to win an iPad
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Two New Clips Of Michael Fassbender's Macbeth
Something wicked this way comes...
Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie
Is there a doctor in the house?
Keanu Reeves Gets Terrorised In New Knock Knock Trailer
Eli Roth's home invasion horror gets a promo
Release Date For World War Z Sequel
Zombiegeddon continues in 2017
First Look At Meryl Streep As Florence Foster Jenkins
Missing the high notes with Hugh Grant
Reese Witherspoon Goes Magical For Tink
Disney has her playing a live-action Tinker Bell
Kat Dennings Joins The Croods 2
Leslie Mann also aboard the DreamWorks Animation sequel
Whiplash's Melissa Benoist Driven To Lowriders
She'll star in the car culture drama
Justin Lin Brings Bruce Lee To TV
Developing crime drama Warrior for Cinemax
John C. McGinley Faces Horror In The Belko Experiment
Melonie Diaz is also on for the James Gunn-produced film
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
21 April 2015
Billy Zane Is Back Back Back For Zoolander 2
He's a cool dude!
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
While We're Young (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Watch (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ben Stiller Says I Am Chippendales
And he may direct The Current War

31 March 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Ben-Stiller-says-I-Am-Chippendales

Hollywood has been looking at the origin story of the Chippendales for years now. Directors such as Barry Sonnenfeld and Tony Scott have danced around the project but nothing has happened. Now American Beauty writer/True Blood creator Alan Ball is taking a shot with I Am Chippendales, and Ben Stiller is in talks for a key role.

This will not, in case you were wondering, explain how a bunch of bodybuilders got into some radioactive baby oil and became a superhero team. The real-life story of how the male revue started is even more twisted and odd than that, focusing on Paul Snider Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the man who originated the idea for the stripping sensations.

Starting out running gas stations and mudwrestling clubs, Banerjee hit pay dirt when he came up with the idea of presenting male strippers in a choreographed, brand-named touring fantasy show. But behind the success was a catalogue of lawsuits and mad paranoia, culminating in Banerjee paying a hit man to have original 'dales choreographer Nick DeNoia murdered. Denied bail following evidence that he'd made arrangements to flee to India in a private plane, Banerjee hung himself in his cell, hours before his sentencing.

How much of Banerjee’s life will make it to screens in this new version remains to be seen, but Stiller is eyeing the role of DeNoia. Ball is adapting the script from Rodney Sheldon’s book on the matter.

In related Stiller news, Deadline also has it that he's considering directing Michael Mitnick’s fact-based drama script The Current War about the clash between electricity moguls Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and their attempts to create a system that would work for America. It has been floating around since at least 2011, when the screenplay hit the Black List and attracted the attention of The Weinstein Company and director Timur Bekmambetov. The latter is now simply an executive producer, and Stiller has yet to make a deal for the project, but he’s definitely interested.

Acting-wise, Stiller is currently at work on Night At The Museum 3, which will hit our screens on December 19. He’ll also be seen in Noah Baumbach’s latest, While We’re Young, and is providing the voice of Alex for DreamWorks Animation’s The Penguins Of Madagascar, set for March 27 next year.


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

David Silverman Directing New Pink Panther Movie
The actual panther this time, not Inspector Clouseau
First Look At TV's New Constantine
Update: It's going to series


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Who Are The New Mutants?
Fox’s X-Men spin-off features a bunch of fresh faces. Here’s what you need to know...

Stoical Supermen: 10 Quiet Heroes That Get Stuff Done
Silent but deadly...

Ana Lily Amirpour On A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
'There's nothing sexier than a vampire...'

Rick Baker: Creature By Creature
The make-up effects titan on his greatest creations

12 Of The Weirdest Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Done On Camera
Outside of his movies, that is...

Spooks: An Oral History
Cast and crew on the spy smash

Barbarians And Battletrucks: The Weird World Of Mad Max Knock-Offs
20 diversions along the Fury Road

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
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)