The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been itching to be remade for some time. Now, it’s looking like the film, which originally hit theaters in 1947 and bookshelves five years before that, might actually make its return. Pajiba reports that 20th Century Fox has offered Sacha Baron Cohen the lead role. No director is yet attached to the project, nor is it officially in production, but things are looking up.
Walter Mitty has run through a series of actors and filmmakers for the past two decades. Jim Carrey, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers, and Mark Waters (among others), have all been tied to the project at one point or another.
The film is about a “mild-mannered” man who has five heroic daydreams that are inspired by his mundane surroundings. In the original story, he flies a hydroplane during a storm, performs an impossible surgery, plays an assassin in a courtroom, pilots a plane on a crazy bombing run, and faces a firing squad. With the right filmmaker on board, this could make for a great movie. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a CGI-fest like Bedtime Stories. More on the film as we hear it.