According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Stiller is in negotiations to star in A Night at the Museum for 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy is directing.

The family comedy centers on a goodhearted but bumbling security guard, to be played by Stiller, who works at a museum of natural history and accidentally brings down an ancient curse that causes the animals and insects on display to come to life.

Museum is set to begin shooting early next year and is slated for a holiday 2006 release. The production was to have made Montreal its home but is now moving to Vancouver where the special effects houses that will be used for the movie are located.