Tropic Thunder: According to Variety, Hot on the heels of renewing the Ben Stiller / Stuart Cornfeld "first look deal," DreamWorks is mobilizing Tropic Thunder as the next film Stiller potentially directs and toplines, based on an original script he wrote with Etan Cohen and Justin Thoreau.

Tropic Thunder could be the next directing assignment for Stiller, who's coming off Meet the Fockers and is eager to get back behind the camera for the first time since Zoolander. Stiller said the film idea has been rattling around his brain since he went on location to make 1987's Empire of the Sun.

"What started out as a comedy about the hardship of actors having to reintegrate into society after taking the two-week Dale Dye boot camp and filming a war movie has turned into a comedy about five actors who go on location and find themselves relying on their boot camp experiences when they get stuck in a real war-like situation," Stiller said. He will play one of the actors.