The Cat In The Hat's Mike Myers, coming off a spectacular weekend with Shrek the Third, has just signed onto the comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The film is a remake of an old Danny Kaye classic. According to Variety, it has moved from Paramount to 20th Century Fox.
Jim Carrey was attached to the film for a very long time, and it once seemed as if the remake would never get made. Now, Myers is jumping into the role of Mitty, a hapless daydreamer. The script has also crossed the desks of some high profile directors over the years. Both Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard were attached at one time or another to direct the picture.
Even Mean Girls director Mark Waters tried his hand at it, casting Owen Wilson in the lead. Now, the production is starting from scratch with a version that has been tailor made for Myers.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of many films that Myers currently has in the works. His next live-action comedy will be The Love Guru, which he talked up quite extensively on the Shrek junket circuit. That film will begin production in September.
Myers isn't quite sure what his next move will be. It will either be Mitty, or he might do the drama See Me, Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure. In that particular project he would play the hard living drummer of the Who.
There is no official word on when The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will go into production.