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Ben Stiller Up For Directing Aaron Sorkin’s TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7??

Published at: Oct. 23, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

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The Hollywood Reporter has a Thursday-morning story that indicates Ben Stiller (“Zoolander,” “Tropic Thunder”) has been meeting with DreamWorks about directing “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” from the script by Aaron Sorkin (“A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”). While a drama might seem a stretch for Stiller, it helps to remember that dramatic elements attended the Stiller-directed “Reality Bites” and “The Cable Guy,” and that Sorkin hasn’t yet authored a screenplay devoid of comedy. Read all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Whatever keeps this movie alive is fine by me.

    by Bungion Boy

    This is such a great, fascinating story. I really liked the documentary Chicago 10, but it wasn't perfect. I'd love to see a truly great film about this exciting event in our nation's history.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    911 Was An Inside Job

    by robertplant

    That is all.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Works for me

    by Aloy

    Let's see what Stiller's got, he might just pull it off.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    ugh, cognitive dissonance strikes again!

    by BadMrWonka

    I do want to see thismade, and I love anything Sorkin ever does...but Stiller? eek,I don't know...methinks it'll depend on the casting...

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    DREAMWORKS HAS GONE FULL RETARD

    by rhcp2sweet

    why isn't spielberg directing this anymore?

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Stiller is a competent director

    by DocManhattan

    Don't see why he couldn't make this work.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Hey, that

    by Amy Chasing

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Hey, that's my bike!

    by Amy Chasing

    Mr Furious directed Reality Bites. I had completely forgot.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Did anyone see the opening 10 minutes of tropic thunder?

    by TheDark0Knight

    If Stiller can pull that off, he can do anything. I think he should focus alot more of his time writing and directing.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Never would have picked this...

    by Latauro

    ...but the more I think about it, the more this makes sense. Yep, I'm on board with this idea.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    I actually perfer the Stiller as a director

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    to Stiller the actor. I think he does a very good job of it. And it's been his goal for his whole career. He's been trying to be a director of weird off the wall movies. This is a smarter match than most will realize.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    also check out Chicago 10 on PBS

    by TaraLivesOn

    It's very good. Sad too. History keeps repeating itself :-(

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Tropic Thunder was a mess

    by BenBraddock

    The trailer had all the good stuff - the film itself was a disappointment. RDJ was good but inaudible half of the time, Jack Black felt like comic relief in a comedy - superfluous - and Stiller was, well Stiller. I came out wishing I'd left after the trailers

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Hrrrrmmmm

    by macheesmo3

    Yes what we need more grandizement of the Baby Bommer hereo's.... Give it a rest!! Let's move on shall we?

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    ahh crap

    by macheesmo3

    Then I go and typo Boomers.....

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Why not?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Seriously.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST

    I liked Reality Bites

    by newc0253

    my favourite Winona Ryder film, other than Little Women.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Wasn't Spilberg attached to this?

    by ricarleite

    The SAAAAAD part of it is... changing today's hack Spielberg for Ben Stiller won't make a difference. Let me guess on casting... Owen Wilson, Vince Vaungh...

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Doesn't need a great director

    by The Ringwraith

    Sorkin's scripts pretty much direct themselves. If Rob Reiner couldn't screw up A Few Good Men or The American President then I'm confident Stiller can handle this.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    RE: YackBacker

    by ricarleite

    Different from Ben Stiller, Tom Hanks was never a comediant. He was just cast mostly on comedies in the 80s. Even his cameos on Family Ties were very dramatic - he played an abusive alcohoolic.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Sorkin hasn’t yet authored a screenplay devoid of comedy?

    by I Dunno

    Didn't you see Studio 60? You can walk and talk as fast as you want down that corridor, it's not going to make it any more funny.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    "Sorkin has yet to write a screenplay devoid of comedy."

    by Theta

    Intentional or unintentional?

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    "Sorkin has yet to write a screenplay devoid of comedy."

    by AshyLarry81

    He wrote A Few Good Men, which was a drama if I am not mistaken

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    So Owen Wilson...

    by Kid Z

    ...as Abbie Hoffman???

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    ashylarry, the point is there were some good comedic

    by Coughlins Laws

    moments in A Few Good Men...

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Sorkin...

    by Fortunesfool

    doesn't write comedies, he writes great dramatic characters who live and breath and occasionally say witty stuff. The West Wing is memorably funny but it's not a comedy. The wit makes the drama all the more effective. There's a truckload of so called writers who could do with learning that.

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Fortunesfool

    by frozen01

    Amen :)

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    But...both the writer and director are over 30

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    HOW CAN WE TRUST THIS MOVIE!?

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    He's dabbled in comedy

    by MajorMajorMajor

    Sports Night was a great comedy/drama show (as opposed to drama/comedy), spoiled only by it's irritating laugh track. Sorkin is one of the best writers working today, and I'll watch anything with his name on it.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    No...

    by DanielKurland

    It'd maybe be fine, but I'm sure not even Stiller thinks he's the best person for this job. Hell, let Whitford direct it.