Ben Stiller has become officially attached to direct and star in a long gestating big screen version of Walter Mitty, reports Deadline.

The film will be a remake of the 1947 flick, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which centred on a daydreamer with an active imagination who had a far more boring real life. Steven Conrad, who penned Will Smith starrer The Pursuit of Happyness, has written the screenplay that has finally gotten things moving along. Apparently Stiller "hopes" it will be another franchise starter along the lines of A Night at the Museum. Really? Every movie he has directed so far has been funny, almost darkly so, now he's hoping to kickstart a kiddie franchise behind the camera? And if it's like 'Museum' it won't be funny. 

Still is also at work on Zoolander 2, but has chosen not to direct that film, instead passing helming to Justin Theroux - who played the DJ at the funeral. Stiller is hoping to shoot 'Mitty' next.