There is a lot of history surrounding Ben Stiller’s new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The story was first introduced in 1939 in a short story by James Thurber. Thurber is the great American writer who wrote such classics as My Life and Hard Times and the children’s book, The 13 Clocks. You may have heard Keith Olbermann read his words on air, he often did and read Thurber stories to is dying father every night.
In 1947, Samuel Goldwyn, the famous Hollywood producer who launched Paramount Pictures and Goldwyn Pictures back in the 1916, bought the rights to The Secret Life of Waler Mitty and made it into a successful comedy starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. James Thurber actual co-wrote the script of the comedy and was said to be very happy with it. He would die a thirteen years later at the age of 66.
Now, sixty-five years later, Ben Still is introducing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to a new generation who will get the chance to know James Thurber’s great work.
The story is about vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife’s visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes. The first is as a pilot of a U.S. Navy flying boat in a storm, then he is a magnificent surgeon performing a one-of-a-kind surgery, then as a cool assassin testifying in a courtroom, and then as a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilotvolunteering for a daring, secret suicide mission to bomb an ammunition dump. As the story ends, Mitty imagines himself facing a firing squad, “inscrutable to the last.” Each of the fantasies is inspired by some detail of Mitty’s mundane surroundings. It’s quite brilliant really.
The film stars Ben Stiller, who Directs, Kristen Wigg, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is due out December 25, 2013.
Here are some great images of Ben Stiller and Kristen Wigg in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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