Ben Stiller’s highly anticipated adaptation of James Thurber’s classic short story ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY‘ which also stars Stiller alongside Kristen Wiig, will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 5, 2013 as the Centerpiece Gala presentation for the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival.
Stiller directs and stars in the remake of James Thurber’s classic story (first published in The New Yorker in 1939) of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt and Sean Penn also star.
Ben Stiller said, “I am incredibly honored and excited to have ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY’ premiere in the New York Film Festival. When I first heard, I wanted to make sure it was the one at Lincoln Center and not one in Utica or somewhere. Making this film has been a wonderful collaboration with a really special screenwriter, Steve Conrad, and all the extremely talented cast and crew who worked on this movie. Having grown up a few blocks away on Riverside Drive, I couldn’t be happier to have it premiere here.”
FilmLinc Daily Managing Editor Brian Brooks interview w/ Ben Stiller can be found – HERE
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones also includes: Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming; Gavin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment; Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight and Sound; and Marian Masone, FSLC Associate Director of Programming.
NYFF previously announced Paul Greengrass’s CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as its Opening Night Gala selection.