Ben Stiller to direct The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Los Angeles: Ben Stiller, who is starring in `The Secret Life of Walter Mitty` is also in talks to take on the helming responsibilities.

The `Pursuit of Happyness` scribe Steve Conrad is penning the script with Samuel Goldwyn Jr and John Goldwyn producing.

The film is a remake of the 1947 comedy starring Danny Kaye, which itself was originally based on a short story by James Thurber, the Variety reported.

The story revolves around a day-dreaming book editor who can`t seem to do anything right, so he imagines all sorts exciting lives for himself.