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Ben Stiller's next directorial effort may be the Thomas Edison drama The Current War

Jul. 30, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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Ben Stiller has had a pretty nice run as a filmmaker. Starting with REALITY BITES, he went on to make THE CABLE GUY, ZOOLANDER, and TROPIC THUNDER before completing THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. The trailer for MITTY premiered this morning and showcased a much more nuanced style than we have seen from the actor. The trailer looks like a combination of Michel Gondry and Wes Anderson, which is one hell of a mix for a director.

But, the dramatic components of MITTY may not be Stiller's last foray into serious filmmaking. The Hollywood Reporter names him as one of the candidates to take over THE CURRENT WAR for producers The Weinstein Company. The Black List screenplay byMichael Mitnick was originally going to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov, but he has dropped out although will remain as producer. The synopsis sounds really intriguing.

The story takes place in the late-1880s and revolves around power titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's battle over the distribution of electricity. Edison championed direct current (DC) for electric power distribution over alternating current (AC), which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.

I am sure Nikola Tesla would figure into the equation somewhere which instantly makes me think of Christopher Nolan's THE PRESTIGE. Before seeing the trailer for THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, I was unsure if Stiller would be a match for the material. Now, I hope he takes the job. I would love to see him stretch his abilities behind the camera and deliver something truly remarkable.

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11:32PM on 07/31/2013

Tesla!

Should be the centerpiece of this movie. Westinghouse would have been nothing without Tesla's Dynamo motor for Niagara. And Edison had a shot at Teska's work but he took a shit all over Nikola's ideas. In fact I would kill for a good biopic on Tesla. He hobnobbed with the elite because of his genius regardless of his status as a broke inventor. And Tesla's quirky character would be in good hands with Stiller I believe.
Should be the centerpiece of this movie. Westinghouse would have been nothing without Tesla's Dynamo motor for Niagara. And Edison had a shot at Teska's work but he took a shit all over Nikola's ideas. In fact I would kill for a good biopic on Tesla. He hobnobbed with the elite because of his genius regardless of his status as a broke inventor. And Tesla's quirky character would be in good hands with Stiller I believe.
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4:27AM on 07/31/2013

Tesla!

Should be the centerpiece of this movie. Westinghouse would have been nothing without Tesla's Dynamo motor for Niagara. And Edison had a shot at Teska's work but he took a shit all over Nikola's ideas. In fact I would kill for a good biopic on Tesla. He hobnobbed with the elite because of his genius regardless of his status as a broke inventor. And Tesla's quirky character would be in good hands with Stiller I believe.
Should be the centerpiece of this movie. Westinghouse would have been nothing without Tesla's Dynamo motor for Niagara. And Edison had a shot at Teska's work but he took a shit all over Nikola's ideas. In fact I would kill for a good biopic on Tesla. He hobnobbed with the elite because of his genius regardless of his status as a broke inventor. And Tesla's quirky character would be in good hands with Stiller I believe.
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8:29PM on 07/30/2013
Will Tesla be cloning Hugh Jackman again?

Will be really cool to see Stiller tackle a dramatic period piece as a directing project. He could knock it out of the (Menlo) park.
Will Tesla be cloning Hugh Jackman again?

Will be really cool to see Stiller tackle a dramatic period piece as a directing project. He could knock it out of the (Menlo) park.
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7:32PM on 07/30/2013
I'll see anything Ben Stiller directs. I've always loved his work and he does a very well done job with his projects when he has full control of them. Tropic Thunder makes me laugh very hard each time I see it.
I'll see anything Ben Stiller directs. I've always loved his work and he does a very well done job with his projects when he has full control of them. Tropic Thunder makes me laugh very hard each time I see it.
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6:43PM on 07/30/2013
Stiller knows how to direct a good film. Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, and Cable Guy are some of my favorite comedies.
Stiller knows how to direct a good film. Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, and Cable Guy are some of my favorite comedies.
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5:40PM on 07/30/2013
The only two things you need to know about Tesla and Edison:

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Edison was a douche.
The only two things you need to know about Tesla and Edison:

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Edison was a douche.
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