DreamWorks' drama, "The Trial of the Chicago 7," has been a hot topic for months. Centered on the 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention, and the trial that followed, it couldn't be made at a more relevant time. It's scripted by everyone's favorite political writer, Aaron Sorkin. It was supposed to have begun shooting this spring, giving it a release coinciding with a new president, but it failed to come together. Cast members come and go. One week Steven Spielberg is attached to direct, the next week he's no longer involved. It's a surprisingly troubled start for a movie everyone would want to make.
The latest name to be attached has the entire film world buzzing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the newest member of the A-List attached to the film is none other than Ben Stiller. But he's not interested in starring -- he's reportedly in talks to nab the coveted director's chair.
This would be an enormous change of pace for Stiller, who has only helmed comedies like "Tropic Thunder" and "Zoolander." However, they were both excellent comedies -- and it's not as though Stiller is a complete stranger to drama. His acting career began with serious roles, and it's surely not a coincidence one of them was Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."
Given how long "Chicago 7" has already been delayed, I wouldn't be surprised if Stiller ends up being the man in charge. It would seem that there are no other contenders -- the last director standing, Paul Greenglass, has told CHUD he was no longer available. Stiller is a name no one saw coming ... and perhaps that's just the radical choice this wild historic topic needs.
What do you think, readers? Should Stiller stick to directing comedy? Or do you think it's time for him to branch out into dramatic territory, and nab himself an Oscar?