Ben Stiller to stage heist in NY
Ben Stiller is to begin filming Brett Ratner's new comedy Tower Heist in New York in November, it has been confirmed.
The project has been in the pipeline for four years and the director has been in talks with the Meet The Parents star for some time, but he has now confirmed to Deadline Hollywood that Ben is on board and they are ready to start shooting.
Ben will play an overworked manager of a luxury building who, along with other staff, lost their pensions to a Wall Street swindler.
The fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts plot a heist as revenge.
The project was originally created as Trump Heist, and the plot was intended to revolve around a group of African American workers targeting Donald Trump. But the film has now evolved after being rewritten by Ted Griffin, who wrote the Ocean's Eleven remake.
Ratner said: "It has become the quintessential New York heist movie, where a bunch of blue collar employees in a tower building pull off the ultimate heist.
"I brought the script to Ben on the Little Fockers set, and said 'this is perfect for you'. He was looking at other projects. I asked Noah Baumbach to do some specific character work for Ben. Then my Rush Hour guy Jeff Nathanson brought it home.
"The major difference from the Ocean's film is those guys were expert thieves. These are real guys whose talent is they know the inner workings of the building and the people in it. It took a long time for this to come together, but it was totally worth the wait. This has a lot of heart to go along with the humour."