The project, about a man who moves to the suburbs and discovers some mysterious extra-terrestrial activity, has been in development for some time. It was originally envisioned as a vehicle for Will Farrell. However, after years of being mired in development hell, Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg turned in a rewrite that got Stiller interested enough to sign on.
Currently, Stiller’s Tropic Thunder co-scripter Justin Theroux is working on a new draft for 20th Century Fox with Akiva Schaffer of Saturday Night Live and the sketch group Lonely Island set to direct.
If a deal is made with Vaughn, it is possible that the film could begin production as early as November.
Stiller and Vaughn haven’t been paired in a movie together since 2004’s Dodgeball. As that film brought in somewhere in the vicinity of $115 million in domestic box office gross, I am sure that Fox is hoping that the pair will get struck by the same lightning twice.
This would also be Stiller’s first non-sequel comedy since Tropic Thunder. And since I haaven’t really enjoyed him in the Focker films this is definitely welcome news.