Ben Stiller Returns To TV At HBO

Stiller will star and direct a comedy pilot from the writer of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In 1992, Ben Stiller first made his breakthrough in the Fox sketch comedy series, "The Ben Stiller Show." Twenty years later, Stiller may find a new home on TV at HBO.

According to Deadline, Stiller has been signed to star in "All Talk," a new HBO comedy pilot from novelist Jonathan Safran Foer ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close").

A statement released by HBO describes "All Talk" as  “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent” as it follows "the daily and life-altering dramas of a Jewish family in Washington, DC." Stiller will also direct the pilot from Foer's script, with both men slated to executive produce the potential series alongside Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.

Stiller is best known for his starring turns in dozens of feature films, including "There's Something About Mary," "Meet the Parents," "Zoolander," "Tropic Thunder," "Night at the Museum," "Starsky & Hutch," "Mystery Men," "Zero Effect," "Reality Bites" and "The Cable Guy." Stiller is currently starring in and directing a movie called "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

“Ben Stiller continues to be a major, multi-talented star because of his discerning ability to embrace creative and innovative projects – whatever the medium,” related Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming. “From major blockbuster motion pictures to small independent films; from Broadway to off-Broadway, the common thread is always the excellence of the material. We were enormously pleased that Ben responded to this extraordinary work from Jonathan Safran Foer.”
 
"All Talk" is expected to begin filming in the fall of 2012. The pickup marks the latest addition to HBO's busy production slate. Earlier this week, Rudlin signed a deal to develop the documentary "Indie Game: The Movie" into a comedy series.

Rudlin is also working on two other projects for HBO, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom;" which launches this fall. And the other potential drama series is, "The Corrections;" an adaptation of Noah Baumbach's novel with Dianne Wiest and Ewan McGregor in the leads. A recent report on Deadline suggests that McGregor and Wiest may soon be joined by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bruce Norris, Greta Gerwig and Rhys Ifans.