Ben Stiller goes dramatic?

Funnyman Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder) is apparently in consideration to direct The Trial Of The Chicago 7, a court movie based on real events which Steven Spielberg (the Indiana Jones films) has been dragging along for a couple of years. Paul Greengrass, director of the last two Bourne films, was attached to the pic in August.

The script was written by Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War) and a few actors are already attached, namely Sacha Baron Cohen (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street), Will Smith (Hancock) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War).

As far as I know, Stiller has never strayed, even slightly, from comedy, so if this confirms, will he pull it off? I find that comic actors are often of excellent dramatic performances, but what about comedy directors? On a side note, the events were also recently the subject of an animated documentary titled Chicago 10.

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Facebook: The Movie? Not exactly…

Everyone is shaking their heads in disbelief over the fact that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War) is now penning a movie based on Facebook, the immensely popular social networking website, and has even set up a group on said site, in order to get more info about it. But apparently, people should listen more carefully to Sorkin, because the movie will focus on the people who created Facebook, and how the popular site was created, not “a magical Facebook adventure”.

I thought Pirates Of Silicon Valley, a TV-movie chronicling the rise of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and their respective companies, was quite a fascinating film, and while the Facebook creators probably aren’t as interesting (then again, who knows?), Aaron Sorkin is one of the most talented screenwriters in Hollywood today, so I am personally looking forward to this film, what about you?