Actor-director-writer Ben Stiller, who recently starred in “Flirting with Disaster” and helmed “The Cable Guy,” has inked an exclusive, first- look deal with Fox 2000, the Laura Ziskin-helmed 20th Century Fox film division.
The two-year deal calls for the young hyphenate to write, direct and produce films under his own banner. Stiller has not targeted a specific project yet, but has discussed several projects with Ziskin.
“The reason why I’m so excited about this deal is because Ben is such a multiple talent,” said Ziskin. “This is a producing deal, but he also directs, writes and acts. Additionally, this is someone who has his finger on the pulse of what is current, unique and hip. He has a fresh, original voice and a sense of what’s happening.”
Similar to ‘Babyface’ deal
Fox 2000 has not entered into many such deals since Ziskin opened the film division’s doors in 1994. Ziskin did, however, ink a similar deal recently with the production banner of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife, Tracey. The first film under the deal is the dramedy “Soul Food.”
Stiller currently is scripting an adaptation of Budd Schulberg’s novel “What Makes Sammy Run” for Warner Bros., in which he may also star and direct.
The filmmaker also has inked deals to star in “Zero Effect,” co-starring with Bill Pullman for Castle Rock, and “Permanent Midnight,” based on Jerry Stahl’s autobiography of the same name, for Live Entertainment.
From ‘Zero’ to ‘Midnight’
“Zero Effect” is slated to begin production in April while “Permanent Midnight” is expected to lens this summer.
The son of the comedy duo Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Stiller made his acting debut 12 years ago in John Guarre’s Broadway play “The House of Blue Leaves.” He then cut his onscreen teeth with acting gigs in “Empire of the Sun,” “Next of Kin,” “Fresh Horses” and “Stella.”
He made his feature helming debut in 1994 with “Reality Bites,” in which he co-starred with Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke.
Stiller was repped by his agents at UTA and his attorneys at Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown Inc.