Ben Stiller in Talks to Star in Alan Ball’s ‘I Am Chippendales’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Ben Stiller is in talks to star in Alan Ball’s “I Am Chippendales,” the true-life story of how the male dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world.

Focusing on the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub by Paul Snider and Somen “Steve” Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, the former choreographer/partner who helped conceive the idea for the dance troupe with Banerjee and attorney Bruce Nahin and played a big part in the expansion of the act on a global level.

Ball will direct, produce and adapt the script which is based on Rodney Sheldon’s book.

Permut Presentations and Sentinel Pictures will also develop and produce.

The WME-repped Stiller was last seen in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” which he also directed and is in production on the Fox pic “Night at the Museum 3.” After playing a less family-friendly role in Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” in 2010, he will co-star in Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” opposite Naomi Watts.

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  1. Richard Barsh says:

    I wrote the original Chippendale show an own the copyright as well as Emcee at Chippendales from 1979 -1982..I had a signed agreement with Banerjee that it was my show and that I own the rights to it. I won a federal court copyright infringement case against Steve Banergee.

    Steve Banerjee and Nick De Noia conspired to steal my show by changing it slightly.
    Bruce Nehin represented Steve Banerjee and lost the cas..e he had nothing to do with creating that show
    .I use some of my material in a Monday night movie of the week with Gregory Harrison called for ladies only…variety wrote about it and me as the Emcee. 1981.

  2. Willard Wonka says:

    David L. Wolper presents

    Ben Stiller in…

    Dances with Dale(s)

    Ben is the original CANDY MAN! Giving ladies what a girl needs!

    A Heartwarming NC 17 film that makes Magic Mike look Kindergarten Cop! It will laugh, then make you cry! Kevin Costner as… John Conner Male Stripper™ saving the world from Skynet, one strip at a TIME!

  3. JD says:

    It is a real pity that Walter Mitty didnt do better as it was a very good movie. Came out of the movie with a big smile on my face as it was life affirming.

  4. Kenmandu says:

    Instead, they should really do the real “Chip ‘n Dale” story. How two chipmunks survived the Hollywood rodent race.

  5. Marlene Blaustein says:

    Just love Ben Stiller! Great actor and so handsome.My son has been told they look alike.

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