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Showtime Developing Novel ‘Super Sad True Love Story’ with Ben Stiller Directing (EXCLUSIVE)

Nearly one year after Ben Stiller began developing the 2010 novel “Super Sad True Love Story” for a television series with writer Karl Gajdusek, Showtime has nabbed the project with Stiller attached to exec produce and direct, Variety has learned.

Currently in development at the premium cabler, the book’s author Gary Shteyngart will serve as an exec producer with Stiller and Gajdusek, who is penning the television adaptation. Media Rights Capital is producing.

“Super Sad True Love Story” is a satire of contemporary American values and trends, including the erosion of American political values, the obsession with youth, and the urge to publish personal information through social networking. A unique blend of comedy, tragedy, absurdity and neurosis, the epistolary novel is built around the diaries of protagonist Lenny Abramov and the online posts of Eunice, telling their love story against the backdrop of an American dystopia.

For Stiller, the dramedy marks his scripted television directorial debut. The “Zoolander” star’s director credits include “Zoolander” and the upcoming sequel, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Reality Bites” and “The Cable Guy.” As for TV producing, Stiller is an exec producer on Comedy Central’s “Another Period” and also served as an exec producer on the reality dating show parody “Burning Love.”

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