The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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Every nondescript office has its secret dreamer. Meek and mild Walter Mitty spends his time conjuring up heroic daydreams, but when a mysterious stranger comes along he finds himself plunged into real-life adventures. The film is based on a much-anthologised 1939 James Thurber story first published in The New Yorker, which also spawned a 1947 film with Danny Kaye. The word ‘Mittyesque’ denotes someone who’s more caught up in daydreams than the real world: tellingly, Terry Gilliam described ‘Brazil’ as ‘Franz Kafka meets Walter Mitty’. After a complicated development process, Ben Stiller was chosen as the lead and director, starring along Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Shirley MacLaine. It’s produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr, whose father produced the 1947 version.