Ben Stiller Plans Tower Heist

February 19, 2010 by  
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Ben StillerBen Stiller is set to star in Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist, a sort of Ocean’s Eleven which sees a crew trying to steal back a load of cash off a tycoon that runs a skyscraper.

It’s been in the works for a number of years (originally under the name Trump Heist but apparently Donald was none too pleased about them using his namesake) with a cast that including Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker but never really go off the ground.

It was originally written by Ocean’s Eleven writer Ted Griffin (“I know, instead of a Casino, let’s have them rob a tower!” Sheesh) but it’s been re-wrtten by Noah Baumbach who’s moulded it more to Ben Stiller’s taste after their recent collaboration on Greenberg.

Ocean’s Eleven was great fun and we got to see some Hollywood A-Listers (Clooney, Pitt, Damon, Roberts) enjoying themselves with some slick visuals from Steven Soderbergh. Somehow, the idea of Ben Stiller larking about in a similar situation isn’t quite as appealing…

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