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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Taglines: Stop dreaming. Start living.

Director: Ben Stiller

Writers: Steve Conrad, James Thurber

Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn, ...

The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean ...
The drunken helicopter pilot jokes that there "are like 8 people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, we see only 8 different people there.
"Life" was an American photojournalism magazine published from 1936 to 2007. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, as an intermittent special 1972-1978 and monthly 1978-2000. From 2004-2007 it became a weekly newspaper supplement published by Time In
Local Icelandic media reported on the willingness of residents and municipalities to assist in the film production, e.g. in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland and Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West. A town house in Stykkishólmur was painted
Despite Greenland being heavily featured, more specifically the capital city of Nuuk, all Greenland scenes were shot in Iceland.
Nikon, the maker of the F3/T camera used by the Sean O'Connell character in the movie is blanked out by black tape of gaffers tape. This may be done because the producers of the movie did not have permission from Nikon to use their name. It also may be do
When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available as a group of "horny Chileans" are also competing for the bicycle in order to go to a strip club. In 2010, Iceland's parliament passed a ban on strip
Actors Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen were all considered for the role of Mitty during the development of this film.
In January 2014 a screener copy of the film was leaked to the web bearing the caption 'Property of Fox' at the top and 'Ellen Degeneres 11/26/13' at the bottom. Degeneres' production company was forced to issue a statement regarding the issue.
The music in the film's first trailer is "Dirty Paws" by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.
There are technically two "last" Life magazine issues: One is the 20 May 2000 last monthly issue. This issue featured cover "premature baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., showing the picture of a tiny baby born prematurely, held in someone's hands, conne
Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., whose father, the famed Samuel Goldwyn, produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) with Danny Kaye in 1947, conceived the idea of doing a remake in 1994 with Jim Carrey in mind for the title role. Walt Disney Pictures was
In April 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was offered and attached to star in the lead role. Later that month, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) writer 'Steven Conrad (I)' was hired to pen the screenplay, with Gore Verbinski announced as director in June 2010. In Ap
The camera being used by Sean O'Connel, being played by Sean Penn is a Nikon F3/T, which was a titanium version of the Nikon F3 (1980-2001) and was in limited production in the 1980s. The champagne colored version seen in the film was made from 1982-1985.
Filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Mark Waters have all considered remaking this project.
Will Ferrell was considered for the role of Walter Mitty.
Despite not having a final budget, Paramount scheduled a December 12, 2005 start date because their option on the remake rights was to end one week later; they would lose the rights if they did not start filming before December 20. However, Owen Wilson dr
The 2 cars to choose from at the rent-a-car in Greenland are South Korean Daewoo Matiz.
Ben Stiller stars in and directed the finished film; during one phase of development, Stiller's close friend and frequent "frat pack" co-star Owen Wilson was attached to the project.
In May 1999 New Line hired Mask director Chuck Russell to rewrite the script and serve as Howard's replacement. Filming was set to begin in early-2000, but was pushed back. Around this time, Peter Tolan worked on rewrites. In May 2001 Goldwyn filed a laws
At one point during the film's long development, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg were attached and were interested in Kevin Anderson for the lead role of Walter Mitty.
In the early 90s, Eric Bogosian adapted the story and was supposed to play the lead role.
Each of Walters daydreams foreshadow a future event in the film.
The hotel keeper in Iceland (who eventually saves Walter during the eruption) drives a Russian made Lada Niva.
All Greenland scenes were shot in Iceland.
The drunken helicopter pilot jokes "there are like 8 people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, he only sees 8 different people.
As of 2014, Papa John's has no restaurants in Iceland. A bakery in the West Iceland town of Borgarnes was converted into Papa John's for the movie.
In January 2014 a screener copy of the film was leaked to the web bearing the caption 'Property of Fox' at the top and ''Ellen Degeneres' 11/26/13' at the bottom. Degeneres' production company was forced to issue a statement regarding the issue.
Three actors from the animated series, Teen Titans (2003) make an uncredited appearance, Tara Strong, Greg Cipes, and Hynden Walch.
Sean O'Connell's camera is a Nikon F3/T, a titanium version of the Nikon F3 (1980-2001) in limited production in the 1980s. The champagne colored version seen in the film was made from 1982-1985. Later versions were black.
The 2 rental cars in Greenland are Daewoo Matizes.
At one point, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg were attached and wanted Kevin Anderson as Walter Mitty.
In the early 1990s, Eric Bogosian adapted the story and was supposed to play the lead role.
When Walter enters the bar in Greenland, the song "Don't you want me" is played as a karaoke song in the background. This song was also used to promote "Zoolander 2" at the Paris fashion week in 2015.
In "the secret life of Walter Mitty" (1947) in one of the dream sequences, Walter's name is Gaylord. Ben Stiller, who portrays Walter Mitty in this film, also portrayed Gaylord (Greg) Focker in "Meet the parents"(2000)
A 1947 film titled The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo may also be of interest.
Each of Walter's daydreams foreshadows a future event in the film.
The hotel owner in Iceland, who eventually saves Walter during the eruption, drives a Russian-made Lada Niva.
"Life" was an American photojournalism magazine. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, as an intermittent special from 1972 to 1978, and monthly from 1978 to 2000. From 2004 to 2007 it was a weekly newspaper supplement published by Time Inc. In its h
Sean O'Connell's camera has its Nikon logo blacked out. The movie's producers may not have had Nikon's permission to use their name. However, many real-life professional photographers cover their cameras logos to avoid questions from lay photographers, or
When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available because a group of "horny Chileans" want to take the bicycle to a strip club. Iceland's parliament banned strip clubs in 2010. The law made striptease
Technically, Life magazine had 2 "last" issues. The last monthly issue was published May 20, 2000. The cover story, "Premature Baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., featured a picture of a tiny baby, born prematurely, held in someone's hands, connected to
Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., whose father,Samuel Goldwyn, produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) in 1947, conceived the idea of doing a remake in 1994, with Jim Carrey in mind for the title role. Goldwyn chose New Line Cinema, which had a positiv
Shirley MacLaine, who plays Edna Mitty in the film, appeared on the cover of Life magazine four times: the first time with her daughter, Sachi Parker, in the February 9, 1959 issue; the second time to promote her film My Geisha in the February 19, 1961 is
In May 1999, New Line hired Chuck Russell to replace Ron Howard and rewrite the script. Filming was set to begin in early 2000, but was pushed back as'Peter Tolan' worked on rewrites. In May 2001 Samuel Goldwyn Jr. sued New Line for breach of contract. Go
When one of the men shout to Walter Mitty when he's running for the bike, the man shouts "stay gold Ponyboy stay gold!" This is a reference to S.E. Hinton's teen novel The Outsiders (1967).
Walter pulls a Buzzcocks T-shirt from his backpack. The lead singer of Buzzcocks was Peter Shelly who sang the song "Major Tom". Major Tom is a character borrowed from the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" referenced and used in the movie.
The drunken helicopter pilot jokes that "There are like eight people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, he only sees eight different people.
Actors Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen were all considered for the role of Walter Mitty during the development of this film.
In January 2014, a screener copy of the film was leaked to the web bearing the caption "Property of Fox" at the top and "'Ellen Degeneres' 11/26/13" at the bottom. Degeneres' production company was forced to issue a statement regarding the issue.
When one of the men shout to Walter Mitty when he's running for the bike, the man shouts "Stay gold, Ponyboy! Stay gold!", a reference to S.E. Hinton's teen novel The Outsiders.
Ben Stiller starred in and directed the finished film; during one phase of development, Stiller's close friend and frequent "frat pack" co-star Owen Wilson was attached to the project.
Three actors from the animated series, Teen Titans (2003) make an uncredited appearance: Tara Strong, Greg Cipes, and Hynden Walch.
When Walter enters the bar in Greenland, the song "Don't You Want Me" is playing as a karaoke song in the background. The song was also used to promote Zoolander 2 (2016) at Paris fashion week in 2015.
The skateboard scene in the park is performed by Rodney Mullen, multiple world champion in freestyle and a member of the infamous Bones Brigade in the '80s.
When Walter arrives at the rental car company, he is offered a red car or a blue car. Similar to the choice Neo had to make in The Matrix between a red pill or a blue pill.
In a dream sequences in the 1947 version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Walter's name is Gaylord. Ben Stiller, who portrays Walter Mitty in the 2013 film, played Gaylord (Greg) Focker in Meet the Parents (2000).
Walter is wearing black shoes at the beginning of last scene, when the camera changes he is wearing brown shoes.
"LIFE" was an American photojournalism magazine. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, as an intermittent special from 1972 to 1978, and monthly from 1978 to 2000. From 2004 to 2007, it was a weekly newspaper supplement published by Time Inc. In its
Local Icelandic media reported on the willingness of residents and municipalities to assist in the film production. A townhouse in Stykkishólmur, on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in the west, was painted black. The inhabitants in Seyðisfjörður in East Icelan
Sean O'Connell's camera has its Nikon logo blacked out. The movie's producers may not have had Nikon's permission to use their name. However, many real-life professional photographers cover their camera's logos to avoid questions from lay photographers, o
When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available, because a group of "horny Chileans" want to take the bicycle to a strip club. Iceland's parliament banned strip clubs in 2010. The law made stripteas
Technically, LIFE magazine had two "last" issues. The last monthly issue was published May 20, 2000. The cover story, "Premature Baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., featured a picture of a tiny baby, born prematurely, held in someone's hands, connected t
Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., whose father, Samuel Goldwyn, produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) in 1947, conceived the idea of doing a remake in 1994, with Jim Carrey in mind for the title role. Goldwyn chose New Line Cinema, which had a positi
In April 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to star in the lead role. Later that month,'Steven Conrad (I)' was hired to pen the screenplay, with Gore Verbinski announced as director in June 2010. In April 2011, it was announced that Ben Stiller had land
Shirley MacLaine, appeared on the cover of Life magazine four times. The first time was with her daughter, Sachi Parker, in the February 9, 1959 issue. The second time was to promote My Geisha (1962) in the February 19, 1961 issue. The third time was to p
Paramount wanted to start filming on December 12, 2005, despite lack of a final budget, because they would lose the remake rights if they didn't start filming before December 20. Owen Wilson dropped out in October 2005 over creative differences. The Holly
In May 1999, New Line hired Chuck Russell to replace Ron Howard and rewrite the script. Filming was set to begin in early 2000 but was pushed back as Peter Tolan worked on rewrites. In May 2001, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. sued New Line for breach of contract. Gol
According to Patton Oswalt he actually was one of the script doctors on this project in the years when it was still in 'development hell.' Though it's unknown if he worked on this current version of the script, he was brought back as an actor.
"LIFE" was an American photojournalism magazine. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, as an intermittent special from 1972 to 1978, and monthly from 1978 to 2000. From 2004 to 2007, it was a weekly newspaper supplement published by Time Inc. In its heyday, it occupied five floors of the Time & Life Building in Midtown Manhattan. George Story appeared as a baby in the first picture in the first issue of Life, published November 23, 1936. He died April 4, 2000, days after LIFE announced it would no longer be published as a monthly.
Local Icelandic media reported on the willingness of residents and municipalities to assist in the film production. A townhouse in Stykkishólmur, on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in the west, was painted black. The inhabitants in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland agreed to keep a low profile for a day.
Sean O'Connell's camera has its Nikon logo blacked out. The movie's producers may not have had Nikon's permission to use their name. However, many real-life professional photographers cover their camera's logos to avoid questions from lay photographers, or to avoid advertising their gear choices.
When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available, because a group of "horny Chileans" want to take the bicycle to a strip club. Iceland's parliament banned strip clubs in 2010. The law made stripteases illegal and banned any club from making a profit based on an employee's nudity.
Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen were all considered for the role of Walter Mitty.
Technically, LIFE magazine had two "last" issues. The last monthly issue was published May 20, 2000. The cover story, "Premature Baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., featured a picture of a tiny baby, born prematurely, held in someone's hands, connected to life-supporting tubes. The last printed issue was the supplement published April 20, 2007. The cover story, "21 Places You've Got To See To Believe-America's Hidden Treasures" featured a photo of the John F. Kennedy statue at President's Park, South Dakota.
Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., whose father, Samuel Goldwyn, produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) in 1947, conceived the idea of doing a remake in 1994, with Jim Carrey in mind for the title role. Goldwyn chose New Line Cinema, which had a positive working relationship with Carrey. The studio bought the rights in 1995, with the understanding that The Samuel Goldwyn Company would be involved in creative decisions. Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz turned in the first draft of the screenplay in July 1997. Ron Howard entered negotiations to direct the same month, as well as cover producing duties with Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Howard, Grazer, and Imagine Entertainment eventually left the project in favor of Edtv (1999), leaving the Mitty project in development hell.
In April 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to star in the lead role. Later that month, Steve Conrad was hired to write the screenplay, with Gore Verbinski announced as director in June 2010. In April 2011, it was announced that Ben Stiller had landed the lead role. In July 2011, it was announced that he was also due to direct the film, due to Verbinski's involvement with The Lone Ranger (2013).
Rodney Mullen, who performs the skateboard scene in the park, is a world champion in freestyle, and was a part of the Bones Brigade in the 1980s.
Shirley MacLaine, appeared on the cover of Life magazine four times. The first time was with her daughter, Sachi Parker, in the February 9, 1959 issue. The second time was to promote My Geisha (1962) in the February 19, 1961 issue. The third time was to promote The Children's Hour (1961) in the February 23, 1962 issue. The fourth time was to promote Irma la Douce (1963) in the June 21, 1963 issue.
Ben Stiller starred in and directed the finished film. During one phase of development, Stiller's close friend and frequent "frat pack" co-star Owen Wilson was attached to the project.
Paramount wanted to start filming on December 12, 2005, despite lack of a final budget, because they would lose the remake rights if they didn't start filming before December 20. Owen Wilson dropped out in October 2005 over creative differences. The Hollywood Reporter speculated that Walter Mitty began to falter after Paramount failed to cast a female lead to star opposite Wilson. Scarlett Johansson had reportedly emerged as the front-runner after screen testing with Wilson earlier in October, but a deal was never signed. Paramount executives 'Brad Grey (I)' and Gail Berman decided to put Walter Mitty in turnaround in November 2005. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. found favor at Twentieth Century Fox. In May 2007, it was announced that Mike Myers was attached to star in the title role. Jay Kogen was hired to write a new script specifically tailored for Myers.
In May 1999, New Line hired Chuck Russell to replace Ron Howard and rewrite the script. Filming was set to begin in early 2000 but was pushed back as Peter Tolan worked on rewrites. In May 2001, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. sued New Line for breach of contract. Goldwyn claimed that the studio extended their 1995 deal until May 2001, then announced that they wanted to transfer the rights for the remake to another company and have Goldwyn surrender his creative input. In November 2002, New Line was forced to revert the film rights back to Goldwyn and took the property to Paramount Pictures. During pre-production discussions between Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures on A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), which starred Jim Carrey, Steven Spielberg, head of DreamWorks, rekindled interest in working with Carrey. In May 2003, Spielberg agreed to direct and brought in DreamWorks to co-finance the Mitty project with Paramount, which acquired DreamWorks in 2006.
Patton Oswalt claims he was one of the script doctors during the years of 'development hell'.
The name of the boat "Erkigsnek" is the Icelandic word for "Peace".
Sean O'Connell's camera has its Nikon logo blacked out. The movie's producers may not have had Nikon's permission to use their name. However, many real-life professional photographers cover their camera's logos to avoid questions from lay photographers, avoid advertising their gear choices, and shield the expensive gear from potential thieves.
When Walter is about to embark on his Himalayan trip the t-shirt he pulls out the rucksack is of legendary Manchester (UK) punk band Buzzcocks. Perhaps a reference to the punk ideals of his dad, who gave him the mowhawk when he was a teenage skateboarder.