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Gore Verbinski to Direct ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Remake

Steve Conrad (“The Weather Man”) will write the second big-screen adaptation of James Thurber’s short story

Gore Verbinski, the real captain of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, has signed on to direct 20th Century Fox's remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the studio announced on Twitter earlier today.

Steve Conrad, who wrote Verbinski's underrated Nicolas Cage dramedy "The Weather Man," is working on the screenplay, which follows a timid man who daydreams of exciting adventures and falls for the daughter of a bank robber.

James Thurber wrote the original short story, which was first adapted for the big screen in 1947 with Danny Kaye in the title role.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and John Goldwyn will produce the picture, while John Bard Manulis and Richard Vane will exec produce.

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Sacha Baron Cohen and oddly enough, Whoopi Goldberg were all previously attached to star in the long-gestating project, which also had Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard Mark Waters and Chuck Russell circling the director's chair at various points in development.

Previous drafts have been written by a who's who of talented screenwriters including Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel ("City Slickers"), Zach Helm ("Stranger Than Fiction"), Richard LaGravenese ("The Fisher King"), Eric Bogosian ("Suburbia"), Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"), Marc Hyman ("Meet the Fockers"), David Reynolds ("Finding Nemo"), Jay Kogen ("The Simpsons") and Russell ("Arabian Nights").

"Walter Mitty" could begin production as soon as next spring, when Verbinski's first animated feature, "Rango," is released by Paramount.

Verbinski is represented by CAA.