Behind the Scenes: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Deep Fried Movies has been grossly negligent in keeping up with our New Year’s Resolution to post a Behind the Scenes pic each and every day this year. But better late than never. We’ll start things off with a gallery of production photos from Ben Stiller’s reimagining of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on James Thurber’s two-page short story from The New Yorker in 1939 and previously made into a Danny Kaye musical in 1947.
This latest incarnation spent nearly two decades in development, with Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sascha Baron Cohen all once set to star and Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Gore Verbinski among those attached to direct. Stiller himself passed on the project back in 2005 – a version scripted by The Fisher King’s Richard LaGravenese and set to be directed by Mean Girls’ Mark Waters.
The film was shot on location in New York and Iceland (which doubled for Greenland and Afghanistan) and on film using Arricam Studio, Lite and 435 cameras. The photos come from Rotten Tomatoes, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, American Cinematographer Magazine and ScreenSlam.