Time flies, and it was a year ago that Ben Stiller put his name down as the producer of the TV adaptation of Gary Shteyngart's best-selling novel "Super Sad True Love Story." Now twelve months later, he's agreeing to step behind the camera.
Variety reports that Stiller will direct the project for Showtime, with Karl Gajdusek ("Oblivion," "Trespass") writing the scripts. Set in the near future, the satire follows a Russian immigrant and a Korean American who cross paths in a nation that is in the midst of a downward spiral. Here's the book synopsis:
In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?
No word yet on when the developing project might start lensing, but Stiller is behind the very different "Zoolander 2" which opens next month.