By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 21, 2010 at 9:45AM
The Movie Is Still Being Directed By Brett Ratner Though
The Good: "Tower Heist" stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena and now Téa Leoni.
The Bad: It's being directed by Brett Ratner.
So yes, we have mixed emotions on the upcoming heist comedy but we're remaining cautiously optimistic. With the production gearing for a November shoot in New York City, the film will follow an overworked manager of a luxury building (Stiller) who, along with other staff, loses their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook (Alda). It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole. Sidibe and Pena will be joining Stiller in the master plan to rip off the Madoff character. No word yet on Murphy or Leoni's roles but that should be cleared up soon.
If you still don't know what to make of this project, maybe it will help to know that Noah Baumbach lent his hand at the script (mostly in shaping Ben Stiller's character, though).