Ben Stiller to Direct Goodness


Ben Stiller has been set by Participant Media to direct Help Me Spread Goodness, a drama with comic overtones, reports Variety.

The script, about a Chicago banker who gets swindled in a Nigerian Internet scam, was written by Mark Friedman and developed by Participant Media executive vice president Jonathan King and president Ricky Strauss before they took it to Stiller.

Stiller will produce with Red Hour partner Stuart Kornfeld and Jeremy Kramer.

The trade adds that the timing of when Stiller helms the film depends on the progress of The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama that Stiller took over after Steven Spielberg exited as director.