Ben Stiller will fulfill a producer role as NBC reimagine the 1994 cult comedy, Reality Bites. The film, which starred Stiller as well as providing his directorial debut, was released in 1994 and gained a cult following years after its release, Deadline report.
Reality Bites seemed to capture a generational issue: fresh out of college and struggling to get a job. “Although it never became the definitive document of Generation X, Reality Bites is a touchstone for anyone just out of college and stuck with more ideals than job prospects, not to mention a head full of bad-TV trivia,” explained Rolling Stone at the time.
And in these times of austerity - youngsters out of school are finding employment space – a show based on such a dilemma could be perfectly timed. Co-producing with Uni TV are Stiller’s Red Hour Television and Double Feature Films, the company run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher – both worked on the 94 movie.
Helen Childress, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, is back on as writer, meaning much of what made the 90s comedy can be found in the modern reboot. The original pic also starred Winona Ryder, Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Janeane Garofalo.
Since directing Reality Bites, Stiller has forged a formidable comedy career, with performances in Zoolander and Starsky and Hutch. Having been born in New York to parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Stiller was never going to perform a work-a-day job – Hollywood was always beckoning the 47-year-old star.
Stiller is working on a TV version of his 1994 film