The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Poster


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The drunken helicopter pilot jokes that there "are like 8 people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, we see only 8 different people there.
"Life" was an American photojournalism magazine published from 1936 to 2007. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, as an intermittent special 1972-1978 and monthly 1978-2000. From 2004-2007 it became a weekly newspaper supplement published by Time Inc. The magazine's prestige lasted for two generations (in its heyday, it occupied five floors of the Time & Life Building in Midtown Manhattan) before waning due to changes in taste, drop in advertising revenue and the internet boom.
Despite Greenland being heavily featured, more specifically the capital city of Nuuk, all Greenland scenes were shot in Iceland.
Local Icelandic media reported on the willingness of residents and municipalities to assist in the film production, e.g. in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland and Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West. A town house in Stykkishólmur was painted black and the inhabitants in Seyðisfjörður agreed to keeping a low profile for a day.
Nikon, the maker of the F3/T camera used by Sean O'Connell, is blanked out by black tape. This may be done because the producers of the movie did not have permission from Nikon to use their name. It also may be done because many professional photographers will cover up the name of their cameras for various reasons, such as not to have to answer too many questions from lay photographers about their gear, or the desire not to advertise what they use to the general public.
When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available as a group of "horny Chileans" are also competing for the bicycle in order to go to a strip club. In 2010, Iceland's parliament passed a ban on strip clubs. The law made stripteases illegal in addition to banning any club from making a profit based on an employee's nudity.
Actors Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen were all considered for the role of Mitty during the development of this film.
In January 2014 a screener copy of the film was leaked to the web bearing the caption 'Property of Fox' at the top and ''Ellen Degeneres' 11/26/13' at the bottom. Degeneres' production company was forced to issue a statement regarding the issue.
The music in the film's first trailer is "Dirty Paws" by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.
There are technically two "last" Life magazine issues: One is the 20 May 2000 last monthly issue. This issue featured cover "premature baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., showing the picture of a tiny baby born prematurely, held in someone's hands, connected to life-supporting tubes. Contents included:
  • Born too soon, the high-tech, high-risk drama of keeping the tiniest babies alive.

  • George Story appeared as a baby in the first picture in the first issue of Life November 23, 1936 and died on April 4, 2000, only days after it was announced that Life would no longer be published as a monthly.

The second is the 20 April 2007 last supplement and last ever printed issue. Contents included: 21 Places You've Got To See To Believe-America's Hidden Treasures. This issue had a cover photograph of the John F. Kennedy statue at President's Park, South Dakota - one of America's Hidden Treasures and one of the 2 places you've got to 'see to believe'.
Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., whose father, the famed Samuel Goldwyn, produced The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) with Danny Kaye in 1947, conceived the idea of doing a remake in 1994 with Jim Carrey in mind for the title role. Walt Disney Pictures was enthusiastic to purchase the remake rights, but Goldwyn instead chose New Line Cinema, who held a positive working relationship with Carrey on Dumb & Dumber (1994) and The Mask (1994). The studio bought the rights in 1995 with the understanding that The Samuel Goldwyn Company would be involved in creative decisions. Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz (writers of Parenthood (1989) and A League of Their Own (1992)) turned in the first draft of the screenplay in July 1997. Ron Howard entered negotiations to direct that same month, as well as cover producing duties with Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Howard, Grazer, and Imagine Entertainment eventually left the project in favor of Edtv (1999), and the Mitty project languished in development hell over the challenges of using a contemporary storyline.
In April 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was offered and attached to star in the lead role. Later that month, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) writer 'Steven Conrad (I)' was hired to pen the screenplay, with Gore Verbinski announced as director in June 2010. In April 2011, it was announced that Ben Stiller had landed the lead role, and in July 2011, it was announced that he was also due to direct the film, due to Verbinski's involvement with The Lone Ranger (2013).
Filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Mark Waters have all considered remaking this project.
The camera being used by Sean O'Connell is a Nikon F3/T, which was a titanium version of the Nikon F3 (1980-2001) and was in limited production in the 1980s. The champagne colored version seen in the film was made from 1982-1985. Later versions were black.
Will Ferrell was considered for the role of Walter Mitty.
The 2 cars to choose from at the rent-a-car in Greenland are South Korean Daewoo Matiz.
Despite not having a final budget, Paramount scheduled a 12 December 2005 start date because their option on the remake rights was to end one week later; they would lose the rights if they did not start filming before December 20. However, Owen Wilson dropped out in October 2005 over creative differences. The Hollywood Reporter also speculated that Walter Mitty began to falter after Paramount failed to cast a female lead to star opposite Wilson. Scarlett Johansson had reportedly emerged as the front-runner after screen testing with Wilson earlier in October, but a deal was never signed with the actress. Paramount executives 'Brad Grey (I)' and Gail Berman decided to put Walter Mitty in turnaround in November 2005. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. found favor at Twentieth Century Fox and, in May 2007, it was announced that Mike Myers was attached to star in the title role. Jay Kogen was hired to write a new script that would be specifically tailored for Myers.
Ben Stiller stars in and directed the finished film; during one phase of development, Stiller's close friend and frequent "frat pack" co-star Owen Wilson was attached to the project.
In May 1999 New Line hired The Mask (1994) director Chuck Russell to rewrite the script and serve as Ron Howard's replacement. Filming was set to begin in early-2000, but was pushed back. Around this time, Peter Tolan worked on rewrites. In May 2001 Samuel Goldwyn Jr. filed a lawsuit against New Line over breach of contract purposes. Goldwyn claimed that the studio extended their 1995 deal until May 2001, but then announced that it wanted to transfer the rights for the remake to another company and have Goldwyn surrender his creative input. In November 2002 New Line was forced to revert the film rights back to Goldwyn, who won his lawsuit and took the property to Paramount Pictures. During pre-production discussions between Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) (which starred Jim Carrey), Steven Spielberg, head of DreamWorks, rekindled interest in working with Carrey; the duo previously considered Meet the Parents (2000), but the outing fell apart. In May 2003 Spielberg agreed to direct, and brought in DreamWorks to co-finance the Mitty project with Paramount (who would acquire DreamWorks in 2006).
Though they are uncredited, three of the five actors from the animated series, "Teen Titans" make an appearance, Tara Strong (Raven), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), & Hynden Walch (Starfire).
At one point during the film's long development, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg were attached and were interested in Kevin Anderson for the lead role of Walter Mitty.
In the early 1990s, Eric Bogosian adapted the story and was supposed to play the lead role.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Each of Walter's daydreams foreshadows a future event in the film.
The hotel keeper in Iceland (who eventually saves Walter during the eruption) drives a Russian made Lada Niva.

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