The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 2013 American adventure comedy-drama film directed, co-produced by and starring Ben Stiller and written by Steve Conrad. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn.
This is the second film adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", following the 1947 version starring Danny Kaye. Following its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 5, 2013, the film was theatrically released by 20th Century Fox on December 25, 2013, in North America to generally mixed reception, but was a moderate box office success, and has since then garnered a strong cult following. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2013.