Deadline reports, Ben Stiller is directing Super Sad True Love Story while Showtime is set to distribute. You can read the full press release below.
Nearly one year after Ben Stiller began developing the 2010 novel Super Sad True Love Story for a television series with writer Karl Gajdusek, Showtime has nabbed the project with Stiller attached to exec produce and direct, Variety has learned.
Currently in development at the premium cabler, the books author Gary Shteyngart will serve as an exec producer with Stiller and Gajdusek, who is penning the television adaptation. Media Rights Capital is producing.
Super Sad True Love Story is a satire of contemporary American values and trends, including the erosion of American political values, the obsession with youth, and the urge to publish personal information through social networking. A unique blend of comedy, tragedy, absurdity and neurosis, the epistolary novel is built around the diaries of protagonist Lenny Abramov and the online posts of Eunice, telling their love story against the backdrop of an American dystopia.
For Stiller, the dramedy marks his scripted television directorial debut. The Zoolander stars director credits include Zoolander and the upcoming sequel, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tropic Thunder, Reality Bites and The Cable Guy. As for TV producing, Stiller is an exec producer on Comedy Centrals Another Period and also served as an exec producer on the reality dating show parody Burning Love.