Ben Stiller recycles sci-fi comedy Used Guys

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Three years after Fox pulled the plug on Used Guys, the futuristic comedy that had Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller on board to star and Jay Roach directing, the studio is aiming to revitalize the project, originally centered on a pair of obsolete pleasure clones, as more of a romantic comedy, Variety reported.

Stiller is now in talks to star, and the Little Miss Sunshine team of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton is in talks to direct. Reese Witherspoon has been approached to take the lead female role.

Fox halted the film in May 2006, a month prior to the start of filming, saying Used Guys wouldn't be ready for its scheduled start date because of its futuristic sets. And due to the delays, the studio said, Guys wouldn't wrap before Carrey and Stiller had other acting commitments. But it turned out that Fox pulled the plug when the picture's budget sailed past $110 million, even though the stars and Roach had agreed to work for reduced rates.

Stiller next appears in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which opens May 22.