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Ben StillerBen Stiller and 'Rush Hour' director Brett Ratner are teaming up for Universal's upcoming crime caper 'Tower Heist.'

Stiller will star as a manager of a luxury New York City high rise who loses his pension thanks to a big bad Bernie Madoff type. When he learns that the bad businessman is being held under house arrest in his building, he and hisl staff plan a heist to steal back what they're owed.

According to Deadline, the project has been in development for more than four years at Universal. It was originally conceived as 'Trump Heist' with the idea of an all African American cast teaming up to empty Donald Trump's pockets. Ben StillerBen Stiller and 'Rush Hour' director Brett Ratner are teaming up for Universal's crime caper 'Tower Heist.'

Stiller will star as a manager of a luxury New York City high rise who loses his pension thanks to a big bad Bernie Madoff type. When he learns that the bad businessman is being held under house arrest in his building, he and his staff plan a heist to steal back what they're owed.

According to Deadline, the project has been in development for more than four years at Universal. It was originally conceived as 'Trump Heist' with the idea of an all African American cast teaming up to empty Donald Trump's pockets.

Ratner said the script was passed around to a number of writers over the years, including 'Greenberg' helmer Noah Baumbach and 'Rush Hour' sequel writer Jeff Nathanson. The writing team also includes 'Accepted' duo Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, along with Russell Gewirtz ('Righteous Kill'), Rawson Thurber ('Dodgeball'), Ted Griffin ('Ocean's Eleven'), and Leslie Dixon ('Hairspray').

The movie's heist plot might sound similar to the 'Ocean's' flicks, but Ratner says his movie is more of an underdog story loaded with humor and heart.

"The major difference from the 'Ocean's' film is those guys were expert thieves. These are real guys whose talent is they know the inner workings of the building and the people in it. It took a long time for this to come together, but it was totally worth the wait. This has a lot of heart to go along with the humor," he said.

Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer, who Ratner met when he was a film student, is producing with executive producer Kim Roth.