Peter Segal will direct the feature for Warner Bros. Pictures based on the 1965 television series starring Don Adams. Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember ("Failure to Launch") penned the screenplay based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's original characters.
Arkin will play the chief of CONTROL to his "Sunshine" co-star Steve Carell's lead secret agent Maxwell Smart. Also featured in the cast will be Anne Hathaway (Encores! Carnival, "The Devil Wears Prada") as Agent 99, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Terrence Stamp.
The stage is where Arkin got his start, appearing in St. Louis and then Chicago's Second City. The Brooklyn native made his Broadway debut in Enter Laughing (winning his Tony) and subsequently played in Luv. He then took to directing, staging Broadway's Hail Scrawdyke!, Molly, Taller Than a Dwarf and The Sunshine Boys — which earned him a Tony nomination.
Arkin's film work includes "Russians," "Wait Until Dark," "Catch-22," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Edward Scissorhands," "The In-Laws," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Slums of Beverly Hills," among many more.
Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will produce the film.