Tag: ron howard
Rumors hit last night hot on the heels of the ouster of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo anthology film that premiere director Ron Howard would return to the halls of Lucasfilm and take over the production. Today’s news confirms that it is true.
Ron Howard himself tweeted moments ago, “I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77…I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.”
Howard has worked with Lucasfilm before – on 1988’s Willow, and has won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, and is well known for many other films, such as Apollo 13, The DaVinci Code and sequels, Cocoon and more.
Deadline is reporting that Tom Hanks will return as Professor Robert Langdon and Ron Howard will direct Inferno, the fourth Langdon novel from author Dan Brown. David Koepp (Angels & Demons) will adapt, and Sony has already set a release date of December 18th, 2015.
What is most interesting is that this seems to indicate that Sony/Imagine have decided to skip the third book, The Lost Symbol, which was supposed to be in development but little had been heard about it. According to the LA Times, pre-production was supposed to start this year, with a script from Danny Strong (Mockingjay) supposed to have been turned in by now. Ron Howard decided not to direct that one, with Mark Romanek stepping in.
The Lost Symbol could still be produced, but it seems like if it does it will be after Inferno.
Ron Howard’s ambitious multi-platform project to being Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to life – originally conceived as a trilogy of movies AND two TV series – is looking for studio backing again. After Universal balked on the project a year ago, Warner Bros stepped in – but now it seems even WB has passed on it, despite getting an updated script from Akiva Goldsman and buzz about Russell Crowe interested in a lead role.
But another funding source may be in the hunt, with Media Rights Capital interested. MRC recently funded the Seth MacFarlane hit comedy Ted, and also the upcoming Elysium starring Matt Damon and Jodi Foster and directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). So for now, the project lives on.