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With Ron Howard‘s ever-busy schedule, many fans surely wondered when he was going to shoot Inferno. Based on the best-seller by Dan Brown, the film will mark the third time he and Oscar-winner Tom Hanks bring Brown’s work to life. Last summer Sony set a December 18, 2015 release date for the film and have since kept that plan firm. Howard has been attached to at least three or four projects since, however, and with no movement on Inferno, plus another major film opening that day, precisely when Inferno would happen was the subject of questions.

Well, it’s happening in the Spring. A new report states Howard and Hanks have closed their deals and finally scheduled April as the start of production on the film, which once again follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) as he travels the globe using his ancient knowledge to save the world from a psychotic maniac. The question becomes: can Howard finish the Inferno movie in eight months? Read More »

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Lake Bell Emperors Children

Lake Bell‘s debut directorial effort In a World… was a little indie gem, but it looks like she’s got her sights on something a bit higher profile for her follow up. She’s set to helm The Emperor’s Children, based on the 2006 novel by Claire Messud.

Noah Baumbach wrote the script, and Brian Grazer is producing. The plot follows three college friends in New York City around 9/11. Hit the jump for more details.

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Ron Howard to Direct Official Beatles Documentary

The Beatles A Hard Days Night

Like most of America at the time, director Ron Howard was first exposed to The Beatles when he saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After seeing that appearance, he told his parents he wanted a Beatles wig. Fast-forward a few decades, and Howard is relaying that story to a producer on the set of Rush. Turns out the producer knew about a Beatles documentary in development and Howard immediately became interested in working on it. Now, Howard is set to direct an official documentary on the Beatles.

The film is being made with the full support and cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. It will explore the Beatles’ rise to fame, and what that meant for the culture. The film will feature between 12 and 20 songs, live performance footage sent in from fans, original recordings and more. While still untitled, the hope is to have it completed and in theaters sometime in 2015. Read More »

Arrested Development Orange is the New Black

Maybe you don’t know too much about the acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. But chances are you’ve seen some of Arrested Development. In that case, you’ll probably recognize the cute opening credits from the latter show, in which Ron Howard narrated the basic premise, accompanied by a quick slideshow and quirky ukelele tune. Now, to promote the imminent arrival of the second season of Orange is the New Black, Netflix, which also brought us the latest season of Arrested Development, has created a riff on the AD opening as a promo for Orange. And it’s a great way to push the show to an audience that might have ignored it so far. Read More »

Made in America trailer

Ron Howard looks to Jay-Z and other performers to find the power of music in Made in America. The documentary (no relation to the Ted Danson/Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name) finds Howard looking at the creation and execution of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which took place last year in Philadelphia. Not only does Howard spend time pointing a camera at the people organizing the fest, he shoots most of the performers, which included Jay Z (of course), Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Skrillex, Kanye West, D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, and The Hives.

And so we get moments such as the bit when the organizers talk about how Skrillex has to perform from inside his spaceship, and then we see Skrillex in his spaceship. That’s cinema, folks. The film premiered at TIFF last year and aired on Showtime not long afterwards, but has been picked up for theatrical distribution in the US this year. Watch the Made in America trailer below.  Read More »

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair Movie

Ron Howard had big success (financial success, anyway) adapting a couple of little books by Dan Brown. Now he’s turning to a novel with a Swiss origin: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a murder/mystery book by Joel Dicker. The novel has been a huge success in parts of Europe (it scorched the French bestseller list) and will be published in the US next month. But before that happens, Warner Bros. has picked up the novel to be adapted by producer Brian Grazer. And Ron Howard is now set to direct The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair movie. Read More »

Ron Howard

Warner Bros.’ The Jungle Book took a hit last month when Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu dropped out over scheduling conflicts, but now it’s back on track with a new director. Ron Howard has entered talks to helm the live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling adventure. More details after the jump.

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Ron Howard

Universal spent $1 million to purchase a spec script this weekend and has already set marquee director Ron Howard to helm it. The script is called Mena and was written by Gary Spinelli. It tells the true story of Barry Seal, a 300-pound pilot who illegally transported guns, drugs and other contraband for both the CIA and multiple drug cartels. (He transported, among many other things, loads of Quaaludes, the now-discontinued depressant used heavily by characters in The Wolf of Wall Street.)

Several studios were interested in the piece, including Sony, but ultimately Universal took home the prize. Read More »

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