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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Ron Howard‘s ambitious adaptation of The Dark Tower has been through plenty of ups and downs over the year, but as of last fall it was coming along slowly but surely. Although Howard declined to offer a specific timetable, he said that he was “continuing to work” on the project.
Now it may be about to take a step forward in the casting department. Former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul revealed that he has met for the role of Eddie Dean, going so far as to sit down with Howard. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
When we first reported on the Naked Gun reboot, we wrote that star Ed Helms was “the new Leslie Nielsen.” As it turns out, that’s not quite accurate. Hit the jump to find out the relation between Helms’ character and Nielsen’s. Also:
- The Tekken prequel gets a title and a star
- Brad Fuller offers plot details on The Purge 2
- … and hints at a Jason-free Friday the 13th…
- … and shuts down those TMNT alien rumors
- Kimberly Peirce doesn’t want more Carrie movies
- Ron Howard confirms Chris Pratt for Jurassic World
- Watch the A Haunted House 2 trailer at your own risk
- HBO is already working on the Normal Heart sequel
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Briefly: Wow, that was fast. Mere weeks after first hearing about Jon Favreau‘s live-action 3D remake of The Jungle Book, Disney has given the film a release date. It’ll open October 9, 2015, making it the first film to claim a date in that month. But that’s not all. Disney also announced the follow up to the billion dollar hit Alice in Wonderland will come out a year later. Alice in Wonderland 2, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, opens May 27, 2016. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct.
Also, Ron Howard‘s sea-bound film, Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, will be released March 13, 2015. [ERC]