Screen Junkies » Ron Howard http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:19:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ron Howard Helps Us Get Creative With Project Imaginat1on http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ron-howard-helps-us-get-creative-with-project-imaginat1on/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ron-howard-helps-us-get-creative-with-project-imaginat1on/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:00:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257857 I know that looks like a typo. It's not.

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Ron Howard apparently isn’t busy enough making Hollywood movies, so he’s been nice enough to help make short films out of regular people’s photos courtesy of Canon’s Project Imaginat1on. People submitted their photos, and the winning submissions were selected to have short films made about them by a field of popular visionaries.

The filmmakers include Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, and James Murphy, formerly of LCD Soundsystem. Further, five non-celebrities were picked to direct their own films in a separate category as well. The final products can be viewed right here.

 

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Chris Hemsworth Races Darkman In Trailer For Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/chris-hemsworth-races-darkman-in-trailer-for-ron-howards-rush/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/chris-hemsworth-races-darkman-in-trailer-for-ron-howards-rush/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:55:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254294 Here we have the first look at Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama, Rush. Based on the true story of the rivalry between English racer James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda, Chris...

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Here we have the first look at Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama, Rush. Based on the true story of the rivalry between English racer James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda, Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star as the thrill junkies who somehow don’t rob banks or moving trains. I thought this was a racing movie? Where’s Michelle Rodriguez??

Instead, Howard opted to take a page out of history rather than the sketchbook of a 9-year old boy. In 1976, Lauda almost died after crashing in the second lap of the German Grand Prix, which the hotheaded Hunt would go on to win. Suffering a coma and bad burns, Lauda was back at it six weeks later determined to beat Hunt in several races. The movie will be in theaters this fall, but you can just go to Wikipedia now to see how it ends.

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Warner Bros. Tells Ron Howard’s ‘Dark Tower’ To Eat A D*ck http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-tells-ron-howards-dark-tower-to-eat-a-dck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-tells-ron-howards-dark-tower-to-eat-a-dck/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:11:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250460 No sale, Opie.

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Ron Howard continues to have a tough time with his ambitious take on adapting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Howard envisions the project as a three movie and two television miniseries package. Warner Bros. is reported to have reviewed the package over the weekend and passed with a ‘TLDR’ response. In all fairness to Warners, it was the weekend.

The studio is the second to pass. Universal was previously involved but pulled the plug just before going into production. In light of this, Javier Bardem left the project leaving producers with the task of finding some other guy to sling guns in that thing. (THR)

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Ron Howard, The Blackest Director We Know, Naturally Directing Jay-Z Documentary http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-naturally-directing-jay-z-documentary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-naturally-directing-jay-z-documentary/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:40:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250364 Ya got a little dirt on your shoulder there, Opie.

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Ron Howard, the man who most notably made a name for himself as the narrator of Arrested Development has taken a break from directing Rush (hey! He also directs films! Good for him!) to helm the Jay-Z documentary that follows Jigga Man as he puts on his own musical festival, the schizophrenic Made in America festival that features such disparate acts as:

  • Pearl Jam
  • Skrillex
  • Jay-Z
  • The Hives
  • Drake
  • Afrojack
  • And and handful more that I don’t really feel like acknowledging
Ron Howard is a gifted director, and seems to be an odd choice until one considers H.O.V.A.’s penchant for co-opting the mainstream in hip-hop culture.
Also, Bryce Dallas Howard probably told her dad she would just DIE unless he directed this documentary. The festival takes place Sept. 1-2, and the documentary doesn’t have a release date yet.

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Warner Bros Now Going Steady With Ron Howard’s ‘The Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-now-going-steady-with-ron-howards-the-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-now-going-steady-with-ron-howards-the-dark-tower/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:00:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247372 They make a cute couple.

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After Universal coldly returned Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower promise ring, it was looking like the project would never find love again. However, it seems a relationship may have been struck up with the most unlikely studio. And just in time for prom.

Warner Bros, the quiet and sensitive studio that wears glasses and hangs out in the pottery classroom during lunch, has agreed to team up with Howard on at least one film based on Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower. Initial plans with Universal were for three films and two short-run TV series, and to throw a rager at Universal’s lake house after graduation. Whether or not more films or Javier Bardem‘s involvement are on the slate remains to be seen. However, producer Brian Grazer has mentioned that Warner Bros sister studio HBO (who Warners pretty much raised after their mom died and dad fell into the bottle) will handle the television adaptation.

Project is expected to go before cameras in first quarter of 2013. Which seems like forever in high school years. (Deadline)

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When Bad Movies Happen To Good Directors http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/when-bad-movies-happen-to-good-directors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/when-bad-movies-happen-to-good-directors/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:01:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238922 We're not going to yell at you. We just want you to know that we're very, very disappointed.

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Creating a list such as this is difficult, because perceptions are so clouded by expectations. These films are all big disappointments, but considering their sources, they are still better than many, many films out there. So none of these films are as bad as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but they’re all far more disappointing because we hoped for more from the directors. Or, if the film was never salvageable, we wish the directors had utilized a little foresight and picked another project that had more potential.

Of course, this a very subjective list, so feel free to leave your vitriol and death threats in the comments.

War of the Worlds – Steven Spielberg

A great example of what I discussed in the introduction. This film isn’t awful, but it’s very unmemorable. It bears very little of Spielberg’s flourishes, other than it’s a huge production that’s competently directed. Of course, the same thing could be said about a film like Roland Emmerich’s The Day After Tomorrow, or even 2012. There’s not much of a story to be told here, and instead of getting a moving relationship between Tom Cruise’s character and his children, we get sap and explosions.

Jack – Francis Ford Coppola

And here’s one that doesn’t need the context of expectations to disappoint. This is just a bad movie. Directing Robin Williams, especially in a film like this, can’t be fun. The man swallows all the attention around him, except in the most reserved roles. Watching a 40 year-old Williams play a 10 year-old boy who copes with his problems by getting drunk doesn’t play to sentimentality, and isn’t all that interesting of a story. The whole thing plays to the fact that Jack is going to die young, and that looming fate makes it hard to view the movie as anything but sad.

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HBO Getting Back Into Westerns With Doc Holiday Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hbo-getting-back-into-westerns-with-doc-holiday-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hbo-getting-back-into-westerns-with-doc-holiday-series/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:00:58 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237546 I smell an Al Swearengen crossover opportunity. Wait. No. I'm smelling lavender. Close.

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HBO, having witnessed the moderate success of the recent Hell on Wheels and the, uh, unparalleled durability of the not-so-recent Gunsmoke, has decided to get back into westerns with an untitled Doc Holliday series that will put the gunslinger front and center as he drinks and shoots people. I’m sure they’ll add some other elements, but does anyone really care about the other elements?

While the project is nascent, it will be written by accomplished screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has under his belt the TV series Fringe, A Beautiful Mind, The DaVinci Code, andI Am Legend. Helming the series will be longtime Goldsman collaborator and Arrested Development voiceover-doer Ron Howard. Two for two on big names so far.

Who will they get to play Holiday? I dunno. Val Kilmer had a very memorable turn as Holliday in Tombstone, but insurance companies are now reluctant to carry Kilmer projects because they are afraid he will eat the cast and crew. Also, they just don’t make chaps that big.

The field is too wide-open to even hazard a guess, but…what the hell:

John Stamos and Frankie Muniz both playing the legendary character in an Olsen sisters-type arrangement?

 

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Ron Howard Is Tired Of Dan Brown Too http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-is-tired-of-dan-brown-too/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-is-tired-of-dan-brown-too/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:24:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222235 The director will not return for 'The Da Vinci Code' sequel, 'The Lost Symbol'.

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With The Dark Tower having fallen through, everyone is curious which project Ron Howard will pick up. Though we now know there’s one that he won’t go near — the final film in the Dan Brown trilogy.

Howard has let it be known at Sony that he has no interest in filming Tom Hanks chasing after priests in The Lost Symbol. An insider tells Deadline, “He just didn’t want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories.” Also, that hair.

Though Howard was eager to re-team with Hanks on the Somali pirate film based on the bestselling book A Captain’s Duty. But in the end, Sony’s Amy Pascal didn’t feel Howard was the right fit for the project. “Ron did want to direct the Somali pirate movie. But Amy felt she wanted a different director. Nothing personal,” an insider explained. One agent involved in the film said, “She wanted someone hotter and cooler.” The project was offered to Paul Greengrass, who is now in talks, but it seems to me that if you want someone hotter and cooler than Ron Howard, you need only look one place. The Fonz.

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Links Away: Man Does Shakespeare In Celebrity Voices http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-man-does-shakespeare-in-celebrity-voices/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-man-does-shakespeare-in-celebrity-voices/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:32:24 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=221158 This guy does Ron Howard better than Ron Howard.

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This guy does Ron Howard better than Ron Howard. Quite impressive. (YouTube)

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Universal To Catch Ron Howard On The Rebound With ‘Under The Banner Of Heaven’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-to-catch-ron-howard-on-the-rebound-with-under-the-banner-of-heaven/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-to-catch-ron-howard-on-the-rebound-with-under-the-banner-of-heaven/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:35:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221036 Warner Bros wants to show Howard they can love him in a way that Universal never could.

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Recognizing a gap in Howard’s schedule after Universal passed on the epic The Dark Tower project(s), Warner Bros is attempting to woo Ron Howard by bringing out the big guns. The studio is preparing a project for him based on Jon Karkauer’s (Into Thin Air) Under the Banner of Heaven, which follows two murderin brothers who claim they were acting on instructions from God.

The source material will be adapted by Dustin Lance Black, who has J. Edgar and Milk to his name. Howard’s Imagine Entertainment worked production on J. Edgar, though Clint Eastwood took the helm.

While Howard did lose an enormous project in The Dark Tower, he was busy enough even without that project that timing on Under the Banner of Heaven is a bit of a question. He’s currently prepping Rush with Chris Hemsworth right now, and recently announced his involvement in a film based on the Mad Magazine comic Spy. Vs. Spy. Don’t be surprised if this project takes priority over Spy Vs. Spy, because Krakauer beats Mad Magazine. Probably. Maybe. Who knows? (Deadline)

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Universal Ignores Ron Howard’s Feelings, Passes On ‘The Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-ignores-ron-howards-feelings-passes-on-the-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-ignores-ron-howards-feelings-passes-on-the-dark-tower/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:42:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220734 Richie Cunningham just started a sh*t list.

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After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation, Universal has passed on Ron Howard‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series. The ambitious project called for three films and two short-run TV series. The studio had postponed the start of production from this summer until February in order to trim the budget, but ultimately decided either a) the budget couldn’t be trimmed enough, or b) if it was trimmed, they wouldn’t like the movie they ended up with.

Producer Brian Grazer, out of solemn respect, will be keeping his hair at half-mast all week.

Javier Bardem was attached to star as gunslinger Roland Deschain, though it’s not immediately clear what this development does to his involvement. One would think that he’s a busy guy, but this project might be one that is worth hanging around for if it ever finds a home. Universal has a seemingly full slate of blockbusters on deck, so taking a chance on such an enormous undertaking doesn’t really seem to be in the cards right now.

Ron Howard has both Rush and the recently-announced Spy vs. Spy on the horizon, so it looks like he won’t be missing a beat with this disappointing news.  (Deadline)

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Chris Hemsworth To Team With Ron Howard For ‘Rush’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-hemsworth-to-team-with-ron-howard-for-rush/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-hemsworth-to-team-with-ron-howard-for-rush/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 23:51:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219745 From Thor to huntsman to race car driver. Geez. We get it. You're macho.

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After getting his swerve on as a huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman, but before reaching for his hammer for the Thor sequel, Chris Hemsworth will be lining up for Rush, a Ron Howard-directed biopic of 1970′s Formula One driver Niki Lauda.

The plan is for Howard and Hemsworth to get moving on this one early next year, seeing as how the Dark Tower project doesn’t really seem to be an obstacle to avoid in the near future. Thor 2 is set for July of 2013, so expect Hemsworth to move straight to that after completing Rush.

Rush focuses on the racing career of Niki Lauda, specifically his racing career and rivalry with British racer James Hunt. No others have been cast yet, but if Hemsworth is playing a guy named “Niki Lauda,” let’s just all assume that Alex Pettyfer is playing the other dude.

 

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Ron Howard To Definitely Direct ‘Spy. Vs. Spy’…Right After That ‘Dark Tower’ Affair http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-to-definitely-direct-spy-vs-spy-right-after-that-dark-tower-affair/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-to-definitely-direct-spy-vs-spy-right-after-that-dark-tower-affair/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:29:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217517 I think Will Smith or Nick Cannon should play the black guy and Steve Carell or Ben Stiller should play the white guy.

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Ron Howard might be overcompensating for this delay in The Dark Tower. Fresh off the news last night that he is circling Rush, a biopic about Formula One driver Niki Lauda, he has up and attached himself to direct a live-action adaptation of the Mad comic strip “Spy vs. Spy,” a serial thinkpiece about a black guy (but not, you know, “African-American”) and a white guy (you get the idea) that take turns blowing each other up.

Howard will be joined in this production by David Koepp, who will produce and oversee the script written by John Kamps. And don’t worry, Imagine partner Brian Grazer will be producing as well, lest he get his feelings hurt. However, the film won’t get rolling in the near future, as Howard remains steadfast that The Dark Tower will film early next year, either with Universal or another studio willing to take on the production. Presumably, that means Rush will, along with Spy, take a backseat to The Dark Tower for quite some time.

While the Spy vs. Spy news is still breaking and appears to be a ways off, one thing is certain: This will not ensure that the “Arrested Development” movie gets moving any quicker.

Deadline describes the story as a “physical and highly visual action comedy,” which raises more questions than it does answers, but at least it won’t be a gritty reboot or an origin story. Oh, God. I hope it’s not an origin story. Do we really need a reason why these guys are after each other?

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Ron Howard, Unable To Hold His Breath For ‘Dark Tower’, Looks To ‘Rush’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-unable-to-hold-his-breath-for-dark-tower-looks-to-rush/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-unable-to-hold-his-breath-for-dark-tower-looks-to-rush/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:45:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217324 As a little boy, Ron Howard always wanted to be a race car driver (movie director).

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Since the Dark Tower multimedia epic has hit a few stumbling blocks, Ron Howard had to do something to keep him off the couch, admiring his own voice-over work on the”Arrested DevelopmentDVDs.

It’s looking likely that his next gig will be the direction of Rush, a biopic of Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda, who nearly died in a violent 1976 crash. The story will also examine the rivalry between the Austrian Lauda and British driver James Hunt. So it’s sorta like Days of Thunder. Sorta.

Talks are early on this one, but Howard seems to have gotten a taste for more action-oriented films between this, the abandoned Amnesty, and Dark Tower, which should come as little surprise considering the beating he took for his latest, The Dilemma.

If Kevin James pops up as a fat race car driver, I’m not only giving up on Howard, but people in general.

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Ron Howard’s ‘The Dark Tower’ Is Turning Into The ‘Arrested Development’ Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howards-the-dark-tower-is-turning-into-the-arrested-development-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howards-the-dark-tower-is-turning-into-the-arrested-development-movie/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 16:53:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213581 Javier Bardem's psychological commitment to the film is being called into question.

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Ron Howard took some time to rap with Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming adaptation of The Dark Tower and it looks like this thing is quickly turning into the”Arrested Development” movie. Production has been pushed back due to budget and scripting delays. That, and it doesn’t seem like Javier Bardem is totally locked in after all.

“We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward. We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Whoa!! Whoa!!! Wait one exact minute. Brian Grazer said that Bardem was “locked in psychologically.” Are we now to believe that obtuse phrase means nothing? That’s the last time I trust an adult dressed as Bart Simpson.

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Universal Says ‘Whoa, Easy There’ To ‘Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-says-whoa-easy-there-to-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/universal-says-whoa-easy-there-to-dark-tower/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 22:02:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212092 It's all about the Benjamins.

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It was going to be one of the most ambitious projects eve taken on by a major studio. A mammoth adaptation of Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series, directed by Ron Howard and spanning three theatrical movies and two seasons of TV. Then, it was reported that the studio behind this project, Universal, was no longer interested. Now, in a stunning twist, they ARE interested, but only on a version that doesn’t cost so much.

So director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman are “regrouping” in order to figure out how to do adapt The Dark Tower, but cheaper. It’s not known yet what exactly this will entail, or whether or not this means Javier Bardem is still involved. A free money-saving tip to Ron Howard and co: Eat at Subway. You can get a variety of footlong subs for only five dollars! (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Is Universal’s ‘Dark Tower’ More Like A Jenga Tower? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-universals-dark-tower-more-like-a-jenga-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-universals-dark-tower-more-like-a-jenga-tower/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 05:00:08 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210859 Anybody wanna buy a gigantic, cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'? I know a bunch of guys looking to sell.

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Anybody wanna buy a gigantic, cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King‘s Dark Tower? I know a bunch of guys looking to sell.

Reportedly, Universal is worried about the ridiculous scope of their upcoming Dark Tower series, which will be told in three epic blockbuster movies and an epic, blockbuster TV series. (Unless the series airs on NBC as planned, but the budget would still be big.) Director/Producer Ron Howard must have been like, “so you have enough money for this, right?” To which Universal quickly responded, “sure, sure,” but the studio just looked its wallet and realized it doesn’t have that kind of cash on them, and they have a bunch of bills to pay this month… So Universal is apparently thinking about either finding a partner studio or selling the behemoth off entirely.

Casting is still in progress, though Javier Bardem is set to play Roland Deschain for the next 15-25 years or so. The books will be adapted by writer Akiva Goldsman. (Variety)

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Ron Howard Scoops Up ‘Amnesty’, A Strange Marriage Of Two Concepts http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-scoops-up-amnesty-a-strange-marriage-of-two-concepts/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ron-howard-scoops-up-amnesty-a-strange-marriage-of-two-concepts/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:24:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209535 This is the most recent picture of Ron Howard we could find.

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Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have scooped up Amnesty, a hush-hush project that Ron Howard is attached to direct. Ron Howard’s inseparable production partner Brian Grazer is also attached to produce. While the concept of Amnesty is being kept quiet, Deadline reports that the plot “blends Robert Ludlum and JRR Tolkien.” Huh.

If this is the actual concept, then it should serve two grossly underserved constituencies: the “Lord of the Rings didn’t contain enough political espionage and car chases” faction, as well as the “Why didn’t Jason Bourne fight WAY more monsters?” tribe.

Additionally, it seems unlikely that this would be a suitable vehicle through which Howard can reintroduce America to his delightful deadpan narration style that so many fell in love with in”Arrested Development.”

Whatever this thing shakes out to be, don’t hold your breath for a near-term release, as Howard, Grazer and the rest of the Imagine team will have their hands full with three feature installments of The Dark Tower, as well as two short run TV series. Who would have thought that Stephen King would be able to produce such a rambling saga?

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The Historically Accurate New Trailer For ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-historically-accurate-new-trailer-for-cowboys-and-aliens/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-historically-accurate-new-trailer-for-cowboys-and-aliens/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:38:59 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207026 It's the new trailer for Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys and Aliens', starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Aliens and Cowboys are totally BFFs.

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Pirates vs. Ninjas is old news. Monsters got to take on Aliens, so now it’s Cowboys‘ turn. Next in line is Leprechaun Clowns. I think Leprechaun Clowns vs. Aliens is looking for a director right now, actually.

Above is the new trailer for Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford. I like this new trailer. It’s got thrills, chills, cowpokes, alien folks. It gives you just enough to understand the complex, gun-based relationship between cattle rustlers and space invaders.

Based on a graphic novel – because of course it was – by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the film takes place in 1873, in the desert town of Absolution. Those old west towns have the friendliest names. A criminal with no memory of his past (Craig) must team up with the town sheriff (Ford) to stop aliens from destroying everyone. Olivia Wilde plays a girl character. It has a couple producers you probably haven’t heard of, like Brian GrazerRon Howard and Steven Spielberg.

The shoot-out comes to theaters July 29, 2011.

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‘Dark Tower’ Grows Bigger, Consuming Writer Mark Verheiden http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dark-tower-grows-bigger-consuming-writer-mark-verheiden/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dark-tower-grows-bigger-consuming-writer-mark-verheiden/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 03:56:34 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206809 Mark Verheiden has penned everything from "Battlestar Galactica" to Superman comics. He'll be teaming with Akiva Goldsman on the NBC series that's just one part of a big, giant thing.

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This is gonna be a big f*cking tower.

More news out of The Dark Tower camp. The Stephen King adaptation, which will be adapted into three movies and a TV series, and also probably a few video games, a series of books based on the movies of the books, and a set of Slurpee cups, has found a new writer for its TV arm. Mark Verheiden is a movie/TV/comic book writer who has penned everything from”Battlestar Galactica” to Superman comics. He’ll be teaming with Akiva Goldsman on the NBC series. Verheiden was also a supervising producer on “Heroes,” so maybe NBC is his kryptonite? I hope not.

Ron Howard will direct the Dark Tower series, which will bridge the gap between movies 1 & 2. God knows, if there are gaps between movies in a trilogy, something must fill the chronological void. Could you imagine watching Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith without watching the many different “Clone Wars” TV shows? Also, could you imagine re-watching Attack of the Clones? I cannot. (Deadline)

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Javier Bardem “In” For Never-Ending ‘Dark Tower’ Series? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-almost-in-for-never-ending-dark-tower-adaptation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-almost-in-for-never-ending-dark-tower-adaptation/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 01:59:02 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205827 Bardem is in final talks to join the adaptation of Stephen King's book series, which will include three movies and two TV mini-series. Okay, but will there also be a web series and a couple Nintendo 3DS games?

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In the last chapter, actor Javier Bardem was being courted by producer Brian Grazer to join Universal’s take on Stephen King‘s “magnum opus,” The Dark Tower series. Bardem is Grazer’s top choice to play the questing, knight-like gunslinger Roland Deschain. In the current chapter, Grazer is close to getting his dream lead. I wish I could finish this chapter, but the plane is landing and I need to call my wife.

Bardem is in final talks to join the adaptation of the 7-book series, which will include three movies and two TV mini-series. Okay, but will there also be a web series and a couple Nintendo 3DS games? Rumors say this will be Bardem’s biggest payday ever, but with all the work ahead of him if he accepts, that’s hardly a surprise. Anything less than his biggest payday ever would be a serious bargain.

Ron Howard will direct the first movie this September with a script by Akiva Goldsman. They’re also both working on the first TV show episode. (Deadline)

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Bryce Dallas Howard To Finally Restore Honor To The Howard Name http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bryce-dallas-howard-to-finally-restore-honor-to-the-howard-name/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bryce-dallas-howard-to-finally-restore-honor-to-the-howard-name/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 18:06:47 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31119 Maybe a Howard can be good for something after all.

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Years of scandal and disappointment have marred Ron Howard for decades. For as long as I can remember, it’s been impossible to look at a supermarket tabloid or a gossip website without seeing a Ron Howard headline: “Ron Howard’s Child Bride Addicted To Caffeine,” “Ron Howard Brought In On Prostitution Charges,” “Ron Howard Dogfighting Ring Exposed.”

So it’s with great optimism that I report that Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, is attempting to repair the damage to her family name by directing The Originals, which will be her first feature-length movie. She also wrote the script which is said to be “about 20somethings.” Here’s a little more about the plot:

“The film centers around a group of childhood friends who reunite in young adulthood when their former teacher falls into a coma, and has been described by Howard as ‘a Breakfast Club for my generation.’”

Maybe this will be enough to make America forget about Ron Howard’s numerous offenses against good taste and moral order. If that doesn’t work, narrating the Arrested Development” movie might do the trick. (via /Film)

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Javier Bardem Would Love To Want To Do ‘The Dark Tower’ Mega-Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-would-love-to-want-to-do-the-dark-tower-mega-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-would-love-to-want-to-do-the-dark-tower-mega-series/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:38:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31086 Despite a charming updo, Brian Grazer hasn't been able to convince Javier Bardem to dress up like a cowboy just yet.

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Despite a charming updo, Brian Grazer hasn’t been able to convince Javier Bardem to dress up like a cowboy just yet. According to Grazer,  Bardem is “locked in psychologically” to Ron Howard‘s adaptation of The Dark Tower. What does that mean? Did he use Ike Turner brainwashing techniques? If Bardem doesn’t sign the deal, will he be trapped in the Further? Let’s have Grazer explain.

“Javier Bardem, that’s what we’re hoping. We’re in the process of trying to put that together,” Grazer said, “We’re really just focused on Javier right now… He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it.”

Why would Bardem have trepidations? He’s been known to drop out of larger fare tent-poles in the past and Howard’s take on The Dark Tower is one of the most ambitious projects out there. Whoever signs on for the lead role will have to commit to three movies and two television mini-series to bridge the gaps between films. That’s a long time to go without playing tortured artist types who women believe they can change. Hopefully he’ll be able to squeeze in a Natalie Portman film or two during downtime. (MTV)

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John August To Adapt ‘Lovecraft’ For Film, All Hail Cthulhu http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-august-to-adapt-lovecraft-for-film-all-hail-cthulu/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/john-august-to-adapt-lovecraft-for-film-all-hail-cthulu/#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:58:37 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29231 The multi-tentacled monster of awesome that is H.P. Lovecraft's mythology is slowly making its way to the big screen again.

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The multi-tentacled monster of awesome that is H.P. Lovecraft’s mythology is slowly making its way to the big screen again.

Looks like screenwriter John August (Corpse Bride, lots of Tim Burton stuff) will take a stab at adapting The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, an Image Comics series by Mac Carter. More than a year ago, there were rumors that Ron Howard wanted a go at Cthulhu, but he’s now adapting Stephen King‘s Dark Tower, which will span 3 movies, 2 TV series, and probably a 18 comic books, 4 giant Playstation games and an iPhone app that contains 80 webisodes. So he’s busy for awhile.

No director or stars are attached; this is still in very early stages. Meanwhile, Necronomicon-ners can check out At the Mountains of Madness, which is based on a Lovecraft novel and will be directed by Guillermo Del Toro. It’s coming to theaters… not soon. That’s being filmed this summer, so expect a wait on that too. Damn it, I hate waiting. (Empire Online)

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Javier Bardem To Star In ‘Dark Tower’ Movie-TV Series Hybrid Thing? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-to-star-in-dark-tower-movie-tv-series-hybrid-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-to-star-in-dark-tower-movie-tv-series-hybrid-thing/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 02:28:18 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22636 Ron Howard choosing Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem over Christian Bale for his latest project was not the result of a creepy coin toss.

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Ron Howard choosing Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem over Christian Bale for his latest project was not the result of a creepy coin toss. I’m guessing that director Howard thinks Bardem (No Country For Old Men) would be perfect as the cowboy lead in his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels. I’m amazed at the scope of the project: the story will span over three movies and two TV mini-series — what, Howard couldn’t squeeze a couple of web series in there too?

Bardem has reportedly been offered the lead role of Roland Deschain, a gunslinger who goes on a quest to find the Dark Tower, and if he doesn’t succeed, the stakes are super duper high: humanity, civilization and post-apocalyptic Disneyland are all doomed. Universal is producing the project, which sounds ridiculously wide in scope. First it’s a theatrically released movie, then a TV mini-series to bridge us into the second movie, which will be followed by another TV mini-series, then the final movie. The idea is to have the same leading cast in all the incarnations. So if you’re interested, Mr. Bardin, get ready to be hanging out with Ron Howard for a long, long time… (Deadline)

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One Project, Three Movies, Two Miniseries: ‘Dark Towers’ Casting Saga http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/one-project-three-movies-two-miniseries-dark-towers-casting-saga/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/one-project-three-movies-two-miniseries-dark-towers-casting-saga/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:40:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22514 Just because Ron Howard wants you to do something doesn't mean you have to do it.

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Just because Ron Howard wants you to do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Sources close to Howard say that he is eying Christian Bale for the lead role of Roland Deschain in the (literally) epic The Dark Tower, reports Cinema Blend.

Wanting Bale and getting Bale are two different things, especially because of the time commitment required by this project. The Dark Tower saga reportedly will entail a trilogy of films, with a TV miniseries airing between the episodes. Considering Bale is on the tail end of his Batman exploits, it’s not likely that he’ll be clamoring to sign up for another project that would kill his availability for the next six years or so. An announcement was set for this week as to who would play the role of Deschain was set for this week, but, though that deadline has come and gone, expect an announcement soon, possibly naming either Javier Bardem or Viggo Mortensen, neither of whom have had the mainstream success of Bale in recent years.

As for the female lead, the names being thrown around are Jennifer Carpenter, who is known for her portrayal of Deb on”Dexter” (please no) and French/Moroccan Ghita Tazi. Something tells me neither of these candidates would be quick to shy away from a Ron Howard three-picture deal.

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What The Hell Happened To Vince Vaughn? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what-the-hell-happened-to-vince-vaughn/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what-the-hell-happened-to-vince-vaughn/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:19:33 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17431 Any moron (like myself) who knows how to use IMDB can spot the correlation between Vaughn’s career as a producer and a dramatic drop in the quality of his films.

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Honestly, what the hell happened to Vince Vaughn? And no, I’m not making a joke about his weight. If I lived in Chicago and had access to the Italian beef and sausage combo on a daily basis, my ass would look a lot like Queen Latifah’s, so there’s no judgment there. Wha I am making a joke about is his career, which is also starting to look a lot like Queen Latifah’s.

It’s not like Vaughn was the next Peter Sellers, but he did star in some memorable films: Swingers, Old School, and Anchor Man, to name a few. His last decent film, The Wedding Crashers, was a critical and commercial success, bringing in close to $300 million. But it’s been six years since Vaughn’s been in something that didn’t suck less on screen than Chloë Sevigny. His latest film, The Dilemma, is currently tanking at the box office, which is due in no small part to the fact that it’s rocking a 25% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critical reception isn’t everything, especially for a comedy. But considering that 25% is more than double what his last film scored, it’s clearly not an isolated incident.

Of his four previous films*, The Break-Up is the highest rated at 34%. Fours Christmases is next with 25%, followed by Fred Claus at 21% and rounded out with Couples Retreat at a whopping 12%. If you combine all four of those scores, the total is still seven points below Toy Story 3. I understand that not every attempt is going to be a hit. Making a film is extremely difficult work, and it’s easy for an asshole hack like myself to sit in my underwear and criticize via the Internet. But the fact that it’s easy for me to criticize doesn’t mean I’m wrong. Vaughn’s last five years of work are an embarrassment by any reasonable standard.

So, what caused Vaughn to pull an Adam Sandler? While there’s no telling for sure, it’s worth noting that Vaughn and his sister Victoria began Wild West Picture Show Productions in 2006, and the company was responsible for the five turds we’ve already discussed. This could just be a coincidence, but all things considered, it would be one hell of a fluke. Maybe the added responsibility of producing has clouded Vaughn’s judgment. Or perhaps he simply gave up all pretense of making a quality product and is now worried only about the bottom line. In either case, any moron (like myself) who knows how to use IMDB can spot the correlation between Vaughn’s career as a producer and a dramatic drop in the quality of his films.

To be clear, Vaughn is not only likable, but talented. That’s what makes the whole situation so frustrating. To see the guy who played Beanie Campbell in Old School sharing the screen with Paul Blart is depressing, and the fact that it’s in a romantic comedy just adds insult to injury. It’s one thing to see a struggling/washed up actor doing crap films to make ends meet. But Vaughn can literally do anything he wants, and he chooses to make Couples Retreat.

There may be hope for Vaughn, as there are rumors of an upcoming project with director David O. Russell. Although to put things into perspective, Ron Howard directed The Dilemma, so even a good director is no guarantee. But whatever happens, it’s high time Vince Vaughn decided to, once again, start making comedies that are actually funny.

Actually, scratch that. It’s high time Vaughn decided to start acting in comedies that are actually funny. He should leave the producing to someone else.

* Note: Into the Wild was not included because Vaughn did not have a starring role.

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Howard Takes Us Inside His Ambitious ‘Dark Tower’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/howard-takes-us-inside-his-ambitious-dark-tower/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/howard-takes-us-inside-his-ambitious-dark-tower/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:23:55 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16827 Ron Howard appeared on Howard Stern yesterday and was very forthcoming with details about his upcoming 6-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's epic series The Dark Tower, including casting ideas and platform specifics.

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Ron Howard appeared on Howard Stern yesterday and was very forthcoming with details about his upcoming 6-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series The Dark Tower, including casting ideas and platform specifics. The ambitious project would start with a feature, then a season of a network television show, then a second feature film, etc. Howard had a lot to say about the miniseries, including a lot of new information:

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff — because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.”

If any other director was talking about a project of this magnitude, it would probably seem laughable, but Howard’s the kind of A-lister who could pull this off. And with a proposed cast that could see either Viggo Mortensen or Javier Bardem in the lead role, this is one to look out for. (Slashfilm)

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Review: The Dilemma http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-dilemma/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-dilemma/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:04:38 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16740 From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard comes a January movie. The Dilemma is about a dilemma that’s very real, but it’s not funny.

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From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard comes a January movie. The Dilemma is about a dilemma that’s very real, but it’s not funny. So they fill the movie with contrived B.S. that’s also not funny.

Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) are couple friends. They’re best friends but they always hang out with their significant others too — Ronny’s wife Geneva (Winona Ryder) and Nick’s girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly). They talk about what it takes to really know someone, and they dance because you liked Kevin James dancing in Hitch.

Nick and Ronny have a car idea for GM. That’s the big job they work on in between relationship issues. I always wonder who comes up with the jobs people do in movies when they don’t actually matter. Did screenwriter Allan Loeb really think, “I really want to tell the story of electric engine designers in crisis?” Or did he say, “Let Ron Howard figure out what they do for a living.”

While scouting a location for his own proposal, Ronny catches Geneva making out with a dude we’ll later learn is Zip (Channing Tatum). Does he tell his best friend? Would it be more human to wait until all the pressure of the GM deal is over? Well, it’s a movie so any mature decision Ronny could make is off the table.

Remember when Vince Vaughn used to keep it real? No gimmicks, just breaking the tension of real relationships with comedy. To fill out two hours in The Dilemma, he has to fall into some poison plants that make his pee hurt, argue over the audience trick shot at a hockey game, and climb trees to spy on Zip.

Vaughn is out of things to riff about, so he does the speech from Miracle. Ronny makes up lies about what trouble he’s been in because he can’t tell Beth he’s planning a proposal and he can’t tell Nick what he knows. Dropping a wad of cash (intended for a ring) and keeping secrets make it look like Ronny’s gambling again. Misunderstanding circumstances is not the same as a joke.

The women give some powerhouse performances though. Geneva shows Ronny how she can turn on the tears if she has to claim Ronny made a pass at her to cover her ass. It’s pretty evil, but evil is not funny. Beth is the most amazing girlfriend ever. In the face of ridiculous behavior, she wants to be supportive and Ronny’s the ass to refuse. Queen Latifah talks about her lady wood in an embarrassing bit part, and it’s so funny that she says it twice. But Connelly and Ryder make something out of this nonsense.

There is some good drama in the resolution, but this ain’t the drama version. They had their chance to make a drama and they made the wrong choice.

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‘Arrested’ Movie: Ron Howard Toys With Our Emotions Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/arrested-movie-ron-howard-toys-with-our-emotions-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/arrested-movie-ron-howard-toys-with-our-emotions-again/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:08:33 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15400 Another week, another piece of vague news about the Arrested Development Movie. Ron Howard, EP and narrator of the beloved/canceled sitcom, said that the film stalled while show creator Mitch Hurwitz was busy developing about 50 TV projects over the last few years.

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Another week, another piece of vague news about the Arrested Development Movie. While on a press junket for The Dilemma, Ron Howard, EP and narrator of the beloved/canceled sitcom, said that the film stalled while show creator Mitch Hurwitz was busy developing about 50 TV projects over the last few years. However, now that that has slowed down a bit, Howard says of Hurwitz’s priorities: “…he put in a couple years doing that — always letting the ‘Arrested Development‘ movie percolate — and now he’s done that. I think this is really now front-and-center in his mind.”

Please let it be true! We, the staff of this site, along with the TV nerd public, are frankly getting antsy with all this speculation and half news. Either make the film or don’t! It could be fast, cheap, funny, and it would satisfy at least a loyal group of AD devotees. At this point it might almost be better to kill the project indefinitely and stop raising the hopes of a few thousand geeks who still fondly remember a show that went off the air five and a half years ago. And remember, if it’s budget issues that are slowing down production, THERE’S ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!

(via MTV)

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