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Ron Howard will direct a movie adaptation of the J.P. Delaney thriller “The Girl Before” for Universal.
Michael De Luca is producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Michael will be exec producer and Elishia Holmes will exec produce for Michael De Luca Productions.
Universal bought the movie rights to “The Girl Before,” a novel that Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House will publish in the fall of 2016. The story involves a traumatized woman who falls in love with a minimalist house and the man who designed it — only to discover that another woman died at the house three years earlier.
Delaney is believed to a pen name for novelist Tony Strong.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: In a big pre-Thanksgiving auction, Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to The Girl Before, a thriller novel written by author J.P. Delaney that Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House will publish in fall, 2016. Ron Howard is attached to direct the film, and Michael De Luca is producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Howard and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Michael will be exec producer; Elishia Holmes will exec produce for Michael De Luca… »
First of all, I hope all of you enjoyed your turkey yesterday! Now, with the month of November all but over, it’s time to turn our attention to December, the final month of the year. After this, we start fresh, with a whole new set of releases, but with the next few months to come being on the weaker side, this is really the pinnacle. Oscar contenders, blockbusters, it all hits theaters between December 1st and December 31st, and I’m running down the best for you. Below you’ll see the ten top titles opening this month, along with some bonus picks as well. Take a look and make sure you schedule your cinema going accordingly… Here now are the ten best bets for flicks to see in the month of December: 10. Concussion – Can Will Smith take home a Best Actor trophy? Will folks turn on the NFL after they see this drama? »
- Joey Magidson
Set to be published next Fall, the story follows a traumatized woman who falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it.
When she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before.
Delaney is believed to be a pseudonym of bestselling author Tony Strong while Universal beat out TriStar, Paramount and two indie financiers in a competition for the title.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
In the Heart of the Sea will be out in just two weeks so this will be the final trailer I post for the incredible looking Ron Howard drama (for real this time). This is the 6th trailer for In the Heart of the Sea that I post on here, yes, I counted. Blame it […]
Read The True Story of the Legend in the Trailer for In the Heart of the Sea on Filmonic.
During an interview with Slash Film to promote the release of the nautical survival epic In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard has revealed that he was offered the opportunity to direct 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but decided to turn it down as it would have been “too daunting.”
“[George Lucas] didn’t necessarily want to direct [the prequels],” states Howard. “He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the same thing: ‘George, you should do it!’ I don’t think anybody wanted to follow-up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”
Howard also went on to discuss why he’s never directed a superhero movie, stating that: “I’ve had opportunities over the years [to make superhero movies],” he shared. “I really feel like you shouldn »
- Gary Collinson
Here’s an interesting one. When George Lucas embarked upon his Star Wars prequel trilogy project, his original plan didn’t seem to involve directing all of the films himself. In fact, when it came to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, he wasn’t top of his own directorial shortlist.
It’s come to light that at least three other directors were sounded out – and one of them was Ron Howard.
Last week we got seven clips from director Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea [watch them here], and now Warner Bros. has debuted a new featurette for the film entitled ‘The Myth of Moby Dick’. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, »
- Amie Cranswick
He may have started his career as Richie Cunningham, the freckle-faced lead on the beloved 1970s sitcom Happy Days, but after teaming with low-budget exploitation master Roger Corman, Ron Howard has gone on to become one of the most celebrated directors of his generation. Though he has helmed some massive movies.both in terms of size and scope and reception.not to mention a wide variety, there.s one genre you won.t find him dabbling in: superheroes. Stumping for his upcoming old timey whaling adventure, In the Heart of the Sea, Howard stopped by the Happy Sad Confused podcast. When the subject of why he hasn.t directed a comic book movie came up, he said: I really feel like you shouldn.t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have to be all the way in. I was never a comic book guy. I like the »
The "Star Wars" prequel trilogy has suffered many a critical attack over the years, a big part of that being due to not only George Lucas' writing but his direction of all three films - the latter taking proven great actors like Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and making them deliver performances that are never talked about as their best work.
At one time though, it seems Lucas didn't want to direct the films and spoke with several major directors about the possibility. Out doing promotion for his period whaling drama "In the Heart of the Sea," filmmaker Ron Howard revealed to MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was one of at least three directors contacted about the possibility:
- Garth Franklin
Ron Howard is no stranger to the world of Lucasfilm. He starred in George Lucas’ “America Graffiti” and in fact, the director of the upcoming drama, “In The Heart Of The Sea,” got his first taste of big budget filmmaking when he directed the Lucas-conceived and produced fantasy adventure film, “Willow.” Howard was a guest on the HappySadConfused podcast this week and the show’s host asked Howard why he wasn’t asked to direct the “Star Wars” prequels. “He did, he did [ask],” Howard said. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’” And by the sounds of it. Howard didn’t even really consider it. He said “Willow »
- Edward Davis
One of the numerous reasons many fans are excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18, is that they were so disappointed in the prequel trilogy, 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and George Lucas isn't involved this time around. Unlike the original trilogy, where George Lucas only directed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the filmmaker directed all three prequels, but, as it turns out, he originally didn't want to take the helm. Director Ron Howard recently appeared on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, where he revealed that George Lucas had approached him to direct the prequels, along with two other legendary filmmakers.
"He didn't necessarily want to direct them. He »
While George Lucas was the man behind Star Wars from the beginning, he only directed the first film in the original trilogy. The task of directing the next two went to others. When it came time for the prequel trilogy however, Lucas famously, or infamously depending on your perspective, directed all three of the films. The results... varied. It turns out that he did try to find others to take the director.s chair for those films, though, but everybody turned him down. The news comes from one of the directors who said no. According to Ron Howard, Lucas tried to get him to direct the film, after both Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis turned him down. He didn.t necessarily want to direct them. He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They all said the »
While promoting his new joint In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard stopped by Josh Horowitz's podcast “Happy Sad Confused” and waxed nostalgic about that time George Lucas asked Howard to be the new George Lucas. "It was an honor, but it would’ve been just too daunting," the Willow director says about directing Phantom Menace. "He told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They'd all said the same thing: 'George, you should just do it!' Nobody wanted to follow that act, I don't think, at that point." If that list of potential directors makes you whine like a dog staring down a delicious Thanksgiving buffet, don't start salivating for a Ron Howard big-budget blockbuster just yet, because it will never, ever, ever, ever happen. "I really feel like you »
- Halle Kiefer
Director Ron Howard has dabbled in sci-fi and fantasy with the likes of Cocoon, Willow and Splash, but over the course of his illustrious career he's yet to take the helm of a comic book/superhero movie - and it's not because he hasn't had the opportunity. During his appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Howard revealed that he'd been approached by George Lucas do direct Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - along with Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, incidentally - but managed to convince him that he was the only man for the job (thanks for that, Ron). The talk then turned to superhero movies, and Howard explained whey he turned down the chance to direct some of 'em, without naming names. "I’ve had opportunities over the years [to make superhero movies]. I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have »
iGN recently interviewed actor Tom Holland at a press event for his latest film “In the Heart of the Sea”, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth (“Rush”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception”), Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”), Brendan Gleeson (“Braveheart”), and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”). Holland has been cast as the new Spider-Man who will make his first live-action appearance in next year’s Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”; Holland is also set to star in a solo “Spider-Man” film directed by Jon Watts (“Cop Car”).
When asked about his take on the character, Holland said:
“It's very daunting, because obviously the first two guys were so great and they did such fantastic performances, so I've got quite a lot to follow. I think I'll have the help from the rest of the Marvel Universe and what's quite exciting is when you read these comics that he's in, he »
- J.B. Casas
Chris Hemsworth recently showed his fans just how skinny he became while filming Ron Howard’s historical thriller In the Heart of the Sea. Chris Hemsworth’s Weight Loss Hemsworth caused a stir on Twitter earlier this week when he tweeted out a picture of himself looking noticeably slimmer and with a straggly beard that drew comparisons to […]
- Chelsea Regan
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, Warner Bros. claims the top spot in TV ad spending with “Creed.”
After dropping to second place the week prior, “Creed” reclaims first place with an estimated $5.9 million spent in TV advertising over the past week, bringing its lifetime total through Sunday to $23.2 million. On the “Rocky” spin-off’s heels at No. 2 is the latest offering from Disney Pixar, “The Good Dinosaur.” The family film featuring prehistoric lizards saw $5.8 million spent on 955 national airings across 39 networks, led by NBC and ABC.
In third place is last week’s No. 1, “In the Heart of the Sea.” The Ron Howard whaling epic saw $4.9 million spent over the past week, bringing its lifetime total through Sunday to an estimated $18 million. In fourth place: the seasonal comedy “The Night Before,” which saw $4 million spent on 1,049 national airings across 30 networks, »
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.
- Movie Geeks
Spanish film composer Roque Baños, best known for "The Machinist" (2004) and "Sexy Beast" (2000), has teamed with Ron Howard for the director's upcoming historical adventure, "In the Heart of the Sea." The film tells the true-life story of the Essex, whose crew was stranded at sea for more than 90 days in 1820 after being rammed by a Moby Dick-like whale. Adapted by Charles Leavitt ("Blood Diamond") from Nathaniel Philbrick's nonfiction National Book Award winner, "In the Heart of Sea" stars Chris Hemsworth as first mate Owen Chase, attempting to lead the men in the harrowing aftermath of the shipwreck. Baños co-conducted each of the rehearsal sessions for what may be his biggest artistic undertaking to date — combining unique sounds and textures tailored specifically to Howard's vision. Over the course of his career, Baños has scored over fifty films and television series, winning »
- Ruben Guevara
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