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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
Casting an actor for a role as iconic as a long running superhero comes down to two things: the actual ability to play the role, and having the right people in your corner. In the case of Tom Holland.s casting as Spider-Man, he.s got both factors locked down, as his gymnastics and acting prowess won over none other than Chris Hemsworth during their tenure on Ron Howard.s In The Heart Of The Sea. While speaking with Hemsworth, best known as the lead of the Thor franchise, I was curious as to what might have convinced him that Holland was the right guy for the job. Seeing as his Owen Chase spends a lot of time interacting and sharing the screen with Holland.s Thomas Nickerson, there had to have been some moment that the two shared that helped convince the Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran that this young »
In Paul Bettany’s screenwriting and directorial debut, Shelter follows the lives of two homeless people who find love in each other despite all of the obstacles that stand in their way. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie, the film depicts the lives of the drug addict Hannah (Connelly) living on the streets and running into Tahir (Mackie), an illegal immigrant who escaped terrors from Boko Haram and tries to make ends meet. You can catch the film out in select theaters and read the interview we had with the cast and director below.
You worked with Paula Huidobro who is noted as being one of the best in her business of cinematography. Can you talk about your collaboration with her?
Paul Bettany: Yes I can. I can talk for hours about it. For me, pre-production was the worst part of this, it was the only aspect that I »
- Catherina Gioino
The muscle-bound, physically imposing Chris Hemsworth with blonde, luscious locks is dead. Long live the painfully thin, plain old dirty, hobo look-alike version of Chris Hemsworth. Filming on Ron Howard's In The Heart Of The Sea took quite the toll on the Australian actor. And just to prove how much he had to change his appearance for his leading part in the Ron Howard directed film, Hemsworth has uploaded an image to his Twitter account that you.ll find yourself both impressed and repulsed by. Just tried a new diet/training program called "Lost At Sea". Wouldn't recommend it.. #IntheHeartoftheSea pic.twitter.com/y89McNuiiV . Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) November 22, 2015 Yep, that.s right, underneath that mane of shaggy hair, scruffy beard, and mounds of dirt is Chris Hemsworth. You can just about recognize him because of his piercing blue eyes. No matter how bad it gets, they'll never leave him. »
Ron Howard's latest feature, In The Heart Of The Sea, follows Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) and his crew as they are stranded at sea for 90 days due to a vindictive sperm whale. This flick is based on the story that inspired Moby Dick . . . so there's that. As you can imagine, living out at sea for 3 months changes a man, and Hemsworth took to Twitter to show off his sweet, MacHinist-esque bod that he... Read More »
- Sean Wist
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Come January, Craig Gillespie’s real-life drama The Finest Hours will whisk moviegoers back into the year 1952, telling the gruelling tale of a sinking oil tanker in the bitter-cold waters of the North Atlantic. Before that, though, the award-winning director Ron Howard is primed to take us further back in time with In The Heart of the Sea, which is set to tell a very different tale of life on the high seas.
Arriving not long after the latest – and final – trailer for the Warner Bros.’ epic, today’s batch of screenshots are intended to spotlight some of the leading cast members, particularly those aboard the doomed Essex whaling ship. Upon encountering a sperm whale of gargantuan size, In The Heart of the Sea then unfolds into a survival pic, charting a Herculean tussle between humanity and nature that would eventually go on to seed Herman Melville’s seminal novel, »
- Michael Briers
Answer: Hemsworth ... after he dropped major lbs for his starring role in Ron Howard's upcoming "In the Heart of the Sea." Hemsworth plays a sailor stranded at sea in the Moby Dick-inspired flick, so he obviously got way into character. He posted the throwback pic from the set saying he wouldn't recommend the diet to anyone. Hard to believe that's the same guy who plays Thor, but the good news is Chris is back »
- TMZ Staff
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