Ron Howard’s 1988’s Willow is a wonderful fantasy film. An old-fashioned medieval adventure imbued with with sorcerers, dwarfs, warriors, and fantastical creatures. There’s betrayal, redemption, action, and the scariest double headed monkey poop dragon you’ve ever seen. The movie is just one exciting ride after the other. All-in-all , it’s a wonderfully weird piece of cinema that only the eighties could have produced.
A beloved staple from you childhood. You know what that means, right? Yep, revive the property and make it a potential franchise!
Director Ron Howard has confirmed that fan favorite Warwick Davis will have a part to play in the upcoming Han Solo movie. The pair haven’t worked together since Willow back in 1988 and fans have long desired a sequel. Check out the announcement and details below. (more…)
Oh what a week for Star Wars movies! To recap, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired from the untitled young Han Solo Star Wars Story, the next anthology movie to be released by Lucasfilm. Lord and Miller were rumoured to be clashing with Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan over the right interpretation of the main character, and the right kind of humour the film was supposed to contain, so after a long creative struggle dating back to pre-production, the directors were out. Now, Ron Howard is in and ready to finish the job, and he’s finally said some words about the matter. (more…)
After the abrupt departure of the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were ousted after four and a half months of shooting by Lucasfilm over creative and tonal differences on set for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard was high on everyone’s list of replacements. Word around the Internet is that Howard will be confirmed as director today. (more…)
Getting into the groove of how 2016 has not only become popular for its reboots, but also its gender-swapped roles, we have to look at a new film with an open mind. The all female Ghostbusters by Paul Feig became quite a hit at the box office, although people went in with the worst intentions, but it looks like the pattern is falling into place again, because Ron Howard has decided to come back and produce a remake of his 1980’s hit, Splash. As if that’s not exciting enough, Channing Tatum will be a part of the cast and he will be playing the mermaid! From Magic Mike, to merman? Sounds like this may be a really interesting concept. (more…)
Quick! What was your favorite action/fantasy adventure from the 80s starring Val Kilmer? If you said Willow, then you are correct, although Top Secret! would also have been an acceptable answer. Yes, this heart-warming, George Lucas-penned tale of a Nelwyn’s (basically a Hobbit) journey to become a sorcerer while protecting an orphaned infant from the evil Queen Bavmorda taught us all a little something about life, about love, and most importantly about ourselves. For thirty years, many of us have been hoping for a return for the mystical lands of Nockmaar and Nelwyn Valley. Fortunately for the trajectory of this article, director Ron Howard was recently on hand to talk about just that!
After years in Development Hell, Stephen King’s magnum opus series, The Dark Tower, is finally heading to the big screen and, like Shardik, it appears that there is no stopping the momentum. Today, it appears that Sony is zooming in on a director for at least the first film in the series and if the rumors are true, it looks like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo scribe, Nikolaj Arcel is the man in the crosshairs. (more…)
Marvel has officially announced the casting of German actor Daniel Bruhl for an unspecified role in Captain America: Civil War. The actor – who is probably best known for his ambiguously endearing-but-nasty role as Frederick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds – joins a cast that already boasts three superheroes. Captain America: Civil War has an impressive line-up, including Chris Evans’ Cap. America, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, newcomer Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier. Unfortunately there is still no word on Frank Grillo’s involvement in the film as Crossbones. (more…)
It’s been a while since any news of Ron Howard’s Dark Tower project has reached the Internetz. It’s been an on-again, off-again struggle to get this thing done, complicated by the fact that Howard is looking to turn it into a multi-movie/television series combo that will take some time (and money) to put together. But now it looks like there is a bit of headway being made and the information comes from an unexpected source – Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. (more…)
Since Warner Bros. announcement last year that Ron Howard would be attached and directing the first portion of the “multi-tiered” adaptation bringing one of Stephen King‘s most beloved series, The Dark Tower, to the big screen, we haven’t heard much. In fact, the silence has been almost deafening, as well as disturbing. We’ve all seen projects start out with a big dog and pony show, but then fade quietly until years later some other ambitious director picks it up off that dusty Hollywood warehouse shelf.
While making some publicity rounds for his upcoming racing movie Rush, Howard recently sat down with Empire and had a few things to say about The Dark Tower.
The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.
It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.
So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.
Hopefully The Dark Tower will be that itch in the back of Ron Howard’s head that he just can’t ignore. From his comments about not wanting to give a timetable, Howard either doesn’t feel that the time is right, or perhaps he has other projects taking priority at the moment.
We won’t really know for sure that the movie is truly in the works until we get some concrete casting and location shoot schedules. So far all we’ve gotten are rumors and hopeful Internet fantasies.
Do you think Ron Howard and company will follow through on The Dark Tower?