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Hopefully Ron Howard Won’t Waste Most of Our Year With ‘364’

Ron Howard has been a busy man lately as far as juggling potential film projects goes. He’s had a ridiculously lengthy will he/won’t he relationship with adapting Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series of novels, he’s turned down directing the next Da Vinci Code sequel, he’s got possible projects in the works like Rush and Spy vs. Spy, and now, according to those enterprising young reporters over at the trade mag Deadline Waukesha, he’s been attached to a new superhero project called 364.

You’re probably wondering which comic book this came from. You may be asking whether this one is DC or Marvel. Well, it turns out neither. This script is an original from Safe House writer David Guggenheim, and it has its own original twist on the traditional superhero tale. The hero of this film only has super powers for one day a year, and he spends the other 364 thinking about what he’s going to do on that day; heroic stuff and whatnot.

I’m certainly sick of the usual retread of the super hero origin story we’ve been getting, and a story about a hero that barely ever has any powers sounds like it could be an interesting idea, but it also sounds like it could be really boring if handled wrong. The whole point of watching superhero movies is all the big special effects sequences where stuff blows up. So, if you’re going to make a movie that is mostly just a guy sitting around thinking, why make it about super heroes at all? Don’t we have enough superhero movies already to be making new ones that don’t even have superheroics in them? Ron Howard, David Guggenheim: you’re officially on notice. Or, you know, if this movie turns out to be interesting… then good job and stuff.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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