Even in normal situations, director Ron Howard is usually one of the busiest working in Hollywood. But with his possible Dark Tower series looming, one that will theoretically span three films and two television series, it’s not likely that he’ll have time to do anything other than Dark Tower related stuff for quite a while. But that project has to go through one more rewrite before the studio signs off on funding it, so there is time for Howard to sneak a movie in before the goliath gets going. More than likely that project is going to be Rush, a film about a formula one racer named Niki Lauda, but now another contender has entered the field for consideration.

Howard is attached to direct a live action adaptation of the old “Spy vs. Spy” comic strip. You know the one; it used to appear in “Mad Magazine”. One spy dressed all in black and one spy dressed all in white grappled in a constant game of one upsmanship that usually lasted a few comic book panels. They even did some cartoon shorts for the Mad TV television series. If I remember correctly they were usually about 30 seconds to a minute long. I guess my point is that this is a pretty thin premise to build an entire feature film around. Howard and company are going to have their work cut out for them if they’re going to take such a simplistic comic strip and turn it into a story worthy of lasting 90 minutes. John Kamps has gotten the job of coming up with a script, a process that will be “overseen” by producer David Koepp, whatever that means. More than likely this project will get pushed way down the line, but in the event that Howard doesn’t go after Rush, or perhaps The Dark Tower doesn’t get its funding, we ay be seeing this one sooner rather than later.

Source: Deadline Mayberry


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