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Ron Howard eye-ballin' Straczynski's THE CHANGELING (no relation to creepy George C. Scott movie)!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I had a scare when I saw this news that Ron Howard was directing THE CHANGELING. The George C. Scott haunted old-ass wheelchair movie rocks and would not benefit from having a fast paced update. It looks like this flick Howard is looking to do shares nothing but a name to that film, thank goodness. Geek idol J. Michael Straczynski came up with the story of a mother of a kidnapped child who prays for his safe return. He does return, but may not be the same kid.

Of course Howard has tons of flicks up in the air and with the ginormous success of THE DA VINCI CODE, I doubt he'll follow it up with a small character thriller like this. He also has that Iraq war movie and whatever else Dan Brown has made that's waiting in front of this flick. We'll see...

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  • June 28, 2006, 6:59 a.m. CST


    by thelivingdoll

    What the fuck will my alibi be?!!! OH GOD!!! VEEEEEGGGGGGAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  • June 28, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by darth_billy

  • June 28, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Ron Hackward

    by godoffireinhell

    oh please

  • June 28, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    will the movie feature The Doors' "Changeling"?

    by tripp5

    "i'm a chaaaaaaaaange-ling, see me chaaange"

  • June 28, 2006, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Okay...Ron Howard...

    by DerLanghaarige

    One of these directors who depends on the scripts they work with. Give him a good screenplay and the film will turn out good, give him a bad script and the film will suck, win Oscars and/or make millions. There are definitely more talented directors outthere.

  • June 28, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    So would this be..

    by RMcD3

    ..what JMS was referring to on his latest newsgroup post (see when he says 'one of the biggest things to happen to my career is about to happen'? Wasn't B5 bigger than this?

  • June 28, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    God I'm so bored of the Howard...

    by brycemonkey

    sorry, he's a solid film maker but not one I get excited about. Add to that some woman crying cos her kid has been snatched. Then crying while she waits to get the kid back. THEN she gets the kid back, but it's not the same kid. So she crys. PASS!

  • June 28, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Better be as good as THE DA VINCI CODE

    by McGsStepson

    Kidding. That movie was better than ambien though if you're having sleep troubles. Ron Howard is such a damn bor- zzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Ron effin' Howard

    by beastie

    He just follows all of the rules laid down by previous Oscar winners. He doesn't have a touch. He doesn't have anything that make his films special. When 'A Beautiful Mind' won best picture, I was more pissed off than 'Titanic' or 'Crash', because everyone was actually under the dillusion that it was a good film. Ron Howard makes mediocre films that take no real risks. I know, I know. 'The DiVinci Code' takes risks against the Catholic church. But, really. Did 'The DiVinci Code' take any sort of artistic risks? I guess it was fitting that a mediocre director was adapting a mediocre book. I think the only Ron Howard flick that I've ever actually enjoyed was 'Parenthood'.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    sounds like Richard Matheson story

    by treewarrior

    remember that Richard Matheson NBC TV movie (not Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black) where the last story is a woman whose son dies in a drowning accident and she brings him back to life with black magic and he looks fine but slowly he start to psychologically torture her and chase her around the house and it turns out to be a demon in disguise? this was the scariest thing I'd ever seen in my young life and the ending totally freaked me out. that's what JMS's story sounds like.

  • June 28, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I hope it's an adaptation of the Thomas Middleton play

    by Dannychico

  • June 28, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by StovetopStuffin'

    man, for a second there I thought it was another remake going through. "The Changeling" with George C. Scott is one of my favorite ghost stories. "Ghost Story" being a close second.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    So glad it'

    by Johnny Smith

  • June 28, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    So glad it's not a remake of the Medak/Scott flick.

    by Johnny Smith

    If it was, people may have to have been thrown down a well.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Ron Howard, Please Leave The Building


    Loved ya on "Happy Days", Opie. But you are one bland director. A monkey could have directed "DaVinci Code" and it would have been a huge global success. Arguably, a monkey did. Please quit your day job. That is all.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Howard and Green Lantern

    by jasper Stillwell

    Well why not? I mean if Jack Black's into it, which he is, get Ron Howard and a damn Green Lantern film together and watch the screen implode with mediocrity. Talent vacuum alert. Get Akiva to script it coz we all know how great HE is with comic books don't we? Sorry, I've had one coffee too many here...

  • June 28, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Whistle And I'll Come to You

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Anyone seen that?

  • June 28, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Howard's doing Brown's Angels and Demons not this film

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    No word yet if they'll resign Hanks for the Robert Langdon prequel.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Whistle And I'll Come to You

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...that scared the living shit out of me. Really unnerving. Though Hanks and Howard could re-team here to great comic effect - with perhaps a key role in it for Clint Howard as the spook. Not as quite as scary as Cage in a Wicker Man though.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by beastie

    I haven't seen Nacho Libre yet, but Jack Black isn't that bad. He was great in High Fidelity and The Muthafuckin' D rules. Come on. Don't like him, that's fine. But he is not in the same mediocrity league with Ron Howard & Akiva Goldsman. Ron Howard is the directing equivelant of Nickleback. They both rely on deriving ideas from better talent and end of creating unmemorable moments in their respective art forms.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by jasper Stillwell

    Well he ain't no Walter Matthau and he ain't even no John Belushi. But I too loved him in Hi-Fidelity but have seen nothing with him in that tells me this guy can hold a film on his own. He's the perfect memorable sidekick or perhaps a wacky turn in something a bit 'left-field' but certainly nowhere near 'class A' material. (He was WILDLY mis-cast in 'King Kong' - sorry...) Anyone that spends that much energy in a performance signposting 'funny' the way he does to the viewer smacks of desparation. But, hey, each to their own I guess...

  • June 28, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    jasper again,

    by beastie

    You're right. He's best in sidekick roles. However, I do think he'll hold the film when The Tenacious D movie hits. But, yeah. I'm just saying that he does have a certain amount of talent. His is playing the sidekick. Howard on the other hand doesn't really have any.

  • June 28, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    On Howard

    by jasper Stillwell

    I beg to disagree. He at least gave us Bryce. And so I will have to concede and give him that one. And I like to do the same to her if they'd let me. But after that dismal CV I wouldn't let him direct a saturday morning turd out of his own clapper.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I watched Changeling with Scott years ago

    by WeirdEd

    A friend at the video store recommended it. Terrific movie if you've never seen it already. I've still got that opening scene burned in my head, where Scott's character watches his family die in that freak accident.

  • June 28, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Let's see how Herc takes the news...

    by Leto III

    ...considering that Howard's tapping JMS, and not Whedon, for the film. If he has Akiva Goldsman rewrite it, though -- overrated sock-sniffing bogtrotter that he is -- it's gonna be dodgeball time, *bitch*.

  • June 28, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Cool! I'd love to see an update of Nomad!

    by CerebralAssassin

    Will Russell Crowe play Jackson Roykirk?

  • June 28, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Woohoo! Yeah! Beast Boy gets his own movie!

    by themikejonas

    But will the other Teen Titans have cameos?

  • June 28, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    What was Cinderella Man?

    by endoftheworld

    I don't get it. This guy is seriously a B- director. But how was Cinderella Man so good? What happened? And how did he lose it so quickly? Maybe it's Thomas Newman. That guy can make anything work. And talk about average, anybody see Superman...?

  • June 28, 2006, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Demons and Angels will be critically lambasted

    by Quin the Eskimo

    'cause the Pope turn into a paratrooper.

  • June 28, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Matheson

    by readingwriter

    ...since he's 100 times more interesting than Howard, he's also responsible for the teleplay for Trilogy of Terror, based on his short story--yeah, you know what I'm talking about, Karen Black vs. that African doll with the teeth! AND he wrote this weird TV movie with Barbara Eden "The Stranger Within" about a woman who starts behaving even more bizarrely than usual when she becomes pregnant. You could probably see the ending a mile away these days, but as a kid I found it fascinating, like a reversal of Exorcist--your MOM starts behaving like a weirdo.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by treewarrior

    he also wrote a short story called "The Distributor" which lots of people said Stephen King's Needful Things was ripped off from. They ARE pretty similar, but both stories were cool and creepy, just in different ways.

  • June 28, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The Stranger Within

    by treewarrior

    i remember seeing an ad for Stranger Within in TV Guide. If I'd known that was Matheson, I would have checked it out. Don't think it's on video or DVD. on second thought, i might not like it as much as an adult than if i'd seen it as a kid. Oh, well.

  • June 29, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST

    what iraq war movie?

    by white owl

    we dont need tons of subpar propaganda war movies about Iraq like there were for WW2 and beyond. really.. we don't. speaking of war.. how about this israel/gaza deal going on? holy shit does that smell like a middle-east version of a world war. i hope we stay out... -pindrop-

  • June 29, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    We need a RISING STARS movie

    by RezE11even

    Forget Spiderman and X-men where the heroes debate the fortunes of their powers. Forget Watchmen and Incredibles where the public has problems with Mutants. This is the all out balls to the wall "We have powers and OUR LIVES FUCKING SUCK" story, and damn it rocks.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Worst most hokey director of our generation

    by chien_sale