Ron Howard Directing Emperor’s Children


Ron Howard will direct Universal’s adaptation of The Emperor’s Children, Claire Messud’s 2006 novel about New York’s upper crust, based on a script by Noah Baumbach.

Howard’s Imagine Entertainment acquired the novel, about Ivy League graduates approaching their 30s with trepidation in 2001, early this year as a possible directing vehicle for Howard, with Imagine partner Brian Grazer aboard to produce.

Howard’s busy directing slate includes Frost/Nixon, the screen adaptation of the legiter scheduled to begin production Aug. 24, and Angels & Demons, the prequel to The Da Vinci Code for Columbia.

Imagine has also set up remakes of the French thriller Cache and ’70s sci-fi film Colossus: The Forbin Project at Universal as possible directing projects for Howard.