Ron Howard and Noah Baumbach Team Up on The Emperor's Children
Now here's a good film to look forward to! Filmmaker Noah Baumbach has written an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2006 novel titled The Emperor's Children which will be directed by Ron Howard. You may think the good news comes with Howard's name, and some of it does, but a lot also comes from Baumbach. The novel is about New York's "upper crust," and for those of you that have seen The Squid and the Whale, which was both written and directed by Baumbach, he's got quite a grasp on New York storytelling. Now it'll just be interesting to see what Howard does with Baumbach's script.
The Emperor's Children is about Ivy League graduates approaching their 30s with trepidation. The book won the New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year award last year after its release. Producing partner Brian Grazer is also on board as well. Howard's busy schedule, which includes working on two other major films: Frost/Nixon and Angels & Demons, means we won't likely see this for quite some time unless he finds a way to squeeze it in before Angels & Demons (which is due out next December).
Let's say I'm looking forward to this quite a bit as is evident in the intro. I loved The Squid and the Whale and am really looking forward to more of Baumbach's scripts. Then throw in what sounds like an older story somewhat similar to The Emperor's Club, another one of my favorites, and you've got what seems like a true gem in the works. Only time will tell!