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Ron Howard to Direct My Stroke of Insight, Wants Jodie Foster

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October 1, 2010
Source: Deadline

Ron Howard / My Stroke of Insight

Although I don't have many good things to say about his newest film, The Dilemma (watch the trailer), I still consider Ron Howard a very talented director, he just needs the right kind of non-comedy projects to work on. Deadline says he may have a new one lined up following The Dilemma (and The Dark Tower) that's an adaptation of brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor's memoir My Stroke of Insight. Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, including Brian Grazer, are teaming up to produce, with Semi Chellas ("The Eleventh Hour") writing the script. And apparently Howard wants Jodie Foster to star, but she's not officially attached yet.

My Stroke of Insight, published in '07, deals with the complexities of the human mind. In 1996, the 37-year old Taylor suffered a massive stroke caused by a blood vessel that exploded in the left side of her brain. A Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, Taylor's brain function deteriorated in a matter or hours to where she couldn't walk, read or write, or recall past memories. It took 8 years for her to mend. Her knowledge of how the brain works gave her the opportunity to experience and write about brain recovery that became at times even mystical, as the right half compensated for the damaged left half and infused her with feelings of peace and well-being that she has tried to retain, even after reclaiming her life and standing in the scientific world.

Obviously comparisons can be made to Howard's A Beautiful Mind , which I think is far and away one of the best movies he's ever directed. However, it seems like this will present a much different but still very unique filmmaking challenge, almost similar to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly more than anything. Don't forget that Ron Howard is still set to start on his adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, so I imagine that will come first before he gets to My Stroke of Insight, but I'm sure this will be coming soon. If you want to hear more about this rather fascinating story, you can watch Jill Bolte Taylor's TED video online as well.

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  • John
    Come on. Just let the man focus on Dark Tower. Dark Tower needs to be good. It's the best book series out their
  • quazzimotto
    Took the words out of my mouth. The "Dark Tower" should define both Howard *and* King. Howard will either be praised or thrown to the wolves...and King should be too, for not giving it to Darabont in the first place. This was a bad move on King's part IMO. I hope Howard has the moxy to stay true to the material, otherwise, this will be a massive waste.
  • sedna
    holy crap, I was JUST looking at the official publisher's site Penguin Reader last nite, and first heard about the book and today Ron Howard announces he's directing it. Damn, love coincidences like that
  • Andy
    I read "My Stroke of Insight" last year, and while it's a very good book, I'm not sure I see how it would naturally translate to film. Kind of in the same way I thought "Fast Food Nation" was a strange book to pick for a screen adaptation. We'll see!
  • GrandDoc
    Alex I've been reading the articles here on FIRST SHOWING for awhile now and I'm finally deciding to write a little something... I agree that The Dilemma is something bad and I'm still wondering why he would even bother to direct that. It looks like a flop. And I disagree that A Beautiful Mind is the best he's directed. I really think Apollo 13 and Cinderella Man were some of his best. But that's just my opinion.
  • Sarita
    The Stroke of Insight talk on TED website was the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen. Riveting. Made me want to know Dr. Bolte Taylor's full life story so I'm glad there making a movie about it. And you can't get better than Ron Howard to direct - such a genius. Will definately watch this one.

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