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