Ron Howard Will Direct Universal's Unique Super Powered Film '364'
Today production began on his historical racing drama Rush starring Chris Hemsworth, and now director Ron Howard is attached to yet another project. Deadline has word that Universal Pictures has set Howard to direct 364, a new drama from Safe House writer David Guggenheim. The explanation of the title itself somewhat tells the story as it refers to the number of days in a year that a regular guy spends each year figuring out the heroic deeds he will perform on the one day each year that he has super powers. He's like Santa Claus, but instead of handing out presents and holiday cheer, he delivers justice and saves people.
Honestly, the premise sounds like its more friendly the comedy genre than being a dramatic vehicle, but I see how it can swing the other way. Since David Guggenheim's career is just taking off after his sale of Safe House last year (the film with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington hitting theaters in February), we can't really gauge his writing style or what kind of film we can expect. Considering Howard is still trying to get The Dark Tower adaptation off the ground, a Spy vs. Spy movie in development, and an adaptation of Under the Banner of Heaven, there's no telling just how soon he'll get around to this project, but it sounds like an interesting departure from the usual comic book fare we're used to seeing.