Ron Howard to Direct 'The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair'
After negotiations to direct Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book fell through, director Ron Howard has found a different project at the studio instead. Deadline reports the studio has picked up Joel Dicker's novel The Truth About the Harry Quebart Affair for Howard to direct and also produce, with the help of his Imagine Entertainment production banner partner Brian Grazer. The book has been a sensation overseas in Europe, winning the Grand Prix du Roman, and tells the story of a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard. Read on!
Howard is coming off his adaptation of Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, another project at Warner Bros. as well. Howard seems to have an inkling towards adapting various sbooks. His projects have included The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, plus Rush and Frost/Nixon came from true stories. Howard takes on a lot of projects, including an adaptation of Dan Brown's novel Inferno that will reunite him with Tom Hanks, but they don't always stick. However, it doesn't look like he has any immediate projects lined up, so this could be his next flick. Anyway, stay tuned to see how this one pans out.