Ron Howard not directing Dan Brown, Stephen King movies

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Usually The Juice* uses our soapbox to tell you what people are doing, but in this case we're going to tell you what Ron Howard is not doing. He's not making another Dan Brown movie starring Tom Hanks, and he's not making a movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. So, um, he must be really excited the NFL will be back, huh?

After making The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Howard has elected to just produce the upcoming port of The Lost Symbol, Deadline.com say. "Ron told (Sony Pictures co-chairpeople) Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton that he was not going to be directing Dan Brown's novels anymore," a source told the site. "He just didn't want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories." Sony is looking for a new director.

Another trilogy he won't be completing -- or even starting -- is King's fantasy series. The Hollywood Reporter says funding for the planned trilogy, which was expected to cost a healthy sum, couldn't come together by a July 15 deadline from Universal, so that plan is a dead as J.J. Abrams' attempt a few years ago. Oh well, Ronnie has a Formula 1 movie called Rush to work on, it sounds like, so he and Chris Hemsworth will be busy doing that.

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 1:08pm]

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