Ron Howard to Direct SPY VS. SPY

     June 22, 2011


We have another installment in our ongoing series “things Ron Howard may or may not be directing in the near future.” Yesterday, we brought you a pair of items in which he displayed optimism for his Dark Tower adaptation before diving into early talks to helm the Formula 1 racing biopic Rush. Now, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has his name attached to a Spy vs. Spy film adaptation over at Warner Bros. John Kamps (Ghost Town) will pen the script which is described by Deadline as a “highly visual action comedy.” Howard will also produce the pic alongside David Koepp and his Imagine Entertainment cohort Brian Grazer.

Those concerned about what Spy vs. Spy could mean for Howard’s ambitious Dark Tower take needn’t worry as the project is believed to be a “down the line” pic for the director. In case you’ve forgotten about the perpetually feuding rivals that make up Spy vs. Spy, you should know that the Antonio Prohias-created property first appeared in 1961 as part of Mad Magazine #60. While I don’t have any memories of Spy in magazine format, I’ll always have a special place in my gaming heart for its NES game. If Howard’s eventual take ends up being half as satisfying as that relic of my youth, then I will consider the whole thing a success.

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