Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

How MAD Is That? Ron Howard To Direct Live-Action 'Spy vs. Spy' Adaptation

The Playlist By Matthew Newlin | The Playlist June 22, 2011 at 11:19AM

You have to say this for Ron Howard: he's full of surprises. Deadline reported today that Howard will be directing a live-action adaptation of the comic strip "Spy vs. Spy" for Warner Bros. Yes, you read that correctly, "Spy Vs. Spy," the satirical black and white comic-book strip from Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohías that was featured in MAD Magazine from the early 60s until 1987. The cartoon depicted two constantly warring spies who used a variety of booby-traps to kill one another. The duo, who generally alternated between victory and defeat with each new comic-strip. looked identical save for opposite black and white colors.
5


You have to say this for Ron Howard: he's full of surprises. Deadline reported today that Howard will be directing a live-action adaptation of the comic strip "Spy vs. Spy" for Warner Bros. Yes, you read that correctly, "Spy Vs. Spy," the satirical black and white comic-book strip from Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohías that was featured in MAD Magazine from the early 60s until 1987. The cartoon depicted two constantly warring spies who used a variety of booby-traps to kill one another. The duo, who generally alternated between victory and defeat with each new comic-strip. looked identical save for opposite black and white colors.

Not only is Hollywood so blatantly scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, but they have wrangled the once-great director into joining the sinking ship. David Koepp and Howard's Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will join him as producers. No word yet on when production will begin.

At the moment, Howard, Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are waiting to find out if Universal will approve re-writes on the adaptation of the Stephen King series "The Dark Tower." We can only assume that since production has been delayed over and over again by the studio that Howard was open to any project offered in the interim. "Spy" will be written by John Kamps who co-wrote "Premium Rush" with Koepp. In addition to writing, Koepp will be directing that film that will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon.

Other rumored projects for Howard include a "Frankenstein" project at 20th Century Fox (not the one announced today with John Landis' kid Max writing) and the Formula One racing film "Rush" which was written by Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon").

How are they going to bring this comic-strip to the screen considering its two guys just trying to cleverly blow each other up time after time? According to the report, the picture will be a "physical and highly visual action comedy with two spies going mano a mano in ruthless fashion." Can't we just turn on the very underrated "Spies Like Us" and call it a day? One has to wonder how the success or failure of McG's slightly similar and upcoming "This Means War" -- two spies in love with the same woman try and destroy each other in New York -- will affect this picture's development if at all.

This article is related to: Actors, Ron Howard


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates