Howard may helm 'Last' pic
NEW YORK — Having recently ankled a potential gig on “The Alamo,” Ron Howard may still take a trip to the Wild West.
The helmer, who has yet to commit to a next project, is negotiating with Revolution Studios to direct “The Last Ride,” penned by “Space Cowboys” scribe Ken Kaufman from the novel by Thomas Eidson.
Simultaneously, Revolution is negotiating with Daniel Ostroff for the rights to both screenplay and book. If, as expected, the deals close, Ostroff will produce along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer.
Ostroff brought the project to Howard, who in turn approached Revolution’s Joe Roth and Todd Garner with the project. Garner would oversee the film for the studio.
As a young actor, Howard co-starred in Western “The Shootist” alongside John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Lauren Bacall. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role.
Set in New Mexico in 1886, “The Last Ride” tells of a father returning home to make peace with the daughter he abandoned years earlier. When he arrives, his now grown-up daughter shows him no forgiveness. But when her eldest daughter is kidnapped and her husband killed, she enlists her estranged father to ride to the rescue.
Ostroff had run his own lit agency before turning to producing. He is attached as one of the producers on “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud,” set up at Paramount with David Fincher to direct. He was also a co-producer on the Sony Pictures Classics release of Sundance award-winning doc “Dogtown and Z-Boys.”
Howard earlier this week made a preemptive buy of “The Serpent and the Eagle,” the story of how Spanish conqueror Cortez flattened the Aztec nation and plundered its riches (Daily Variety, Sept. 17).
Imagine recently produced Universal release “Blue Crush” and is a producer of “8 Mile,” the Curtis Hanson-helmed pic due out Nov. 8.
Kaufman, who recently penned “Astro Boy” for Sony, is repped by Endeavor. Howard is repped by CAA.