Howard Joins “Rush”, Talks “Dark Tower”

Ron Howard is in talks to direct the true-life Formula One racing drama “Rush” for Cross Creek Pictures says EW.

The story focuses on the rivalry between 1970s-era drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, who survived a horrific, fiery crash that left him seriously burned but did not slow down (so to speak) his competitiveness. Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”) penned the script

Paul Greengrass was reportedly considering the project not long ago. If the deal with Howard is locked down it would shoot in the fall ahead of his ambitious “The Dark Tower” adaptation which would begin production early next year.

Speaking about that adaptation recently, producer Brian Grazer told Deadline that the re-writes to bring down the budget “aren’t that deep or that radical”. Asked about Javier Bardem’s participation, Howard says “Nobody is pay or play but he has said he wants to do it. We’ve spent a lot of time together. He’s fascinated by the character and has great instincts for Roland. I’m hoping when we go, he’s available and will join us.”