May. 10th, 2006 08:03 pm John Wayne and Ron Howard
In a strange way, “The Shootist” marks the passing of a torch. During production young Ron Howard would talk to John Wayne about the future of the motion picture business and his interest in directing. The Duke encouraged the child actor to pursue this interest.
In the last twenty years, Ron Howard holds a consistent track record of successful movies, from “Splash” to the academy award winning “A Beautiful Mind.”
Given the controversy of the soon to be released “The DaVinci Code,” http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thedavincicode/ my money is on Ron Howard to create a thought provoking and entertaining film experience that was built on the solid values of his past accomplishments.