When it comes to film adaptations of historical events, there are few filmmakers that have as firm of a grasp on the process as Ron Howard (“Rush,” “It’s A Beautiful Mind”). After spending some time with the Lucasfilm family cleaning up their mess with “Solo,” the “Apollo 13” director has been hard at work on an adaptation of JD Vance’s novel “Hillbilly Elegy” for Netflix. Having recently just wrapped production, Howard, yet again, will be mining the confines of history for his next project.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has courted Howard to direct “The Fixer” based off of a script by Tyler Hisel which, “tells the true story of a disgraced FBI agent, who at the height of the Cold War, is tapped by the CIA to lead a ragtag team of CIA operatives and Chicago mobsters on an unlikely mission to try to assassinate Fidel Castro.”
Variety claims that the project is said to be of top priority for the studio and more than likely the director’s next project.
All signs point to this being a perfect fit for Howard given his previous work telling stories set against the backdrop of the Cold War with films such as “Apollo 13” and “Frost/Nixon” – both of which garnered much love from The Academy. Could “The Fixer” be Howard’s next shot at an Oscar? The subject matter, story, and potential certainly check all the boxes for another “Argo” or “Zero Dark Thirty.”
In the meantime, audiences can look forward to Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy” which is slated for release sometime in 2020 and boasts an all-star cast consisting of Amy Adams, Haley Bennett, Glenn Close, Freida Pinto, and Gabriel Basso.