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September 16, 2008 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | September 16, 2008 |

fnixon.jpgAs a director, Ron Howard long ago earned his place in the pantheon of feature helmers without a cause, direction, or any kind of discernible worldview. He’s basically Spielberg + boredom - daddy issues. But despite an almost pathological inability to put any kind of personal touch on his films, the man nabbed an Oscar for directing A Beautiful Mind, which also took home best picture honors that year. So he mostly knows what he’s doing.

I’m hoping that he takes that hint of skill and runs with it for Frost/Nixon, based on the post-Watergate interviews of Richard Nixon by British talk show host David Frost. The film is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen), adapted from his own play; what’s more, Nixon and Frost are being played by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, respectively, who also starred in those roles on the stage. So if anything, the film’s not hurting for talent, especially factoring in the co-starring role of Sam Rockwell, who’s pretty much everywhere this fall. The trailer looks pretty good, too: Howard’s been directing for 30 years, but this could be his arrival.

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