Ron Howard to Direct Writer David Guggenheim's 'Superhero' Drama 364
09.12.11 by BJSprecher
Universal Pictures must feel pretty confident in the skills of fledgling screenwriter David Guggenheim. Even though the former Us Weekly editor has yet to have anything he has written hit the big screen, the studio has just purchased a second screenplay from him. The first, the action-thriller Safe House, recently wrapped production in South Africa under the direction of Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in leading roles. The second, according to Deadline, is a 'superhero' drama titled 364 that the studio "preemptively acquired" from Guggenheim for Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) to direct.
It's unclear from Deadline's article whether the word "preemptively" pertains to Universal pulling the trigger on a second screenplay from Guggenheim before they see how Safe House does in theaters, or whether it refers to the studio purchasing 364 before it is finished, e.g., from a pitch or treatment. Whatever it refers to, the premise of 364 sounds pretty interesting and a good fit for Howard's sensibilities:
 refers to the number of days in a year that a normal guy spends each year figuring out the heroic deeds he will perform on the one day each year that he has super powers.
364 will be produced by Howard's long-time friend and business partner Brian Grazer, who produced Howard's first feature, Night Shift in 1982. Erica Huggins will executive produce.