Bryce Dallas Howard pens 'Originals'

Universal, Imagine pick up drama; Ron Howard may direct

Universal and Imagine have picked up "The Originals," a drama written by Bryce Dallas Howard and writing partner Dane Charbeneau that could serve as a directing vehicle for her father, Ron Howard.

Imagine is producing.

"Originals" is an ensemble film about a group of twentysomethings who reconvene for a weekend in New York after learning that the teacher who shaped their childhoods has fallen into a mysterious coma.

The idea for "Originals" germinated a few years ago, when Howard, an actress with such films as "The Village" and "Spider-Man 3" under her belt, took to the idea of writing something that tackled the quarter-life crisis issues her contemporaries were dealing with. She roped in Charbeneau and the two have been working on the script for the past couple of years, as Howard shot "Terminator Salvation" and gave birth to her son Theodore.

"Originals" also became more of family affair during the writing process, as Charbeneau began dating Howard's sister Jocelyn. The two are now are engaged.

Howard, repped by ICM and Management 360, and Charbeneau eventually showed it to Ron Howard, who saw it as a potential antidote to the huge productions for which he is known.

"Originals" is still in development though the elder Howard, who is coming off Columbia's worldwide hit "Angels & Demons" and has not picked his next helming gig.

The director will return to his home at Universal for his next movie, with projects like "Colossus," a sci-fi thriller about a supercomputer, high on the priority list. "Originals" also is on that list.
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