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Ron Howard to make movie about the Alamo? OH NO!
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Posted on 03/19/2002 3:09:55 PM PST by chance33_98

Ron Howard Planning Alamo Movie

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The battle of the Alamo may be coming to the silver screen. Director Ron Howard says there's a very real possibility it could be filmed in the Austin area.

Howard outlined his plans at the Governor's Mansion Tuesday afternoon.

"We're considering making a film about the Texas Revolution and the Alamo. And it was suggested to me by Russell Crowe that I go and pick the governor's brain," director Ron Howard said.

Then masses of media get their chance to pick his brain regarding his plans.

"While we're still in early stages of developing the Alamo, it's not too soon to start being serious about some practical matters involved," Howard said.

Like where to film it.

"We have our eye on Texas. It wouldn't quite make sense to make the movie anywhere else," Howard said, "And I've never had a chance to shoot in Austin but every time I get here it's always a great visit."

If Howard's crews do choose Austin our local economy could be looking at a boost and local talent could be looking at new jobs.

"Our intention would be to work with as many people as possible I had very good experiences working that way when I was making television movies here," Howard said, "I'm not giving away the story."

Howard says when he does bring the battle to the silver screen it'll be different from anything you've seen before.

"Whether that's going to be satisfactory to everyone. I doubt it. Whether it's going to be fresh and original and more authentic than anything done before. If it isn't, I wouldn't do it," Howard said.

Howard says he has no timeline for the movie right now and expects the movie's production will draw its share of controversy.

In the past year alone more than 41 movie and television productions have pumped more than $274 million into the Texas economy.


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I bet they will make Davy Crockett Gay and show the US as the evil agressor :)
1 posted on 03/19/2002 3:09:55 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
The original 1960 John Wayne classic will forever be remembered as THE MOVIE.
2 posted on 03/19/2002 3:13:54 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: chance33_98
I think Howard is trying to cast off his image of making "Safe" movies. Howard isn't gay btw...[previous post]
3 posted on 03/19/2002 3:17:05 PM PST by antaresequity
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To: chance33_98
No doubt. That would be very sad. :(
4 posted on 03/19/2002 3:26:11 PM PST by roachie
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To: **Texas;shuckmaster
Check the Bump List folders for articles related to and descriptions of the above topic(s) or for other topics of interest.
5 posted on 03/19/2002 3:27:22 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: chance33_98
"Whether that's going to be satisfactory to everyone. I doubt it.

Translation: As long as it is politically correct, what does truth have to do with it?

6 posted on 03/19/2002 3:30:47 PM PST by jonascord
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To: chance33_98;Dark Wing
I'd rather have Howard as producer and Oliver Stone as director. Stone is better with a camera, and the result would be more of a hoot. And the screenplay should be by the guys who did Pearl Harbor.

I'd love to see Monica Lewinsky as the love interest. Gotta have a love interest.

I invite my fellow Freepers to post other casting ideas such as Martin Short as Davy Crockett, Dennis Quaid as Santa Ana, etc.

7 posted on 03/19/2002 3:35:11 PM PST by Thud
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To: Thud
Jesse Ventura has to be in there somewhere!
8 posted on 03/19/2002 3:36:31 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
I bet they will make Davy Crockett Gay and show the US as the evil agressor :)

With Santa Ana leading a joint Gay and Lesbian task force to liberate the oppressed masses from the hate-filled homophobic Texas bigots.

9 posted on 03/19/2002 3:43:05 PM PST by Euro-American Scum
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To: Thud
Will there be a spot for Alec Baldwin in this production?
10 posted on 03/19/2002 3:47:55 PM PST by dougherty
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To: chance33_98
The ultimate Alamo film was part of PeeWee's Big Adventure -- wherein the viewer is shocked to learn that the Alamo has no basement.

But they do rent a dang fine car.

11 posted on 03/19/2002 3:50:35 PM PST by jlogajan
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To: Deb
Whaddya think?
12 posted on 03/19/2002 3:57:59 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: dougherty
Will there be a spot for Alec Baldwin in this production?

Jim Bowie. Hmm, nah, make him Travis or Houston. Have _David_ Bowie as Jim Bowie.

13 posted on 03/19/2002 4:23:54 PM PST by Thud
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To: chance33_98
I think Russell Crowe should play Davey Crockett....LOL.....well, there has to be a part in this somewhere.
14 posted on 03/19/2002 4:29:43 PM PST by mystery-ak
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To: chance33_98
Ron Howard has a better grasp on reality than most in Hollyweird. He did a great job on Apollo 13 and I would give him the benefit of the doubt. Not to mention, if he screws it up he'll never be able to set foot in Texas again!
15 posted on 03/19/2002 4:31:48 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: chance33_98
Gosh, I thought Apollo 13 was pretty good...

--Boris

16 posted on 03/19/2002 4:40:27 PM PST by boris
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To: Thud
"And the screenplay should be by the guys who did Pearl Harbor."

This guy also wrote BRAVEHEART and WE WERE SOLDIERS(which he also directed).

As for Ron Howard, I like his movies. There is no HATE AMERICA in his movies.

Some of his better movies :
Night Shift
Cocoon
Willow
Backdraft
Apollo 13
Ransom
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Beautiful Mind

Let's give him a shot, even though I love the Duke's version (The extended version, not the crap version that's available on DVD).

17 posted on 03/19/2002 4:41:22 PM PST by TD911
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To: chance33_98
"Our intention would be to work with as many people as possible I had very good experiences working that way when I was making television movies here," Howard said, "I'm not giving away the story."

Too late, Ron ... the Mexicans won the battle, big guy.

18 posted on 03/19/2002 4:41:32 PM PST by strela
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To: boris
Not so much a lack of faith in Ron Howard per se, as with anything Hollywood in general touches.
19 posted on 03/19/2002 4:41:41 PM PST by chance33_98
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To: Thud
Gotta have Susan Sarandon, in there somewhere, but be forewarned, don't have the large tub of popcorn, when watching this movie. It will make life misarble for the theatre people! :-)
20 posted on 03/19/2002 4:42:04 PM PST by mlibertarianj
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To: chance33_98
The real assault was made an hour before dawn (the Mexicans weren't idiots). Good luck making a movie with a climax nobody can see.
21 posted on 03/19/2002 4:43:25 PM PST by docmcb
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To: Thud
Gotta have Susan Sarandon, in there somewhere, but be forewarned, don't have the large tub of popcorn, when watching this movie. It will make life misarble for the theatre people! :-)
22 posted on 03/19/2002 4:43:26 PM PST by mlibertarianj
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To: chance33_98
That Hollywood crowd will rewrite history to be sure.
23 posted on 03/19/2002 4:45:36 PM PST by cynicom
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To: strela
But they didn't win the war.
24 posted on 03/19/2002 4:45:41 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: Thud
I invite my fellow Freepers to post other casting ideas...

Bobcat Goldthwaite as Jim Bowie.

For diversity...Jackie Chan as Sam Houston.

Alec Baldwin as: "The Mexican Soldier who gets his head blown off". (Any of 'em.)

25 posted on 03/19/2002 4:46:50 PM PST by uglybiker
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To: Euro-American Scum
Santa Ana will be the big hero. He'll be the sympathetic, very politically correct leader who was able to squash the terrible American types.
26 posted on 03/19/2002 4:47:18 PM PST by FITZ
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To: Arkie2
LOL ... been to Eagle Pass or El Paso lately?
27 posted on 03/19/2002 4:48:14 PM PST by strela
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To: uglybiker
Rosie O'Donnell as Santa Ana?
28 posted on 03/19/2002 4:48:53 PM PST by Don Munn
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To: dougherty
"Will there be a spot for Alec Baldwin in this production?"

YES! He can lay down in the corral and pretend he's donkey $h!t. Oh wait, he doesn't have to pretend :^)

29 posted on 03/19/2002 4:51:58 PM PST by gc4nra
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To: Don Munn
Don't you mean Rosie O'Donnel as the Alamo?
30 posted on 03/19/2002 4:52:45 PM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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To: strela
Spent a lot of time in Del Rio and San Antone but that was a while back. What are you tryin' to tell me? ;^)
31 posted on 03/19/2002 4:55:21 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: Arkie2
Let's just say that there's a lot of 'em in those two cities. I was questioning who really won the war.
32 posted on 03/19/2002 4:56:50 PM PST by strela
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To: TD911
Back in the late 70s in Dallas, Ron Howard made his first movie, Cotton Candy, at my high school. He and his whole family were very nice. I think he will do a great job with the movie. He's very talented, and he is pretty much normal.

One of his kids is even named Dallas.

I look forward to his rendition of the Alamo.

33 posted on 03/19/2002 4:58:27 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: strela
He knew that
34 posted on 03/19/2002 5:03:21 PM PST by Regulator
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To: strela
Hey, we won WWII and there's a lot of Japanese in Hawaii and a lot of Germans in the Hill Country. Are you implying we shouldn't be so hospitable to our former foes? If that's so, all folks of British descent pack your bags!
35 posted on 03/19/2002 5:05:41 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: gc4nra
...and pretend he's donkey $h!t.

hey !

you do this stuff for a livin', doncha ??

anyone who nails casting that solid has gotta be a pro ...


36 posted on 03/19/2002 5:07:04 PM PST by old blue beemer
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To: Regulator
And so did I.
37 posted on 03/19/2002 5:17:05 PM PST by strela
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To: Arkie2
The vast majority of Japanese in Hawaii and Germans in the Hill Country (and even the large Czech contingent in West, where the kolaches and other baked goods are to die for) came into this country legally. There's not too many Canadians trying to swim the Northwest Passage to get here either (the ones that do are easy to spot - they turn blue).
38 posted on 03/19/2002 5:21:02 PM PST by strela
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To: chance33_98
"I bet they will make Davy Crockett Gay and show the US as the evil agressor :)"

. . .Ron is great. . .a real-life 'Opie'. . .doesn't abandon 'values' in his film making. . .not a Liberal's Liberal.

39 posted on 03/19/2002 5:26:09 PM PST by cricket
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To: strela
good!
40 posted on 03/19/2002 5:27:30 PM PST by Regulator
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To: jonascord
Not to sound like a peacenik here, but the truth does matter. The hicks in the nacent Texan Republic were on Mexican soil. They refused to accept Mexican authority and started the war in 1835. Their great contribution to geopolitical history, apart from the fact that John Wayne was one of them, seems to have been an unremitting insistence on the perpetuation of slavery. Which Mexico didn't practice, BTW. The outcome, of course, was that the U.S. annexed Texas in 1846, starting the deeply unpopular Mexican-American War. The significance of all this is a mixed bag. On the down-side we got stuck with LBJ and Ann Richards. On the up-side we got Dubya. But if Opie wants to tell the true story of these Texans (i.e., that they weren't fighting for any particularly just cause, or that they weren't even Americans) cut him some slack. I always prefer real history to the John Wayne version. Flame away!
41 posted on 03/19/2002 5:28:22 PM PST by Burr5
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To: Regulator
Fine!

(Dontcha just love this great communications medium)?

42 posted on 03/19/2002 5:29:04 PM PST by strela
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To: chance33_98
Then masses of media get their chance to pick his brain regarding his plans.

I have always said, the masses are asses....

43 posted on 03/19/2002 5:31:59 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon
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To: Burr5
The hicks in the nacent Texan Republic were on Mexican soil.

*yawn*

The "hicks" in the 13 Colonies were on British soil. So what's your point?

44 posted on 03/19/2002 5:34:41 PM PST by strela
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To: chance33_98
I took my kid to the Alamo yesterday, and we saw the IMAX movie re: same across the street. Very bad acting, and extremely politically correct...Santa Ana bad man...rest of Mexican army oppressed and forced to capture Alamo by bad man.
45 posted on 03/19/2002 5:37:04 PM PST by Young Rhino
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To: strela
The blessings of high technology...abused for low purpose!

I'll be quiet now...lurk elsewhere..be a good boy..

46 posted on 03/19/2002 5:38:01 PM PST by Regulator
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To: WhyisatexasgirlinPA
Ping! Remember the Alamo!
47 posted on 03/19/2002 5:38:54 PM PST by Washington-Husky
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To: Regulator
(snicker)

Why be good? It never helped me!

48 posted on 03/19/2002 5:39:16 PM PST by strela
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To: Washington-Husky
"Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free. Go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give ya a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat. The same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step, or his first baby shaves, makes his first sound like a man. Some words can give ya a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words."
49 posted on 03/19/2002 5:41:56 PM PST by strela
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To: docmcb
question: why did santa ana only bring 300 mexicans to the alamo??? answer: he only had 5 cars!!!!
50 posted on 03/19/2002 5:44:27 PM PST by cajun-jack
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