The Alamo: We've just received news from a tipster within the studio circuit who tells us that Ron Howard is actively developing a remake of The Alamo. Word is Ron Howard will direct the film this summer. The current draft of the screenplay is by Les Bohem (Dante's Peak, Daylight), but don't let that scare you off the prospect... After all, if Akiva Goldsman can get an Oscar nomination after writing drivel like Lost in Space and Batman & Robin, I have to believe Les Bohem is capable of this level of work.

AICN had previously reported that Howard was looking into the project through his Imagine Entertainment with John Sayles doing a draft of the script, but according to our tipster, Bohem is the only credited writer at this point. We've heard from another source who told us that Steve (Gangs of New York, Schindlers List) Zaillian will also take a pass at the script.

The biggest whisper that came our way about this pic was who Ron Howard wants to play the three male leads: Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson and Brad Pitt. The Alamo was made previously in 1960 starring and directed by John Wayne, and largely financed by Wayne's own money (around a million dollars - huge at that time). The sets took nearly two years construction, and it was a formidable shooting schedule as Wayne wanted to shoot in sequential order. The film was panned as was Wayne's performance as Davy Crockett, and lost at the Box Office. With a cast like Gibson, Crowe and Pitt, and with Howard (potential Oscar winner) at the helm, this movie could be huge. The question which now remains is, would Pitt be able to join the fight? - he is supposedly committed to Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi epic. I'm sure Gibson, who did Ransom with Howard, and Crowe who has a nomination for Howard's A Beautiful Mind would love to once again work with the easygoing filmmaker. Of course, Crowe has several projects lined up as well, one of which would be his directorial debut. We'll let you know more when we get word. Until then...

From Somewhere on the Beach... ~Jane Doe

Brian B.