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Netflix Agrees To Finance Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy

Legendary filmmaker Ron Howard’s next film will be a Netflix production.

The streaming service will spend $45 million to bring Howard’s next film, Hillbilly Elegy, to life. Imagine Entertainment, which is Howard’s production company with producer Brian Grazer, began development on the film back in 2017. The film will be based on the best-selling memoir of the same name written by J.D. Vance. Variety describes the story below:

Vance’s book recaps growing up in the Rust Belt and the everyday struggles of America’s white working class as they navigate through drug addiction, and social and economic challenges.

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Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio and Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps, served in Iraq, graduated from Ohio State University and Yale Law School, then went on to join CNN as a political contributor. For the film, the screenplay will be written by Vanessa Taylor who, alongside Guillermo del Toro, wrote the screenplay for The Shape Of Water. Howard will be directing the film as well as producing it with Grazer and Karen Lunder. Julie Oh will serve as executive producer.

Ron Howard is responsible for a number of memorable films in the industry. His credits include Night ShiftSplashCocoonGung HoWillowParenthoodBackdraftFar And AwayThe PaperApollo 13RansomHow The Grinch Stole ChristmasA Beautiful MindCinderella Man, the three Da Vinci Code films and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Howard earned two Oscars (Best Director and Best Picture) for A Beautiful Mind. In his youth, Howard played Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, Richie Cunningham on Happy Days and Steve in George Lucas’ American Graffiti. He produced and narrated the series Arrested Development.

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Source: Variety.

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