Opie Taylor, director, is quite busy these days. He's into pre-production on Frost/Nixon, and as Variety reports, there's also Colossus: The Forbin Project, a remake of the French thriller Cache and Angels and Demons -- a prequel to The Da Vinci Code. Ron Howard is now adding another to the mix -- an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2006 novel, The Emperor's Children. Erik Davis first told you about the project in January, before Howard officially signed on. As Erik noted, it's about those on the Upper West Side of NYC -- slightly older Cruel Intentions sort of people, or as The New Yorker calls them "New York's chattering classes." Basically, it seems like Whit Stillman territory if his protagonists hit 30.

So now Howard is definitely directing, and a script has been written by none other than Noah Baumbach. Most recently, he penned The Squid and the Whale, which he also directed, but he's also the words behind one of my favorite quirk fests -- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Obviously, with Howard blanketed by projects up to his ears, there's no word when this project will get off the ground, so I wouldn't be surprised if it is at least a year before he gets Children into production. I'm curious to see what he'd do with this. If we were talking Stillman, the chatter would flow and the pretension would be entertaining. But I can't imagine what Opie will make of this world.