Ron Howard Turned Down an Opportunity to Direct Star Wars

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A recent podcast from Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused revealed the Academy Award-winning filmmaker's phenomenal decision. As we approach the month of December, many of us are excited by the joys of Christmas, from freed-up moments to spend with loved ones, to poorly executed, but nevertheless wonderful, presents. For others, the excitement lies in awaiting the drop of the newest Star Wars film, directed by lens flare enthusiast J.J. Abrams. The space opera is further given a sense of intrigue as director Ron Howard revealed in the latest Happy Sad Confused podcast, in which he is promoting his latest flick, In the Heart of the Sea, that he was offered the director's chair for the 1999 film, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but freely turned it down. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Though fans of the A Beautiful Mind director would think to be disappointed, his decision was well-made and, in his mind, justifiably sound: “I really feel like you shouldn't make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have to be all the way in. I was never a comic book guy.Star Wars creator George Lucas, who had directed the first three releases in the saga in the 70s and 80s, ended up as Episode 1's director.   Words by Brian Bui