Bryce Dallas Howard is attached to make her directing debut on an adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star”, sources tell Variety.
Howard has directed a handful of short films as well as an M-80 music video starring Lily Collins, but this would mark her full-length debut.
The film is currently in early development and without a distributor, but sources say if the film moves forward she would direct.
Originally set up at Fox Searchlight, the story follows an optimistic high school student, Amber Appleton, who secretly lives in her mom’s school bus during her senior year after an altercation at home.
Lee Stollman and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of Gotham Group and Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill will produce.
Ol Parker penned the most recent draft of the script.
Best known for her acting in films like “The Help” and “Jurassic World,” Howard, whose father is iconic director Ron Howard, has always had an interest in following in her father’s footsteps.
Her first short film, “When You Find Me,” was part of the Canon: Project Imagin8tion initiative that her father championed as help directors get their start. While it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, it did make the Academy’s short list for the category.
Her other shorts include “Claudia Lewis,” “The Hug” and “Solemates.” She is repped by WME and Management 360.
Awards season is over — but not for Bryce Dallas Howard.
The actress is finishing up a gig as one of the guest judges for the second annual Moet Moment Film Festival, a short film competition sponsored by the champagne brand. On the heels of news that the due date for entries has been extended to March 27 — with a winner scheduled to be revealed at a Tribeca Film Festival dinner party on April 26 — The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Howard, a task easier said than done.
She’s in the thick of filming the as-yet untitled sequel to Jurassic World, reprising her role as Claire in the anticipated J.A. Bayona-directed flick alongside Chris Pratt. But during a break on set, the 35-year-old was game to give updates on the new installment, why she loves Beyonce so much and what it means to her to be dubbed the “Everywoman’s Fashion Icon” by Vanity Fair.
Q: You’re back at work now filming the sequel to Jurassic World. I know you’re working long days — thank you for fitting in this interview — so what is it like to be back in those shoes? And are they high heels again?
A: Making a Jurassic film is challenging, exhilarating and most importantly fun. No matter the footwear, Claire is a woman who gets things done. I’m so excited to be doing it a second time. Plus Chris Pratt is here every day doing his spontaneous dance parties — what’s better than that?
Q: Your Instagram account is a great mix of career, style, passion projects and family. You’ve recently posted a couple of pictures of Beyonce. What do you love about her?
A: Beyonce and I are around the same age but I look up to and admire her, not only as a creative and entertainment genius, but as a smart businesswoman. What she represents to so many people is strength and pride and that’s so important to see, especially for young girls.
Q: You’re serving as a judge for the second annual Moet Moment Film Festival, honoring aspiring filmmakers and their short films. The competition is open until March 27. What are you looking for as a judge? What moves you in this genre: story, direction, cast?
A: My favorite aspect about short films is that this medium is so attainable. So many people have the necessary resources to start and complete them on their own. In that sense, there is such a large scope of possibility when it comes to story, casting and direction. You get a real mix of different points of view, attitudes and aesthetics. There’s so much variety in this medium and I really value having a wide range of choice.
Q: You have said that you love the medium of short films as it’s a genre that keeps drawing you in. What about it makes it so compelling?
A: Short films are the essence of storytelling through film boiled down to just a few minutes. You have to get to the crux of the message right away. That makes it incredibly challenging, and I’d even say more challenging than when you have a full 120 minutes to develop a story. It’s a medium that doesn’t get as much attention but has infinite potential to really move people.
Q: You hosted the Moet Moment Film Festival event the same weekend that your father hosted an event on Golden Globes weekend. Do you check in with each other about scheduling or passion projects like this?
A: We do! We like to keep tabs on what the other is doing. We often volunteer to be each other’s plus ones. My dad always stays out later than me though; he has way more endurance at parties.
Q: Speaking of awards, following your red carpet turn at the SAG Awards, Vanity Fair dubbed you the “Everywoman’s Red Carpet Icon,” a title backed in part due to selecting your own gowns and buying off-the-rack. How do you feel about that distinction and the attention you receive for your sense of style?
A: It’s funny because when I started my professional career over 15 years ago, I had no clue that I’d have to even consider being fashion-forward as part of the deal. To be recognized by Vanity Fair, a publication I interned for when I was 18, is especially meaningful. I have a genuine appreciation of the broad spectrum of fashion, from couture to off-the-rack. There’s beauty in all of it and I’m grateful for the opportunity to wear some of it.
The gallery has been updated with Bryce’s recent public appearances! Check them out below.
007 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Late Night with Seth Meyers – 01.25.17
024 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen – 01.26.17
003 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Netflix Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominee Toast – 01.28.17
216 x Public Appearances > 2017 > 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – 01.29.17
264 x Public Appearances > 2017 > EE British Academy Film Awards – 02.12.17
A few days ago I added pictures of Bryce at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation “Black Mirror” New York Screening and Q&A to the gallery. I’ve also added additional BAFTA portraits as well. Previews and gallery links below:
016 x Public Appearances > 2017 > SAG-AFTRA Foundation “Black Mirror” New York Screening and Q&A – 01.18.17
004 x Magazines & Photoshoots > Photoshoots > 2017 > Photoshoot 001
The “Gold” World Premiere was earlier tonight. Bryce looked great! Pictures of her at it have been added to the gallery. Check back tomorrow for more pictures!
245 x Public Appearances > 2017 > “Gold” World Premiere – 01.17.17
077 x Public Appearances > 2017 > “Gold” World Premiere – After Party – 01.17.17
Edit: More pictures have been added to the gallery!
Earlier today Bryce visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America. Pictures of Bryce at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are now in the gallery, as well as captures from Good Morning America. Screen captures from The Tonight Show will be up tomorrow! I’ve also added stills and red band trailer captures from “Gold” and one new photoshoot picture. You can also check out the “Good Morning America” interview below!
023 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Visiting “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – 01.16.17
150 x Talk Shows, Interviews, & Other Screen Captures > 2017 > “Good Morning America” – 01.16.17
016 x Movie Productions > Gold > Promotional Photos & Stills
011 x Movie Productions > Gold > Red Band Trailer Screen Captures
001 x Magazines & Photoshoots > Photoshoots > 2017 > Photoshoot 002
Pictures of Bryce at the Moet & Chandon Celebrate the 2nd Annual Moet Moment Film Festival, The BAFTA Tea Party, and Viola Davis’ Walk Of Fame Ceremony have been added to the gallery. Bryce looks lovely as always. A photoshoot portrait form the BAFTA Tea Party and additional “Gold” Press Conference pictures have been added to the gallery as well. Big thanks to Jay and Jenna for many of the pictures from the BAFTA Tea Party!
290 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Moet & Chandon Celebrate the 2nd Annual Moet Moment Film Festival – 01.04.17
001 x Public Appearances > 2017 > Viola Davis Walk Of Fame Ceremony – 01.05.17
257 x Public Appearances > 2017 > The BAFTA Tea Party – 01.07.17
016 x Public Appearances > 2016 > “Gold” Press Conference – 12.04.16
001 x Magazines & Photoshoots > Photoshoots > 2017 > Photoshoot 001