Ron Howard adopts The Emperor's Children

Yet another directing job…

We’re seriously starting to wonder if Ron Howard has secretly perfected human cloning. How else do you explain his crowded directing schedule, a batch of films in development no one man could possibly handle in a human lifespan?

He’s added another possible job to his overflowing plate – New York drama The Emperor’s Children, which has been adapted from Claire Messud’s novel by no lesser writer than Noah Baumbach.

Baumbach – who wrote and directed The Squid And The Whale – has tackled the tale of upper crust former college types worried about approaching their 30s.

But it’ll have to wait – Howard is juggling play adaptation Frost/Nixon (which Is next up), Da Vinci sequel Angels & Demons and, lurking within the deeper levels of development hell, remakes of French thriller Cache and ‘70s sci fi flick Colossus: The Forbin Project. Pray you never meet a discarded, disfigured, redheaded reject from the director’s evil science plan down a darkened alleyway one night…