Ron Howard: From 'Arrested Development' To YouTube, Oscar-Winner Looks To The Future
You’re doing “Arrested Development” on Netflix, not TV, and that’s another new platform. Why did you make that choice? As the years passed, [series creator] Mitch Hurwitz began exploring where each of the characters would have gone. He wanted audiences to understand what their journeys had been, but he didn’t want to express it in a joke or a sight gag. He actually wanted to let people know what had happened to each of the Bluths. And he’s got such hilarious individual threads and story lines that the idea of doing ten half hours first, to get people caught up, became really a fresh idea, and a fresh way of building the audience of “Arrested Development,” first for the movie and from there, who knows? At first, we didn’t know who would distribute it.
I feel like all the mediums are blending. I continue to be interested in the possibility of “Dark Tower” functioning in a movie version and a television version. If I get to do “Dark Tower,” there’s also a video game element that would be a part of flushing out the narrative of the Stephen King universe. I think it’s time to be adventuresome, be bold, and sort of explore the ways in which people want to experience characters, relationships, settings and situations.
“Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like being a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street. For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor’s yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words “soccer” and “neighbor” in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn’t he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit - that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor’s dog - would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.”—Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain (via thoughtsdetained)