Ron Howard Takes Spy vs. Spy

Ron Howard has become attached to an adaptation of the "MAD Magazine" comic strip Spy vs. Spy, Deadline reports. David Koepp and John Kamps are set to tackle the screenplay (Kamps writing with Koepp overseeing) which will bring to the big screen the endless struggle between rival black and white spies.

Howard, still attached to direct The Dark Tower, was also, just yesterday, named as a potential candidate for the Formula 1 biopic Rush. He most recently directed The Dilemma for Universal.

Koepp and Kamps have already teamed for Premium Rush (no relation to the potential Howard project) which Koepp will direct. That film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Jamie Chung, is set for released January 13, 2012.

First appearing in "MAD Magazine" #60, the popular Spy characters celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Light on continuity, Spy vs. Spy has previously been adapted in an animated form, appearing on both "MADtv" and the more recent sketch comedy show "MAD."