Filmmaker Ron Howard is joining forces with his brother Clint to write a memoir about their family.
The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family will tell brothers’ family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.
According to the book’s publishers, it is confessional, nostalgic, heartwarming, and harrowing, with a dual narrative that lifts the lid on the Howard brothers’ closely held lives. It’s the journey of a tight four-person family unit that held fast in an unforgiving business and of two brothers who survived ‘child-actor syndrome’ to become fulfilled adults.
“When our dad passed in 2017, Clint and I began reflecting upon our lives and realised that while our childhoods seemed normal, they were anything but,” Ron Howard said of the book.
“Who grows up on a soundstage hanging out with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, or with a trained bear? And what are the ways that particular childhood forever informed the choices I would make as a husband, father and filmmaker? We’re excited to share the story of how our parents pulled this off — raising two show-business kids who had no clue that their lives were out of the ordinary while rooting them in a loving, slightly off-beat family.”
The book’s forward will be written by Ron’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard.
The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family will be released in October.