Ron Howard wants to direct a big-screen version of 'Spy vs. Spy,' the Mad magazine cartoon where two bomb-toting spies -- one dressed in white, one in black -- engage in endless, absurd battle.

The film will be a "highly visual action comedy," more along the lines of, say, early John Woo than 'Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever,' we hope.

The classic comic, which began in the '60s, hasn't been made into a movie before, although it was the inspiration for Woo's 'The Killer,' with its frequent, iconic stand-offs between cop and assassin.

'Spy vs. Spy' has also been turned into a TV series (see a clip after the jump), a board game and three video games.
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