Don't cry for Ron Howard. Though it was announced on Monday that Universal Pictures had scuttled Howard's ambitious project to turn Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Western fantasy books into a film and TV series, on Tuesday Warner Bros. announced that the director was part of a package to adapt Jon Krakauer's 2003 book 'Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.'

The book is based on Ron and Dan Lafferty who, in 1984, murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The brothers -- members of a fundamentalist Mormon sect -- claimed that they were acting on direct orders from God. The book explores not only the heinous crime but the at-times-violent Mormon splinter group School of Prophets that adheres to polygamy and a belief that true believers can speak directly with God.
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