Ron Howard has signed on to take the director’s chair on ‘The Girl Before,’ a dramatic thriller based on the novel of the same name by J.P. Delaney, says Deadline. Delaney’s novel centres on “a traumatized woman who falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it. However, when she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before.” The adaptation is set up over at Universal Pictures with Michael De Luca producing with Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partners Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Mitchell will serve as executive producer alongside Elishia Holmes for Michael De Luca Productions. Howard’s latest, ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ is released in Irish cinemas December 26th.