'The Dark Tower' May Finally Be Constructed at Warner Bros Instead
After Universal passed on the ambitious film and television adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the project was left in turnaround, and its future was unclear. However, last October, producer Brian Grazer said some significant budget cuts in the works would allow the project to get made eventually, it was just a matter of what studio had the balls to get it done. Now Deadline has word that Warner Bros. is close to a deal that will still have Ron Howard behind the camera for at least the first feature film in the series, and Javier Bardem may also still be on board in the lead role of Roland Deschain. More below!
As of now, Warner Bros. has apparently bought Akiva Goldsman's for the first film and are currently playing him to do a quick polish on it. As of now, the plan is for Howard to direct the film sometime in the first quarter of 2013 whereas Bardem's involvement is completely dependent on his schedule. Personally, with all the opportunities this project has had to get off the ground, I'm not going to hold my breath until cameras are rolling on this adaptation, and I'm certainly not going to count on the initial plan of a combination of films and TV series tying them together. The good news now though, is that with Warner Bros. involved with the films, it makes the discussed possibility of HBO (also part of Time Warner) taking on the TV portion of the project a more likely prospect. We'll have to wait and see how this all plays out.