Sony Pictures & MRC Taking a Crack at Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'
It's been a long road to try to get Stephen King's The Dark Tower novel series to the big screen. Both Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. passed on an ambitious film and television deal that would have brought the western horror and fantasy series to life. Last we heard anything about the project over a year ago, Aaron Paul mentioned he had several meetings to take a role in the film while it was being developed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment. Now Deadline reports there's hope for the film again as Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital have agreed to co-finance the first film in the series.
The first film will be based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, which focuses on the relationship between the title gunman, Roland Deschains, and a boy named Jake Chambers who joins the mysterious man on his journey to chase down his adversary known as The Man in Black. The latest draft of the script comes from Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, and it reworked the script that was originally part of the deal that was pitched to Universal and Warner Bros. when they turned it out. Goldsman will also produce through his Weed Road production banner and Imagine Entertainment is still on board too, but obviously Ron Howard is no longer directing. But there's still the hope to have films and connected TV series' as well.
Sony and MRC are on the hunt for a director now, hoping to fast track the project and get it in front of cameras as soon as possible. As far as casting is concerned, any rumors we've heard about Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem or anyone else have been thrown out the window for now, and a cast won't be sought until a director is locked down. this has been a project fans have desiring for quite some time, and King himself, who options his books for just one dollar, is just as happy as they are:
"I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen. Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books."
Tom Rothman, the new head of Sony Pictures, is certainly being quite ambitious in his new position, and he adds, "There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise." Rothman had his sight set on building some new franchises at Sony, and this is certainly a good place to start. Are you excited for The Dark Tower?