Ron Howard's 'Dark Tower' Adaptation Staying at Universal After All

May 13, 2011
Source: THR

Dark Tower

Earlier this month we heard that Ron Howard's epic adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series might be in trouble at Universal, but could end up going into turnaround and get made at another studio. Well, it appears the axe has been avoided this time as THR reports Universal is moving forward with the project that includes three films and two seasons of television to tell the sprawling story of Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, and humanity’s last hope to save a civilization that will crumble unless he finds the Dark Tower. However, it sounds like the project will be delayed a bit.

Apparently the project hit some budgetary issues and what would've been a fall production start has been pushed back to allow for a rewrite from Akiva Goldsman to make the project cheaper to produce. At this time, no start date has been projected, and it's still unclear whether the budget changes will affect their ability to keep Jaiver Bardem as the lead in the film and TV collaboration. Either way, it sounds like it's going to be awhile before we see Dark Tower end up on the big or small screen anytime soon, but it's good to hear it's not dead in the water yet. I just hope the project isn't tainted by trying to make it cheaper. Thoughts?

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The only good that could come of this would be Javier Bardem removed, and someone who actually resembles the Gunslinger inserted in his place.

Anonymous on May 13, 2011


Amen, uberllama, amen.

buttass on May 14, 2011



Drumadikt on May 14, 2011


 i want viggo.

Hitler on May 14, 2011


Bardem is great and i realy hope they stay on track to keep him aboard. And yes Viggo would be also a great choice!

avi3316 on May 15, 2011


Eff! And I was already hoping for another director and lead. 

Anonymous on May 15, 2011


 This production has been put in Production Hell.  It will go nowhere.  Seems like Universal and Howard/Grazer are making nice/nice so they can both continue to work together on other projects. Best thing for fans would be for Howard to drop the project all together; let a hungry up-and-comer take it on with full, singular devotion to its creation.   Like a wheel...

TowerPower on May 16, 2011

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