'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.
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until we get at least a production still, im not putting any faith in this development......
Jericho on Mar 12, 2012
Warner Bros will make things happen with this project. I'm so glad it's out of Universal's hands... and I'm not even a huge Dark Tower fan. I just like seeing ambitious projects get the faith & backing they deserve. WB seems to be the only major studio willing to take risks like this.
equustel on Mar 13, 2012
Good news, I still hope they don't cast Javier Bardem as the Gunslinger. Always thought that was a terrible idea. But just to see a good adaptation of the first book make it to the big screen would be a dream come true. Is The Stand at Warner Bros too? I think it is. I bet they're turning to King for potential franchises now that they've used up all the Harry Potter books. Somebody tell Ron Howard to call up William Fichtner or Viggo Mortenson. Those guys would kill in the lead role.
Buttass on Mar 13, 2012
Wait till you see Bardem in the new Bond film. Then we´ll talk. I like Bardem as an actor but he is also a far left activist which renders him kind of a hypocrite in Hollywood.
Konan on Mar 17, 2012
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