Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Christian Bale Set For Jungle Book: Origins
Naomie Harris, Cate Blanchett and more also aboard
Pierce Brosnan's The November Man Wins A Sequel
Relativity Studios has it in development
John Lithgow Talks Pixar's The Good Dinosaur
'They have completely reimagined it...'
Ken Jeong Will Try To Kill David Hasselhoff
In a new comedy alongside Hulk Hogan
Kung Fu Panda Director John Stevenson Boards Noah's Ark
A new indie CG 'toon take on the story
New Trailer For In Order Of Disappearance
Stellan Skarsgård has a revenge mission
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 July 2014
Ron Howard Tackles New Beatles Documentary
He loves them, yeah, yeah, yeah
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
A New York Winter’s Tale
Empire Star Rating
Rush (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Dilemma (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Losers (2010)
Empire Star Rating
Angels And Demons (2009)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Universal Dismantles The Dark Tower
The studio has passed...

19 July 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Universal Dismantles The Dark Tower

Whoops. The storm clouds had been circling this one for a while, but now the Universal executives have decided that they don’t want to be involved in Ron Howard’s ambitious plan to adapt Stephen King’s Dark Tower series into a batch of films and TV seasons.

Yes, even with power producer Brian Grazer and regular cohort Akiva Goldsman on scripting duty, Howard was unable to convince the studio to take the risky financial gamble to make a proposed three films linked by a couple of TV runs to fill in the hefty plot.

According to Deadline, the studio bods read Goldsman’s script and the plan that the trio – along with Battlestar Galactica veteran Mark Verheiden – had come up with for the first stretch of the TV series and were only willing to give the thumbs up to one movie as a way to test the waters for more. But Howard and co didn’t go for that.

This isn’t necessarily the end for the story of gunslinger Roland Deschain and his quest to help save civilisation – given those involved, it’s possible that they’ll get the project set up elsewhere…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Trailer For Wong Kar-Wai's Grandmasters
A rainy night in Foshan
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

RE: Yay!
Agreed with pete, this would be better off in an HBO miniseries format than a cinematic release. More

Posted by Spaldron at 18:00 on 19 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Yay!
Well right now, Ron Howard is still involved. They'll probaby try and bring the script to another studio, but hopefully someone else produces and directs it. I'd almost like to see them change the ending. Well, not the final total ending, but a lot of the latter part of the final book. It just felt so rushed. More

Posted by cormac_c at 16:25 on 19 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Good News
I'm glad this has fallen through. I never liekd Ron Howard as director or Javier Bardem as Roland. The Dark Tower needs to be a HBO series. It's got so much going on, even the three films and two series wouldn't have been enough. Game of Thrones shows that big book series can be transported to the small screen successfully. More

Posted by cormac_c at 11:21 on 19 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Good News
Ditto. I like the bit about them giving up completely after reading Goldsman's script. Nice to know even they realised he couldn't write it unless he's had some seriously good remedial lessons. Fingers crossed the Howard walks away and lets a proper director do it too. More

Posted by elab49 at 10:40 on 19 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: CA$H
L: Kingseany I think that this decision shows how careful the studios are being at the moment. d of seeing The Dark Tower as a potential Harry Potter cash cowre backing off. Even with Ron Howard driecting. Oh well lets all look forward to Transformers 4, Cars 3 and a 3D rerelease of all the Harry Potter films instead his wouldn’t have entered into any thinking regarding the commercial viability of The Dark Tower. These films would fundamentally have to be R rated and at least 15 in More

Posted by pete_traynor at 09:53 on 19 July 2011 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Classic Feature: Empire Meets Uwe Boll
'I'm probably the most hated director in the world right now.'

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time
You voted, we counted, and here they are: beat-'em-ups, shoot-'em-ups, RPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, RTSs, first-person shooters, platformers, sims and much more!

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Battles
From smalltime scraps to epic struggles, these are the conflicts that have stunned cinema since 1989

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)