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Dark Tower Heading For HBO?
Brian Grazer talks small-screen plan

25 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: MTV

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Dark Tower Heading For HBO?

Though the situation looked bleak for Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer’s ambitious plan to bring Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series to life as a set of films and TV shows when Universal shut down development, the three main players have not lost faith in their attempt to get the project on its feet. And now, talking to MTV, Grazer has explained that the priority will be the TV section, with US cable channel HBO stepping in to pick up the slack.

"We're going to do The Dark Tower with HBO," Grazer says. "We'll do the TV with HBO, and we'll do the movie with… to be determined. We'll do it right."

Just a couple of days ago, Grazer had dropped mention to The Playlist that they’d managed to slice a chunk of the budget off, which means we’ll get to see the film – or films – eventually. And he confirms the new, thriftier cost to MTV: "We're going to do that movie. We've lost $45 million out of the budget. When people say no to you enough, then you have to lose money, which we've done without harming the scope of the film."

We’d note he only mentions one film at this time; chances are the other two proposed movies will have to wait until the box office figures come in.

But this is an interesting development: HBO can certainly pull off something like this with the right talent aboard (see: Game Of Thrones) and while it has other big commitments floating around, such as Tom Hanks’ take on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, it would seem to be the most logical home for Dark Tower. Particularly since Grazer believes the move could mean that Javier Bardem stays attached as Roland Deschain…


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best actor for roland
i think the only person capable of pulling off the part of roland is hugh jackman. and i think the majority of dark tower fans would agree, if not all More

Posted by grayhair at 01:24 on 12 April 2014 | Report This Post

Casting Essential
I know it's a bit leftfield but I'd love to see Mads Mikkelsen play Roland. More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 19:32 on 02 November 2011 | Report This Post

Yes!
Great news, but surely Viggo M is a better choice for Roland (and probably cheaper too!) Roland's like an older Aragorn anyway but with Guns, he's seen it all and done it all! More

Posted by Kalielyn at 19:45 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

Yes!
Yes, yes and yes! I was hoping for a HBO adaptation from the start. They wouldn't tone down any parts of the books so I'm all for it. Still not mad about Javier Bardem as Roland though. Stephen Moyer has the look of Roland, but since he's already tied up with True Blood, that ain't gona happen. More

Posted by cormac_c at 09:45 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

Thank goodness....
US dramatic TV is sooo much better than cinema. Films are way to short to produce the fine characterisation developed in a quality TV drama. More

Posted by hazy at 22:37 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

Great News.
Who better than HBO to make this? Id call it a match made in heaven. I dont think they should even bother with movies, just knock out seven series of quality HBO programming. More

Posted by Varkko Stush at 21:25 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post


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