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Warners Knocks Down The Dark Tower
Studio passes on Ron Howard's plan

21 August 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Warners Knocks Down The Dark Tower

Given this latest development, Ron Howard must be feeling as if he’s trying to build The Dark Tower using a Jenga set. For every piece of construction he manages, there’s always a collapse a little while later. He’s currently staring at metaphorical blocks lying on an equally metaphorical table after Warner Bros. decided to pass on his ambitious attempt to turn Stephen King’s epic into a series of films and TV episodes.

Howard, along with producer Brian Grazer and writer / producer Akiva Goldsman, has been trying to get the Tower built for a while now. Initially they used their Imagine production company to offer it to regular collaborators Universal. When that studio passed citing budget concerns, Warners stepped into the fray and, recently, things seemed to be looking up, with Howard and co talking to Russell Crowe about playing apocalyptic gunslinger Roland Deschain.

But Warners has passed, which represents the latest pothole in the road to the Tower. Imagine can still, of course, take the project elsewhere, and the trio of big filmmaking names attached still carries some clout, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely, especially given that Warners represented one of the better outlets, with the company’s multi-media interests. So while The Dark Tower may yet be scaled, we wouldn’t go holding our breath.


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Your Comments

Don't loose hope just yet!
As deadline reported, MRC have showed interest in taking over this project. They might not be as big as Warner, but hey, who considered New Line big before LOTR? Hope's not lost yet! Ka like the wind, someone will come along! More

Posted by Johnur at 09:27 on 23 August 2012 | Report This Post

Oh come on!
Crowe is an great actor and one of the best in leading roles, I think he would do a sterling job as Roland. Howard is hit and miss as a director, as this is a project he sounds passionate about he might do a fine job. Hopefully they find a studio soon that will agree! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 18:34 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

I am jacks complete lack of surprise
I knew it. And thank god. Howard, Goldsman and Crowe are all wrong for this. TDT is essentially seen by the studios as a "weird Western" genre picture. Which has poor previous (Wild Wild West, Jonah Hex, westworld, etc). It's too much of a risk for them. Best hope for it is to get them to make the first one on the cheap (completely feasible). If it's good, then solid box office will greenlight a sequel More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 17:33 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's probably for the best...
Ah - Warners must have finally checked the paperwork and found out that Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman were attached to it. More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 16:22 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: It's probably for the best...
Does the series really need a filmic adaptation? I love the books, absolutely love them, but the series is so large, so self-referential and so epic in scale that I don't actually believe a film / TV adaptation is possible. More

Posted by gunstar at 10:41 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

It's probably for the best...
Russell Crowe as Roland would have been horrendous More

Posted by criffle at 08:11 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

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Thank you Warner Bros!  More

Posted by elab49 at 06:59 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

this is ridiculous, we dark tower fans have been waiting for this for years, and keep getting jostled from one hope to the next. All we want is somebody to do it justice, and i believe Howard could do this, not only that but (other than Eastwood 40 years ago ) Crowe is perfect for Roland (anyone that has seen 3.10 to Yuma will surely agree). The dark tower should be filmed because it is epic, they managed lord of the rings so this should be a walk in the park. More

Posted by dorismall at 04:18 on 21 August 2012 | Report This Post

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