The Dark Tower

They say ambition is the lifeblood of entertainment, but Ron Howard‘s plan to adapt the 7 novels that comprise Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series scared the shit out of Universal Studios, causing the studio to run screaming from the planned 3 film and 2 TV mini-series project last year. Luckily, Opie has gumption and now, apparently, Warner Bros. on his side according to Deadline.

The House of Finke states that Warners is set to hire Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code) to polish that which he has already written. Howard would still be on board to direct and Javier Bardem, who has been attached since the bad old days at Universal, would at long last play the role of Roland Deschain.

Details on the ensuing TV mini series’ are sparse, but HBO’s name has been bandied about as a landing spot and we know how much HBO likes epic shows (Game of Thrones), that is until they don’t (Rome).  You had a happy, and then you had a sad just then.

Inspired by Stephen King’s love of Spaghetti Westerns and epics with the breadth of The Lord of The Rings, the book tells the story of a lone gunslinger who searches for the mysterious Dark Tower. The series has inspired graphic novels, an online game (Discordia), and the love of millions. In short, Howard had better not fuck this up.

Source: Deadline

EDITORS NOTE: Article written by Nerd Bastards contributor Jason Tabrys

Dark Tower Movie Trilogy Morphs Into HBO Series

Producer Brian Gazer revealed in an interview with MTV that HBO has agreed to the televison series part for the epic Television/Movie combination of The Dark Tower!

“We’re going to do [‘The Dark Tower’] with HBO. We’ll do the TV with HBO, and we’ll do the movie with… to be determined. We’ll do it right.”

With past successes like Rome, The Sopranos, Boardwalk, Oz, and many others, HBO is a great place for this production to land. Of course the expectations will now only grow in fans so Ron Howard is really going to have to reach deep to bring something amazing to the production values.

Universal passed on the movie side of the project so director Howard and producer Gazer are currently hunting for another movie studio to take on the project. The news of locking down HBO will certainly help in that search. Full steam ahead for The Dark Tower, what do you think about HBO stepping up?

 

Fans of writer Stephen King have been waiting over a year for a live-action adaptation of his acclaimed Dark Tower series. With Universal Studios pulling their support after a series of financial disagreements with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, the duo have had to rethink their strategy. You would turn tail to if you were going to shell out $140 million+ dollars for a film trilogy and a television series.

Even with all this, Grazer is confident that an adaption will soon be around the corner. All in thanks to a newer script draft and  a smaller budget. In a recent interview with The Playlist Grazer said:

“We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending. In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made.”

This $45 million dollar budget-friendly way of preserving King’s ending could have a studio knocking on Ron’s door to start filming very soon. So… I guess it’s a step in the right direction. Personally, one movie for 10,000 pages? Sounds like another terrible adaptation to me.

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Attention Dark Tower fans. As you may or may not know, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer television and film (yea they’re doing both) adaptation of Stephen King’s magum opus has hit a bit of a snag. Basically, Universal Studios looked at the budgetary scope of ‘The Dark Tower’ and said “Fuck off, you don’t get to play with that much money”. So, budget was cut and script rewrites are currently in progress. To accommodate these changes plans to begin shooting the first film have been pushed back to the fall. Or, at least that’s what we last heard. Recent news says it’s now being pushed back to the spring.

Ron Howard spoke with EW, saying

We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward… We’re thinking of starting in early spring now.

Honestly, I think if they axed this stupid planned structure of mixing movies with TV series. Make several movies, or make a TV series. One or the other.

Oh, what of Javier Bardem. He’s been said to be the top choice for the gunslinger. Howard gave an update on this too, saying:

I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.

I don’t know why they like Bardem so much. Yea, he’s a fine actor and all, but he’s not what most would envision for the role. Nerd consensus leads towards Timothy Olyphant. Shit kid, have you seen him in ‘Justified’. He’s the epitome of the gunslinger.

Anyway, when I see that budget cuts have been made and look at some of the creative talent involved (Ron Howard is not that good), I’m inclined to think TV or film adaptations are less and less likely to happen. And, if they do, they’re are most certainly gonna suck. Dark Tower is epic and it needs to be treated as such. Universal is sitting on a potential gold mine. They’re fucking it up already.

 

 

Deadline reported last night that Javier Bardem is “closing” a deal with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer to star as Roland Deschain in Howard’s massive cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower.

The No Country for Old Men Oscar-winner was offered the role officially by Howard (who has been very publicly pursuing him for the role for quite some time) in January, rising above other contenders like Viggo Mortensen (who has probably had his share of epic film roles that take years to complete). Now it seems he’s on the verge of becoming King’s legendary gunslinger, who travels across hundreds of miles and between dimensions in an effort to save the fabled Dark Tower, the nexus of King’s fictional universe.

If he takes the role, Bardem is signing on for one of the most ambitious projects ever, an adaptation of a 7-book series into a trilogy of films bridged by two limited TV series runs. Howard will direct both the first film and the first season of television (at least), and Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) is signed on to write the first film and the first season. King himself will co-produced.

This is the kind of project that just makes you sit back, fold your arms and wonder if they can actually pull it off. It’s like watching a guy in a tank of water trying to escape from chains. It seems insurmountable. The creative team is sound, a host of film industry titans, and Bardem himself is among the most versatile and commanding actors in a generation, so there’s a good chance this could not only happen, but produce greatness. Howard hopes to start production on this behemoth in the fall. Let’s see if he can get this off the ground, and if Bardem can bring King’s Arthurian hero to life.

 

Bardem Offerred Role and More Dark Tower News

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It is official, Ron Howard may have found his main character for The Dark Tower movies and TV Series.

According to Dateline, actor Javier Bardem (who was recently nominated for an Academy Award) has officially been offered the role. However, it is important to note that negotiations have not yet begun, so there is still a chance that he may not take the job. The role would be a multi-year commitment to appear in three movies and two seasons of a television show, most likely done as a mini-series. So, it is an extremely large commitment to undertake.

Earlier today, it was rumored that Christian Bale was up for the role, alongside the forever rumored Viggo Mortensen. I can see any of the three actors excelling in the role of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger in a world that has “moved on.”

All rumors for the series have been around Roland, and no other characters have been mentioned, such as Jake (a kid pulled into Roland’s quest), Eddie (a recovering drug addict who becomes a gunslinger in his own right), and Susannah (an enigmatic woman with a deadly secret).

Rumors surfaced today that Jennifer Carpenter (Deb in Dexter) is in contention for the role of Susannah. Seeing how this project would consume numerous years, I doubt Carpenter will take part if she is still under contract for Dexter.

Do you think Bardem can pull of the role of Deschain? What about Carpenter as Susannah?

Ron Howard talks MORE about The Dark Tower

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As most of the readers here know, I am a huge fan of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series of books and I not only have all the books, but have also read them numerous times.

So, when news broke about Ron Howard turning the books into an extremely complex project, I was beyond excited!

The plan, for those of you completely in the dark is this – A theatrical feature, directed by Howard, followed by a season of TV episodes that Fall, also directed by Howard. That season will then transition into the second feature film, followed by a second season of TV episodes will follow up that film, but this time focusing on the lead character, Roland Deschain, as “a young gunslinger” (the story behind which will be informed by Stephen King’s prequel comic books). Lastly, a final film will round out the series, returning to the aged Deschain as he completes his journey.

The first part in this ambitious project is set to be released on May 17, 2013.

I posted some news here exactly one week ago, and lo and behold, new news has come to light one again thank to our lovely friends at GeekTyrant:

On the tone of the film:

Filmically, there are tones in this that I have never used before, tones of fantasy menace and elements of horror and real fear. And there’s the burden, on the characters, of this journey that is really palpable. That’s what we need to get on the screen. I think there’s something about [the Frank Darabont films] ‘Green Mile’ or a ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ the complexity and the ballast of them, those are two [of the Stephen King adaptations] where you do get the horror and suspense that’s there on the page. We’re charging ourselves with the responsibility of getting a real understanding of the material and utilizing many of the best aspects of the books and graphic novels.

On Howards dedication to the project:

I really can’t stop thinking about it. We’ve been meeting and talking and I’ve been reading and researching and just kind of living with it. I’ve been constantly going through stuff and I’ve just been re-listening to it [on audio books] on my iPod and we’ve been sending e-mails back and forth, ‘What about this approach? What do you think of this idea?’ We’re finding the shape of it. We’re moving quickly now, as quickly as we can, and I feel challenged in the most exciting ways.”

On casting:

He nodded in a conversation with The Los Angeles Times when names like Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned. He then went on to say, “Sure, those are some names and on ‘The Dark Tower’ fansites they’re all about Viggo [Mortensen]”

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Seeing as The Dark Tower book series is one of my favorites, ever since news broke about its unprecedented development … I’ve been chomping at the bit for any new information.

Thankfully, Deadline caught up with Actor/Director/Producer Ron Howard about the project.

“It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on,” Howard said. “It’s dense, a great author’s life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I’ve begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that’s a good sign.”

The process will start with a large theatrical feature, directed by Howard, followed by a season of TV episodes beginning that Fall, also directed by Howard. That season will then transition into the second feature film. Once that is released, a second season of TV episodes will again follow up that film, but this time focusing on the lead character, Roland Deschain, as “a young gunslinger” (the story behind which will be informed by Stephen King’s prequel comic books). Lastly, a final film will round out the series, returning to the aged Deschain as he completes his journey.

The first movie in this amazing chain of events is set to be released on May 17, 2013.

The Dark Tower Is Finally Coming To Life!

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This is probably the greatest piece of news of the day. Wait, the week. No, the MONTH!

Stephen King‘s epic seven book series of The Dark Tower is apparently finally coming to the big screen in a very Lord of the Rings like treatment. There are going to be three movies over three successive summers.

And to fill in the year long gaps between the movies? A friggin television show!

Yes, you heard right, The Dark Tower is going to be both a television show and a series of movies. Let me explain.

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