Ron Howard Sets Sights on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower?

Ron Howard Sets Sights on Stephen King's The Dark Tower?When last we spoke about an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, JJ Abrams and company had bailed on the on-again/off-again project. Now, however, some really interesting news has broken. Apparently Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment, and Weed Road are deep in discussions to get the ball rolling on a big-screen trilogy and TV series out of King’s beloved series!

Even more interesting? According to said discussions, Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, I Am Legend) will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and Howard and Brian Grazer will produce!

From Deadline New York:

“The Dark Tower is King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the author will get his own screen trilogy. Like Tolkien, King’s epic novel series is set in an otherworldly but familiar world and involves a quest to save the world. The series spanned seven novels that involved Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way as the world crumbles around him.

The book series was once developed by JJ Abrams and his Lost cohorts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but they never cracked it. Goldsman, who has become a prolific producer, was the catalyst for securing the rights from King, and he brought it to Howard and Grazer. It was not immediately evident how large the transaction was, but King has often optioned his works for little or no money upfront, and reportedly he bestowed the rights on Abrams for $19, a number which has significance in the novel series. King is working on an eighth novel, one that doesn’t change the ending, but deals with characters and a storyline that falls midway in the series.”

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  • hegemon13

    A trilogy isn’t enough. No way, no how. In fact, I can’t imagine that a movie for each book would be enough. The Wastelands, Wolves of the Calla, and The Dark Tower were huge books. The Gunslinger, while not huge in page count, was very dense.

    I think a high-budget TV series OR a series of 8-hour miniseries is the only way to go. The mini-series “events” have a better chance of drawing the ratings required to make it through the whole series, in my opinion.

    Ron Howard will destroy this. Yes, Apollo 13 was good, but a polar opposite in terms of the type of movie. His small, subtle, restrained movies have been good. His epic and/or fantasy movies have been dismal failures.

    • Floydian Trip

      I think A Beautiful Mind and Cocoon are also excellent movies and Splash pretty much launched Tom Hank’s film career though I doubt anyone in this crowd would be considered the target audience for that one.

      Anyway, I don’t think The Dark Tower would be that successful and really the only guys with an imagination that matches the books genious to me would be PJ or Guillermo.

      • Didn’t See It Coming

        A Beautiful Mind is a good movie sure, but nothing about that movie has anything remotely signature about it. The script was good, the acting was good. Ron Howard has absolutely NO vision, which is what makes a great director actually great. Splash was really good but again, it’s workman like. The movie would have been just as good if another competent director had been at the wheel. Cocoon? Eh.

        • Floydian Trip

          OK, maybe not great but he’s good. I’d rather watch a Ron Howard movie than anything directed by Ti West ever again. 2 bad movies from that guy in the same night were enough to last me the rest of my life.

  • Floydian Trip

    Ron Howard is a great director. Apollo 13? The DaVinci Code was a boring book. Never cared about the movie. Regardless I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again The Dark Tower needs to be animated or else filmed Cameron style.

    • Didn’t See It Coming

      No he really isn’t. He’s a glorified hack who keeps good company. The Da Vinci code is anything but boring. Maybe you couldn’t keep up?

      • Floydian Trip

        I couldn’t stay awake that was my problem. Dan Brown doesn’t do anything for me.

  • Vanvance1

    I am in completer agreement with the previous comments.

    Howard is one of the worst directors working today and Goldsman is his equal in the writing department. That was NOT ‘I Am Legend’ and the movie demands an apology and a refund.

  • Didn’t See It Coming

    No matter the story, Ron Howard is a terrible choice to pretty much direct anything. He couldn’t even make The DaVinci Code into a thrilling adventure. He turned a book, which already had tons of exposition, but was still fun and exciting, into a dull bore of a movie with Tom Hanks’s worst performance ever.

  • Cash Bailey

    It can’t be done. Especially not by that hack cocksucker Akiva Goldsman.

    Okay, you MIGHT be able to make a workable film trilogy out of the first three books. But after that… forget it.

    The complexity of putting this story on screen makes LORD OF THE RINGS look like MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.