Ron Howard Sheds More Light on The Dark Tower

You know what a good feeling is? It’s getting to do news stories about an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and have it not be a bunch of bullshit or hyperbole.

Ron Howard Sheds More Light on The Dark TowerIn a recent LA Times interview with director Ron Howard, the man himself had lots to say about the work he has cut out for himself.

“I really can’t stop thinking about it,” Howard tells the Times. “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.”

Howard went on to say that he spent a year developing this massive endeavor with partners Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer before taking it to author Stephen King.

“We worked on it for a year before we even met with him. It was all about putting something together that was good enough and getting such an understanding of the material that Stephen King would say, ‘Yes, that’s the way into this story.'”

As for the main character Howard offered the following, “It’s one of the things that really fascinated me about the challenge. We love Roland the Gunslinger, but we also like coming back to these worlds and these places. On one hand it is grounded and relatable, but on the other hand it’s scary and strange and mind-blowing. There’s this dream quality to it and the mystery in that is what it’s all about – being compelled forward without all the answers.”

In terms of who could play him? Names like Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, and Jon Hamm are all being tossed around with the fansites’ number one choice apparently being Viggo Mortensen.

More soon!

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