The Dark Tower Too High to Climb for Universal?

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The challenge of bringing Stephen King’s epic tale of gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower is nothing short of a monumental task. Herculean even. With movies and TV shows promised, Universal is feeling some of the heat.

As per Variety:

The Dark Tower Too High to Climb for Universal?Universal’s unprecedented “Dark Tower” movie trilogy and interlocking TV series, seen as a hugely ambitious project from the start, may wind up being too big for the studio’s appetite.

Sources tell Variety that in the last couple of days, the project, based on Stephen King’s sweeping seven-book-and-counting series, has run into budgetary complications that have caused Universal execs to rethink their original plans. Insiders expect U brass to meet in coming days to decide whether to put the project into turnaround, whereby producer Imagine Entertainment could shop it to other studios, either to partner with Universal or take over entirely.

To be clear: Sources tell Variety that right now, Universal is moving ahead and is anxious to get the project up and going. The studio had no comment.

Ron Howard unveiled plans in September to adapt The Dark Tower for three films, the first of which he plans to direct, bridged by a pair of TV series. Universal soon came on as a distributor, given Imagine’s production deal with the studio; NBC (or an affiliated cable net) was expected carry the TV component.

Javier Bardem’s (pictured right) deal to play the lead role of Roland Deschain is nearly closed, while Howard is still eyeing thesps for other roles. Howard and Brian Grazer are producing through Imagine, while Akiva Goldsman is set to write the script.

We’ll keep an eye on how this all shakes out. Stay tuned.

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  • ChaosWeaver

    As long as this doesn’t turn into Ghostbusters III or Duke Nukem Forever, I am eagerly anticipating this.

  • David

    Someone at the studio got cold feet when they read the part where Roland goes to Maine and meets Stephen King. By the way, if that part ever gets filmed, I vote for Bill Hader in the role of the van addled author.