With Ron Howard’s herculean Dark Tower project on hold for now, fans can’t help but lose faith in what should be an epic adaptation of one of Stephen King’s greatest works. Good thing for us Ron Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer are ready with updates when we need them the most.
The duo recently sat down with Deadline in celebration of Imagine Entertainment’s silver anniversary and offered the following update to hopeful fans …
“If you’re not out there taking some risks, if you’re just coasting along with your wins, then you’re not really trying,” Howard told Deadline. “But we never take risk for risk’s sake. The Dark Tower seemed like such a good idea to both of us that it became impossible not to try it. It’s impossible to live with ourselves if we don’t take the swing.”
“We could have tried to force all of it into one or two or three movies. It became clear to me that the medium of TV has become so bold and cool, we could use it to our advantage creatively and really fulfill the possibilities of this universe of characters King gave us to work with. We can use the intimacy of television when that’s appropriate, and the scope and scale of the big screen with the bigger fantasy ideas. We discovered elements that would probably never have a home either on the big screen or on TV, but would make fantastic narrative gaming opportunities that won’t rehash the movies or TV, but have its own material borne out of the books and graphic novels.”
From there Grazer spoke about the budget concerns – “I’m producing it with Akiva Goldsman, who wrote it to be sensitive to cost and is rewriting it to be more so. Without putting a number on it, the cuts aren’t that deep or that radical.”
On keeping star Javier Bardem attached to the film while the details get worked out – “Nobody is pay or play but he has said he wants to do it,” says Howard. “We’ve spent a lot of time together. He’s fascinated by the character and has great instincts for Roland. I’m hoping when we go, he’s available and will join us.”
Nothing really concrete, but we’ll take what we can get. Stay tuned.
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