Is Warner Brothers the Next Studio to Climb The Dark Tower?
After Universal passed on moving forward with the planned three-film, two-TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic tale The Dark Tower, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer pledged to keep the project going, and it looks like they just might... with Warner Bros.
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is now very close to a deal that will give Ron Howard the chance to direct at least the first feature, potentially with Javier Bardem starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain. And Akiva Goldsman (who wrote the script) would produce with Brian Grazer and the author.
Basically the studio bought Goldsman’s script and are paying him to do a polish. Howard remains attached to direct, likely in the first quarter of 2013, the co-production between Goldsman’s Weed Road and Howard and Grazer’s Imagine. Bardem’s participation would depend upon his availability, but he was firmly attached when the project was at Universal.
With regard to the TV element, Grazer said in a previous interview that component would move to HBO, and an arrangement with them (they are Warner's sister studio) makes a lot of sense.
The Dark Tower is about the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers with Deschain becoming humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower. Along the way he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an Old West feel.
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