We're still bummed about Universal pulling the plug on Ron Howard's really ambitious take on adapting the much beloved Stephen King saga The Dark Tower. Are we surprised though? Not really. Another person who saw this coming was King himself. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, King offered the following comments on the film's demise:
With all the Comic-Con news filling up our home page, you'd think there's nothing else going on in the world of genre filmmaking, but of course there is, and we're doing our best to bring you all the news that's out there -- even if it's as depressing as this latest story.
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.
It should come as no surprise to Ron Howard that no matter what he's trying to talk about, all anyone else wants to discuss is the status of his film/TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Such was the case when he got on the phone with EW.com recently. Read on for what the director had to say about the project's current status.
Well now. This is good news. A few days ago it was reported that Universal was on shaky ground in terms of getting the multiple TV and theatrical adaptations of Stephen King's The Dark Tower built the way it was envisioned by director Ron Howard. Today their tune has changed. A bit.
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:
After what has felt like years of planning and months of negotiations Ron Howard's big and small screen adaptations of Stephen King's The Dark Tower saga officially have their gunslinger Roland Deschain. Let the games begin!
The herculean task of bringing Stephen King's epic tale of The Gunslinger in The Dark Tower is well under way, and some news has just surfaced regarding the television aspect of the endeavor. Dig it!
It looks as if the character of the gunslinger, Roland Deschain, is very close to having a real life counterpart in Ron Howard's big screen adaptation of the much beloved Stephen King series The Dark Tower.
Though no official lead for Ron Howard's adaptation of the Stephen King tale The Dark Tower has been announced, at least one possible candidate is in the right mindset. Whatever that means.
Javier Bardem is having one helluva week! Along with being nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Biutiful and becoming a new dad to a bouncing baby boy (mom is Penelope Cruz), he's been named as the number one pick to portray gunslinger Roland Deschain in Ron Howard's The Dark Tower with an offer officially being made by director Howard and Universal Pictures.
Though he's met with some HEAVY competition for the role, it looks as if The Dark Knight is the new front-runner for The Dark Tower. A good choice if you ask us.
Any director taking on the Herculean task of adapting Stephen King's much beloved Dark Tower series no doubt will have his work cut out for him. Good thing we have a talent like Ron Howard behind the project.
Man, it sure would be nice to have some solid Dark Tower casting news to share with you guys instead of all the rumors and possibilities we've been given lately. In any event, here's one more: "Pirates of the Caribbean beauty Naomie Harris is being considered for the female lead."
It's great to see a Stephen King property getting so much attention in tinsel town! There's no doubt Ron Howard's adaptation of King's epic horror/fantasy/western series Dark Tower is on everyone's lips, and the list of potential stars is growing faster than anyone could have expected!