It’s been a few years now that we’ve been hearing rumors about Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Stephen King series The Dark Tower, a project that has been on-again, off-again so many times that we’re not even sure what’s happening with it anymore.
Today comes a little bit of clarification, from Howard himself.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Howard talked about the current state of the project and provided reasons for the delay in getting it in front of the cameras. “The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on,” said Howard. “We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.”
Howard delved deeper into the issues with bringing the epic story to the screen…
“It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility, and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.
“So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.”
Sounds like we’ve still got a long wait ahead of us, but it’s good to know the wheels haven’t stopped turning!
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