The Dark Tower was on, then off and now its on again, however there does seem to be some issues getting the project off the ground. It would seem the main issue is cost, however Howard does seem very keen to get this done. The plan is to release the feature film followed by a TV series which would run for around six hours. Javier Bardem is set to play the lead character in Howards adaptations of Stephen Kings popular story. Bardem will play gunslinger Roland Deschain who roams the Old-West in search of a dark tower which may help to preserve his dying world. Big on scope and big on ideas, Howard had this to say to Entertainment Weekly about the constant delays:
“We had to pull back our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward,” Howard said. “We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.“
And when asked to explain the need for a TV series, Howard continued: “There are elements of the Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television. TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way.“
Currently IMDB has a release date for May 17th 2013, so we have a LONG wait ahead of us, but, it should be worth it!
By Matt Wavish