Some sad news has arrived regarding Imagine Entertainments massive adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. For those who have not been following, the huge project is expected to be turned into a trilogy of films and also a number of TV series that will be handled by HBO. However, with one major studio pulling out last year, it looked as though the project was doomed. Director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer never gave up, and Warner Brothers came to the rescue earlier this year with plans to hopefully help finance the project.
Their conditions were that the film be reduced, and a new script written to hopefully reflect a less costly project. Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) was drafted in to re-write the first instalment of the trilogy, and this has been handed to Warner Brothers and they said they would make their decision in two weeks. True to their word they did make that decision, and sadly the studio has pulled out. Now, with Warners being a major studio willing to take risks and helping get a number of films made that other studios would not touch, this has come as a major set back for the film.
However, there is hope yet for the tale of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Earlier today it was announced that Media Rights Capital were in serious talks to take on The Dark Tower, and it has also been said that the company’s Modi Wiczyk is a big fan of the Stephen King novel series. While no one from Media Rights Capital were available to comment, it is thought that should it go through, the deal will happen quickly. MRC are currently enjoying the success of their summer surprise hit Ted, and also have Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 follow up, Elysium on the way, so they have the money to back The Dark Tower project.
Ron Howard is set to direct the first film, with Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman and Stephen King himself set to produce. Russell Crowe was also recently announced as being the new number one choice to play Deschain instead of the originally cast Javier Bardem. It has also been said that MRC have a distribution deal with Universal, however it is unclear whether that deal would stretch to The Dark Tower since Universal were the first company to pull out of the idea last year.
The Dark Tower centres on, “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.”
By Matt Wavish