Back in 2011, Universal Pictures denied the possibility of turning Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series into a trilogy of feature films and two limited run TV series. According to Deadline, the film is now said to have landed in the hands of Warner Bros and is set to continue production.
The change of hands was due to the film’s budget, which exceeded Universal Pictures’ comfort zone. Akiva Goldsman, the screenplay writer for the project, edited the script and cut $45 million out of the expected budget.
Brian Grazer, a producer behind the project, told MTV during an interview, “When people say no to you enough, then you have to lose money, which we’ve done without harming the scope of the film.” He then discussed the television series, “We’ll do the TV with HBO, and we’ll do the movie with… to be determined. We’ll do it right.”
Ron Howard is scheduled to fill the role of director. If the project were completed – all three films and the two television series – it would be the most ambitious undertaking since Peter Jackson consecutively filmed The Lord of the Rings movies. Good luck, Howard.
Roland Deschain, the infamous Gunslinger star of The Dark Tower novels, will be played by Javier Bardem. Anyone who has seen No Country for Old Men will know why this actor is perfect for filling the shoes of Roland Deschain. However, as stated on Deadline, “Bardem’s participation would depend upon his availability, but he was firmly attached when the project was at Universal.”
Filming is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2013. Expect The Dark Tower Halloween costumes soon after.