Stephen King's The Dark Tower comes back to life at Sony

News Simon Brew
13 Apr 2015 - 06:05

Nearly three years after the project seemingly died, the screen adaptation of The Dark Tower is back on...

BIG UPDATE: Now here's a turn up. The screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower was presumed dead when, back in July 2012, Warner Bros became the latest studio to pass on the project. Universal had previously developed it, and then walked away.

The problem has been the sheer scale of it. The plan is for The Dark Tower to span both movies and TV series, and it would be fair to describe the venture as 'not cheap'. Ron Howard had been set to direct the first film at one stage.

Out of the blue, then, The Dark Tower is back on. Sony and MRC have resurrected the project, and Deadline reports that The Gunslinger is set to be the first movie. Akiva Goldsman had penned the last draft of the screenplay that we know of.

The project is apparently being fast-tracked, and the plan remains for a TV series to be developed in conjunction with the movies. Said Stephen King, "I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen. Those who have travelled with Roland [Deschain] and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realised. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books".

There's no casting news as of yet, but we'll keep you posted of course.

Here's our original story from August 2012...

Few major projects of recent times have sounded quite so ambitious as the plans to bring Stephen King's The Dark Tower to the screen. Developed in conjunction with Universal for a while, the idea is for a trilogy of movies, and then a tie-in television show, all of which would share the same cast. That's something never attempted before, and sadly, the chances are it might never happen at all.

Universal eventually walked away from The Dark Tower last year, in spite of the involvement of Ron Howard (who was set to direct at least the first movie). However, it was always clear that another studio could take on the project if it wanted, and as such, The Dark Tower ended up at the door of Warner Bros.

Sadly, Variety now reports that Warner Bros too has elected not to back The Dark Tower, and it's hard now to think of too many studios who would. Warner Bros is the one that perhaps seemed most likely to back such a major project, but now that it has a trio of Hobbit movies to work with, perhaps that, and the cost of making The Dark Tower, led to its decision. A TV show and three films is hardly a small commitment, to be fair to it.

The project isn't dead as it stands, but it needs another studio, or cash-rich production company, to come in and invest if there's any chance of keeping it going. Right now, in its current form at least, it's not looking too positive.


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