The lengthy and drama-filled development of The Dark Tower will make for a damn fine book one day. A feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s book series has been in the works for years, and most recently director Ron Howard has been working with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to get the project to the screen. There have been plenty of ups, downs, and exciting possibilities along the way, with the duo floating a three-film adaptation that would be bridged by two TV miniseries seasons. The last we heard on the project was that Warner Bros. had passed but MRC might be looking to pick up the rights. That was over a year ago.
Now Ron Howard has given a public update on the adaptation, confirming that it is indeed still alive and kicking. However, after the media whirlwind that surrounded the first go of development, he and Goldsman have agreed to go on radio silence about the pic’s progress. Hit the jump for more.
Speaking with Empire Podcast, Howard revealed that while development continues on The Dark Tower, we won’t be hearing any news about the project for some time:
“The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. 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.”
There was indeed a great deal of interest in the project on behalf of the fans, but it’s probably easier on Howard and Goldsman if they just keep quiet on the project until there’s something solid and official to announce. The director went on to talk about his fondness for the source material and his passion to turn it into a movie:
“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 that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.”
Howard added that the pic continues to move forward slowly but surely, it’s just been delayed:
“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.”