Ron Howard Says THE DARK TOWER Still in Development; No Longer Commenting on Film’s Progress or Timetable

     September 17, 2013


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.

the-dark-tower-movieSpeaking 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.”

Howard’s latest film, Rush, opens in theaters on September 27th and he’s currently gearing up to start production on his next project, In the Heart of the Sea, in the next few weeks.



    Hand the project over to someone who can get it done. Howard is gearing up to make his next film and he doesn’t even have solid word on when they can start PRE-production? C’mon.

  • JC2284

    I hope this project finally gets off the ground and please get Hugh Jackman as Roland Deschain, he would make a fine choice.

  • hvuhvgvt

    I picture Anson Mount from Hell on wheels as Roland when I’m reading the dark towers series.

  • TrekBeatTK

    the most important question: will Stephen King appear as himself?

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  • Cog

    That Bardem guy…No way Roland. Like Depp was not Tonto.

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  • FoonZeeS

    I disliked Opie and Goldman being involved from the start. I just don’t have faith in them to bring my favorite story to the big screen in a way that doesn’t trample all over what King wrote (though King did that himself with the last three books).

    Every time I see Opie take on another movie it makes me angry that he keeps putting off The Tower. But at the same time I’m happy because it means he’s not going forward with The Tower.

    Opie hasn’t made an epic movie since Willow. And that was back in 1988. I don’t have faith he can do it now.

    And forget about Akiva Goldsman coming up with a script worthy of The Tower. This is the same guy that wrote Batman & Robin, I, Robot, I Am Legend, Lost in Space and Batman Forever. There’s only a sliver of hope in the fact he did Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind, but those two aren’t enough to sweep his other crap under the rug.

    And in all honesty I can’t see how The Tower can even be put to film. There’s just too much information and it would take too long to get everything done. You’d have to cast a different person for Jake for each thing otherwise he’d age too much and ruin the whole thing.

    Sorry, rambling done.

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