We’ve been talking about a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for quite some time now, but after Ron Howard announced that the folks involved took “a vow of silence” about its progress, they did just that and we hadn’t heard anything about it since. However, that all changed just a few weeks ago when Aaron Paul said that he’s sat down with Howard to discuss playing Eddie Dean in the film. The thing is, Paul dubbed this meeting a “general sit down,” which in no way means he was offered a role in the film and the Dark Tower producer, Akiva Goldsman, just confirmed it. Hit the jump for more.
While out promoting his directorial debut, Winter’s Tale, Collider got the chance to talk to Goldsman about the status of the project. When we asked him if the film really is finally moving forward, he explained:
“It’s not officially back on and we will never let it go – until Stephen takes it away from us. [Laughs]”
Considering the project isn’t officially back on, you’ve got to wonder, how much weight does that meeting between Paul and Howard really have right now? When asked if the filmmakers are currently making casting decisions, Goldsman gave us a firm no, but laughed and noted:
“No, but I love reading about it!”
Clearly both Howard and Goldsman are adamant about making this one happen, but it also seems highly unlikely that it’ll happen anytime soon, especially considering Howard is currently in post-production on Heart of the Sea and is expected to have an adaptation of Inferno lined up next. And Goldsman’s a busy guy himself. Not only is he penning the sequel to Divergent, Insurgent, but he’s also got a slew of other projects on his to-do list, a number of which could be closer to a green light.
Catch Goldsman talking about The Dark Tower in the video below and keep an eye out for our full interview with the writer-director-producer dropping just ahead of the Winter’s Tale release this week.