THE DARK TOWER Crumbles as Warner Bros. Passes [UPDATE: MRC in Talks to Finance the Project]

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It was a little more than two weeks ago that we brought you the sobering news that Imagine’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series had a go/no-go deadline looming.  That deadline has now come and gone and it looks as if Warner Bros. has passed.  This comes as yet another setback to the project, which has seen its share of woes: being let go by Universal, several budgetary concerns and difficulty landing a lead.  The latest iteration of the script from Akiva Goldsman had Russell Crowe showing an interest if the project were to be greenlit.  Sadly, that did not happen at Warner Bros.  But there may yet be hope for Roland Deschain and director/producer Ron Howard.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Deadline reports that Media Rights Capital is in "serious talks" to finance the project, in part because MRC executive Modi Wiczyk is apparently a big fan of the books.  The original story follows after the jump.]

stephen-king-the-dark-towerVariety reports that, although Warner Bros. may have passed, Imagine Entertainment is free to shop the project around to other studios.  Many believed that WB was the best shot at so ambitious a project (the nine-volume series would have encompassed three films and two TV series, the latter most likely being handled by HBO).  This is an unfortunate turn of events for fans of the series and for fans of epic stories brought to the big screen.  A project this ambitious carries a high risk with no guaranteed reward, an equation that no major studio (or business, for that matter) seems willing to chance these days.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Dark Tower storyline (I’d suggest reading the books, since it doesn’t look like this will be coming to big or small screens any time soon), here’s a synopsis of the first book (via Amazon):

The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond…the Dark Tower.

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  • Sugreev2001

    This is good news.Anything Akiva Goldsman touches,turns to crap.That man is a piss poor scriptwriter and I have no idea why he still gets work.He has legions of haters and many critics who think his Oscar for A Beautiful Mind was the work of studio politics.

  • ScaredForMovies

    Talk about a cursed production. I just don’t understand why the budget for these movies would be so high. It’s a straight up western for quite a while before it starts to dip into the fantastical(Robots, Apocalyptical wastelands,etc.). Even then it jumps mostly to the modern world. I hope it’s not a case of Jack & Jill syndrome. Which is make a crap movie for cheap and then ponzi the money out to all your buddies. Which turns a $10-20 million dollar budget into an $80 million dollar budget. They need to re-think it and go the Lord of the Rings route. I’d lean towards 3 to 5 movies each 3 hours long. You would have to cut some stuff out and streamline it but it could work if you cared enough about the source material. Then again what do I know, I’m just some guy.

  • will

    I want to see these movies, but not with Goldsman and Howard. They’re not the right writer/director team for this kind of material. They belong making Oscar bait, like A Beautiful Mind. Their big-budget Dan Brown movies fell on their asses creatively. You need an auteur on the creative brain level of Peter Jackson for something like this.

    • Kenny B

      The sequels would have had huge, “dreamy” set pieces,

  • Slice

    Get HBO to make a ten part series. Otherwise you end up with a gutted piece of studio crap written by the guy who gave us Batman and Robin.

  • Anonymous

    Yay!!! Tis a good day indeed!!!

  • Roland

    Hey how about this: Bryan Cranston as Roland. I think he could do an amazing job.

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