As much as fans of Steven King’s “The Dark Tower” may want to see this project happen, there are yet again some more roadblocks getting in the way. After an original attempt to get the popular work on the big screen years ago, Ron Howard had taken over the project alongside writer Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”) and had an ambitious plan to craft both a movie trilogy and a TV series based on the property.
Unfortunately, it looks like yet again this “Tower” is going to be looking for a home. Universal has ultimately decided not to pick up the project after months of uncertainty, which now means that its future is in a little bit of a precarious position. They are going to have to hope that another studio will be interested in picking up the franchise — for now, Warner Bros. seems like a solid candidate since the “Harry Potter” franchise just ended and “The Dark Knight Rises” is set to close the book on that project.
Initial reports were that Howard wanted $200 million in order to finance the first movie and first season of the TV series, and that he had Javier Bardem on board to star in the western / fantasy hybrid. The problem? It was just too big of a risk for the studio to take on a franchise that in many ways does not have a widespread audience.
Do you want to see this project still come to fruition?