The Dark Tower crumbles underneath Ron Howard’s feet

The writing has been on the wall for some time, but Universal Pictures has officially bailed on Ron Howard‘s ambitious project The Dark Tower.

According to Deadline, Universal balked at Howard’s plan to turn Stephen King’s epic seven-book series The Dark Tower into a trilogy of films and two limited run TV series.

The script for the first film had already been written by frequent Howard collaborator Akiva Goldsman, who was also set to produce alongside Brian Grazer and King.

Javier Bardem had also been cast as gungslinging protagonist Roland Deschain in the fantasy-western.

Production on the first film was set to begin a few months ago, but Universal postponed the project and insisted the budget be slashed. The studio’s unwillingness to commit beyond a single feature was another sign that they would not be in for the long haul.

Universal similarly pulled the plug on Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness earlier in the year. So basically, if you have a big expensive movie franchise you’re looking to kick off, find another studio.

It is unknown if Howard and co. will do just that, and take the project somewhere else, or if they will abandon it completely. In the meantime…

Discuss: R.I.P. The Dark Tower.

One Response to “The Dark Tower crumbles underneath Ron Howard’s feet”

  1. I would love to see The Dark Tower made into a movie franchise, but I was dreading seeing it be done by Ron Howard, considering he’s ruined every other book he’s tried to adapt. Hopefully he’ll give it to someone else now.

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