Stephen King writes long books. You know what would be longer than one of his books? A book about the attempt to get a movie made based on King’s “The Dark Tower.”
The latest–Deadline reports that Warner Brothers has decided not to go forward with Ron Howard’s adaptation of the sprawling series of novels, a plan that included three feature films and two TV miniseries, with Russell Crowe hopefully starring in at least some of those. Universal had originally developed the project, then backed off. WB looked at a revised script by longtime Howard collaborator Akiva Goldsman and decided it still wasn’t feasible. WB is purportedly looking for another franchise to replace Harry Potter and the Dark Knight, but didn’t think was worth the investment. King disagrees, telling Deadline: ““The Dark Tower, to me, and I’m not unbiased because I’m the writer on this thing, but to me it looks like gold on the ground waiting to be picked up.”
Well, look, Media Rights Capital (MRC) might be ready to pick up that gold. MRC produced this summer’s sleeper hit “Ted” and has Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” coming out next spring. They have money to spend and apparently MRC exec Modi Wiczyk loves the King book series. MRC has a distribution deal with Universal, but it’s unclear if Universal, who ran from this project last year, would be in on it now.
“The Dark Tower” has been described as an epic saga about Roland Deschain, a gunslinger battling through a magical world with an Old West bent to reach the titular tower which is mankind’s last hope. The vision for the film is supposed to be “Lord of the Rings” meets classic western. Considering how well classic western mixed with aliens in “Cowboys & Aliens,” that might not be the most attractive description to studios.
Let’s hang on and see what happens again in this long-running epic saga story.