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The Dark Tower to Become a Film Trilogy and TV Series

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Sep 9th, 2010

Based on Stephen King's series of novels

Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley—along with Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC & Universal Media Studios—today announced that Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have acquired the rights to produce three films and a television series based on the seven epic novels, short stories and comic books from Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

Ron Howard will direct the first film and the first season of television, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman will produce the film through his Weed Road Pictures with Howard and Grazer for Imagine Entertainment. Howard, Grazer and Goldsman will executive produce the television series for Universal Media Studios. Kerry Foster will executive produce the first film for Weed Road Pictures along with Todd Hallowell and Erica Huggins for Imagine Entertainment.

"I've been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world," said King. "Ron, Akiva, Brian along with Universal and NBC have a deep interest and passion for the 'The Dark Tower' series and I know that will translate into an intriguing series of films and TV shows that respect the origins and the characters in 'The Dark Tower' that fans have come to love."

"The Dark Tower" is Stephen King's opus of seven bestselling novels with, to date, more than 30 million copies sold in 40 countries. The novels incorporate themes from multiple genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror and adventure. After the series was completed, a prequel of comic books based on one of the characters was also published.

"Building a franchise home for 'The Dark Tower' is an exciting opportunity for this studio, and we're thrilled that Stephen has entrusted us to bring his beloved novels to the big screen," said Fogelson.

"Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller who creates imaginary worlds that resonate with the broadest audiences across ages and demographics," said Gaspin. "We are thrilled to partner with our colleagues in the film division and Brian, Ron and Akiva to bring Stephen's vision to the largest audience possible through this innovative multi-platform collaboration."

Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are planning for the first film in the trilogy to be immediately followed by a television series that will bridge the second film. After the second film, the television series will pick up allowing viewers to explore the adventures of the protagonist as a young man as a bridge to the third film and beyond.

"We are excited to have found partners at Universal who understand and embrace our approach to King's remarkable epic," said Howard. "By using both the scope and scale of theatrical filmmaking and the intimacy of television we hope to more comprehensively do justice to the characters, themes and amazing sequences King has given us in 'The Dark Tower' novels. It might be the challenge of a lifetime but clearly a thrilling one to take on and explore."

"The worlds of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series are richly detailed, inter-locking and deeply connected," said Goldsman. "By telling this story across media platforms and over multiple hours—and with a view to telling it completely—we have our best chance of translating Roland's quest to reach 'The Dark Tower' onto screen. We are proceeding with tremendous excitement, fidelity to the source material and, quite frankly, no small amount of awe at this opportunity."

"King has created the most visually enthralling places and characters in 'The Dark Tower,'" said Grazer. "The synergy created across all the media divisions of our partners at NBC Universal to tell this remarkable story is ground-breaking and invigorating. This project will be one of the most exciting and challenging that I will have ever worked on and I am thrilled to be a part of it."


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:16 am 
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i can't wait for this i loved the books and the comics the show is gonna be awesome as long as they cast it right

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:49 am 
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The Dark Tower Casting Buzz

Who might play Roland Deschain?

December 17, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

Director Ron Howard has acknowledged some of the actors being considered to play the lead role of gunslinger Roland Deschain in the filmmaker's planned epic feature film/TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

In a chat with The Los Angeles Times about the project, "Howard didn't dodge the topic [of casting Roland] and nodded when names such as Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned."

Howard told the paper, "Sure, those are some names and on 'The Dark Tower' fansites they're all about Viggo [Mortensen]."

"We love Roland the Gunslinger but we also like coming back to these worlds and these places. On one hand it is grounded and relatable but on the other hand it's scary and strange and mind-blowing," said Howard. "There's this dream quality to it and the mystery in that is what it's all about – being compelled forward without all the answers."

Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazer will adapt The Dark Tower, with King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road simultaneously developing the property as a TV series. The first season of the TV series is designed to bridge the first and second movies. Universal has slated the first movie in their Dark Tower film trilogy for a Friday, May 17, 2013 release.


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Bardem Scaling The Dark Tower?

Oscar winner reportedly in the running to play the Gunslinger.

December 31, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

Director Ron Howard and Universal Pictures are reportedly eying an Oscar winner to play protagonist Roland Deschain in their epic feature film-TV series adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

The New York Post claims that No Country for Old Men's Javier Bardem is "leading the pack" of contenders to play the gunslinger, "with Viggo Mortensen a close second."

Given his steady feature film work, it'd be tough to see Bardem agreeing to work almost exclusively on the big and small screen adaptation over the course of a few of years.

In related news, Moviehole points out that Bardem is also said to be part of the all-star cast of Cogan's Trade, a caper starring Brad Pitt and directed by Andrew Dominik.


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Is Naomie Harris Going to Be Odetta in Dark Tower?

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January 7, 2011

Naomie Harris is said to be circling Ron Howard's epic adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

That's according to the New York Post and it should be taken only as a rumor at this point.

Who could she play? She's likely a contender for the character Odetta Holmes, a woman debilitated by a subway accident in which she lost both of her legs.

Harris landed on the genre map with 28 Days Later and also starred in Pirates of the Caribbean and Miami Vice.

Howard's vision of the Dark Tower series stretches across three films and a television series. The first installment is expected in 2013.


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Howard Reveals Plans for Dark Tower TV Series

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January 14, 2011

Howard Stern listeners and fans of Stephen King tuned in to Stern's program yesterday to hear Ron Howard talk about his latest film as well as his intentions for the sprawling adaptation of "The Dark Tower" series.

Some of the usual things that we've heard before were said, however, Howard shed some more light on the television series that would bridge the films in the big screen trilogy.

Howard revealed the TV project would likely be a six-hour mini-series, and because this whole adaptation endeavor is being spearheaded for Universal, you can expect to see it debut on NBC another one of Universal's affiliate channels.

He also reminded listeners that his frontrunners for the character of Roland are presently Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem.


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Dark Tower Calling for a Dark Knight?

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January 26, 2011

Christian Bale is now a rumored front runner for Ron Howard's Dark Tower adaptation.

So says the New York Post, so you have to take into account their sources and its legitimacy. Lately, a lot of "front runner" stories have just been a load of b.s.

The Post adds that Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Ghita Tazi are vying for the role of Susanna (huh?!). Bale, of course, is being eyed for Roland Deschain.

For any actor circling the project, they have to keep in mind that they're committing to Howard's hefty endeavor which includes three films and two television projects - the only way to bring Stephen King's entire series to life.

Bale is apparently up against Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem, two actors Howard had said he'd like to see play Roland.


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Javier Bardem Offered Dark Tower Lead?

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January 26, 2011

Ron Howard may have his sights set on Javier Bardem for the lead in his cross-platform, multi-part film and television adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series. Deadline is reporting that Bardem has been offered the part of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.

Envisioned as three films and a television series (to star the same cast), The Dark Tower will bring to the screen King's fantasy epic that spreads across seven published novels. Howard plans to direct the first part of the series and would at least oversee the rest of the massive adaptation.

Bardem most recently appeared in Biutiful in a part that has landed him an Academy Award nomination. (He previously won a Best Supporting Actor award for his part in 2008's No Country For Old Men).

The Dark Tower has a tentative release date of May 17, 2013.


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Javier Bardem "Psychologically" Locked for Dark Tower

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Mar 2nd, 2011

Producer Brian Grazer confirms the actor is likely for the lead

In a somewhat nebulous statement, Brian Grazer has confirmed to MTV News that Javier Bardem isn't just a likely candidate for leading the multi-platform Dark Tower franchise, the actor is willing and eager to play the part of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.

"He's locked in psychologically," Grazer told the site, "He really wants to do it, so we're absolutely rooting for him to do it."

While that means that Bardem isn't necessarily a sure thing, his schedule is theoretically the only thing keeping him from joining the project at this point. Matters are no doubt somewhat complicated by Bardem also close to joining Sam Mendes' James Bond film, a role he also still hasn't officially committed to.

Envisioned as three films and a television series (to star the same cast), The Dark Tower will bring to the screen King's fantasy epic that spreads across seven published novels. Ron Howard plans to direct the first part of the series and would at least oversee the rest of the massive adaptation.

Bardem most recently appeared in Biutiful in a part that has landed him an Academy Award nomination. (He previously won a Best Supporting Actor award for his part in 2008's No Country for Old Men).

The Dark Tower has a tentative release date of May 17, 2013.


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Ron Howard Addresses Dark Tower Delay

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May 25th, 2011

Is Bardem the man to play Roland?

Ron Howard spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the recent delay his forthcoming The Dark Tower adaptation faced.

What the director offered was nothing we haven't really heard before, however, it does raise the question: Who will play Roland the gunslinger? It seemed that Javier Bardem was a lock, but that might not be the case after all.

"We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but 'Dark Tower' is moving forward. We're thinking of starting in early spring now. I can't really say who'll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We'll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid."

Howard intends to shoot three "Dark Tower" films and bridge them with a television series.


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Howard: Dark Tower Script Cuts Are Not That Deep

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June 21, 2011

In a lengthy interview about his over at Deadline, Ron Howard talked a bit about his adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower." The ambitious project - spanning three films and a television series - was put on hold due to budgetary concerns from Universal.

Howard tells the site that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman "wrote it to be sensitive to cost and is rewriting it to be more so. Without putting a number on it, the cuts aren't that deep or that radical."

As for the status of Javier Bardem playing Roland the gunslinger: "I'm hoping when we go, he's available and will join us."

Production is expected to begin next year now and Howard stands by his decision to depict the series as a sprawling film and television event.

"The universe Steve King created is so dimensional and creative. It blends scope, sweep, and adventure with some very personal compelling stories. We could have tried to force all of it into one or two or three movies. It became clear to me that the medium of TV has become so bold and cool, we could use it to our advantage creatively and really fulfill the possibilities of this universe of characters King gave us to work with. We can use the intimacy of television when that’s appropriate, and the scope and scale of the big screen with the bigger fantasy ideas. We discovered elements that would probably never have a home either on the big screen or on TV, but would make fantastic narrative gaming opportunities that won’t rehash the movies or TV, but have its own material borne out of the books and graphic novels. We’ve got gaming designers and there is enthusiasm for that. It’s a way to use all the mediums at our disposal to try to fulfill what’s possible. Universal sees this as an asset that can benefit the company in a lot of different ways."


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The Dark Tower Falls at Universal

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July 18, 2011

It's been somewhat of a rough road for the multi-tiered adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series. First announced last fall as a big-screen trilogy and tie-in television series (to feature the same cast), the property had met with a delay earlier this year. Now, Deadline reports that Universal has dropped out of the project altogether, dealing what could be a critical blow to the saga of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.

Ron Howard was attached to the project to direct at least the first part of the series and would have overseen the rest of the massive adaptation. Javier Bardem was said to have landed the role of the Gunslinger with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden tackling the writing duties.

It is possible that the project could still move forward at another studio with Deadline suggesting that Warner Bros. might be a possible alternative.


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Could The Dark Tower Rise at Warner Bros.?

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March 12, 2012

When news broke last summer that the multi-tiered adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series would not move forward at Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. was named as a potential new home for the project. Today, Deadline reports that WB is, indeed, negotiating to bring the project to the screen.

First announced in the fall of 2010, the saga of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, was to be developed as a big-screen trilogy and tie-in television series (to feature the same cast).

Ron Howard was attached to the project to direct at least the first part of the series and would have overseen the rest of the massive adaptation. Javier Bardem was said to have landed the role of the Gunslinger with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden tackling the writing duties.

If The Dark Tower does, indeed, wind up at Warner Bros., it could potentially connect to the studio's adaptation of King's The Stand, in development to be directed by Ben Affleck as the books share a character in The Stand's chief antagonist, Randall Flagg.


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An Update On The Dark Tower, Why is Russell Crowe's Name Getting Tossed Around?

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August 02, 2012

The Dark Tower's journey to the screen is going to make one helluva coffee table book. I can't recount it's entire history here, but it's long. Instead, let's focus on where the Stephen King adaptation is at right now.

The last we heard, Javier Bardem was attached to play Roland. Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer were overseeing Akiva Goldsman work on the script. And it was going to be epic. An ambitious adaptation that sprawled across three films.

There have been some changes on the leading man front, however...

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. - the studio involved with the project now - is about to get a script from Goldsman soon and it will evaluate how it wants to move forward.

Furthermore, Javier Bardem is out and the adaptation is now being pitched as a vehicle for Russell Crowe to play Roland Deschain. That doesn't mean Crowe is a "lock" - it's just a possibility for now. Something for the WB top dogs to think about while they assess Goldsman's script.

We'll hear soon enough, I'm sure, whether the studio will fly with the project or not.


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Ron Howard Says The Dark Tower Isn't Dead Yet

by SuperHeroHype

September 17, 2013

Well over a year ago came the announcement that the highly-anticipated, live-action adaptation of The Dark Tower would not be going forward at Warner Bros. Originally passed on by Universal, the "multi-tiered" adaptation had director Ron Howard attached to direct at least the first portion of the series. Now, in an interview with Empire, Howard says they're still working to get the series made.

"The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.

"It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.

"So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable."

Envisioned as a big-screen trilogy and tie-in television series featuring the same cast, Russell Crowe was said to have been interested in the role of Roland the Gunslinger with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden tackling the writing duties.

Do you want to see the big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower?


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