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Universal/NBC’s Sprawling DARK TOWER Project May Not Move Forward After All??

Published at: May 13, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

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Deadline is reporting exclusively that budget issues have delayed Ron Howard’s sprawling “The Dark Tower” project, an adaptation of the Stephen King epic that would be spread across two big-screen Universal movies and two NBC miniseries, all of it starring Javier Bardem.

Shooting on the first feature was supposed to begin this summer; now the start has been delayed at least until February.

Management of both NBC and Universal was recently transferred to cable opearator Comcast. 

The rub is the filmmakers and Universal must agree on a budget before July or the rights revert back to King and Imagine. It’s not certain another studio partner (with its own TV channel) would be as willing to commit to such an ambitious adaptation.

Find all of Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.

 

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  • May 13, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    About time you reported on this, fellas

    by Kammich

    ...but we want Quint's take!

  • May 13, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Shame

    by -Halfscan-

    Have never read the books, but the logistics of the project were really interesting to me (movie, mini, movie, etc).

  • May 13, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    GOOD

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    I'm glad. And I love those books.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    THERE IS A GOD!

    by Spudwick30

    YES!

  • May 13, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Herc...a week late as always! lol

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    This site's writers blow bigtime!

  • May 13, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The winds of Ka blow in our favor

    by Katet19

    This would have been a fucking disaster I hope the breakers are working full time top bring this bitch down. Say what you will about LOST but it borrowed alot from the Dark Tower and it's style of storytelling along with alot of the more out there ideas. There's a reason even the people behind LOST cried off this project. It shouldn't be done.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    How can they be "exclusively" reporting on a story

    by Bass Ackwards

    that was already reported on last week? Anyways, the scope of this project interested me, the substance of it, I could go either way.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    mixed feelings about this

    by frank

    I would have liked to have seen these movies, but it’s very probable that they wouldn’t have been done well. It is probably smart on the studio’s part not to finance this project. It seems like a lower risk undertaking like an HBO miniseries would work better than the current plan, since I think the story is a little too strange to draw the massive crowds necessary to justify the high movie productions costs, even if the films were good.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    A HBO Show With The Budget And Scope Of GAME OF THRONES would have been better

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Not Ron Howard and NBC. Definitely not those two.

  • And everything that the term "ren-faire soap" pejoratively implies.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Mixed feelings about this..

    by gabbygall

    On the one hand a lot of us would love to see these characters brought to life on the big (and small) screen, Roland, Eddie, Susannah & Jake (not sure about a CGI Oy though - CGI sidekicks have a habot of sucking), but on the otherhand, the books are pretty much unfilmable in a way that would stay true to the source material and as such it would be a watered down Dark Tower - I still shudder when I think of the mess that IT turned out to be (from a fans point of view) and the less said about Tommyknockers the better ( a weaker book, but better on the 2nd or 3rd read) - the movie version of that was fucking retarded... Overall I think I am glad if this get cancelled.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Late as shit

    by Fridge

    Seriously, I never saw this reported on here and figured I just missed the article. Sloppy. Nothing about this movie seemed right anyway, from the choice of director to casting. Just....wrong.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Just make the first book

    by 3D-Man

    I'd be quite satisfied with that.

  • Last week: possibly being cancelled by Universal and/or moving to another studio over budget. This week: Still being made at Universal, at a later shoot date, but must be greenlit by the summer to keep the film rights. They reported it as a reversal of fortune for the film, despite it not being out of hot water yet.

  • May 13, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Let HBO have it

    by elsewhere

    I agree this should be a HBO miniseries.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    just do one or the other doing both is a messy idea

    by angrykirby.tk

    one of these is going to be shitty or whatever and what if nobody watches the first movie what happens then? just put the best stuff in one movie and if its good do a miniseries that does the detailed version.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    This is "a good thing" and here's why...

    by ATARI

    NBC would have pussified it.<br> <br> Give it to somebody like HBO and make it pull-no-punches 'R'. <br>

  • May 13, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Warners and HBO. There.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I just hope Howard gets discouraged and he hands over directing duty to someone more capable, like Darabont.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Herc's article kind of confused me

    by Kammich

    The news a week ago was that Universal was potentially putting the project in "turnaround" due to budgetary qualms and could even be shopping it to other studios. Today's news was that a budget had been worked out, shooting was being pushed back to compensate, and it was staying indefinitely at Universal. Unless i'm just reading it incorrectly, Herc's piece seems to be a bit of a mish-mash of both. Either way, sorry for jumpin' on you earlier in the TB Herc.

  • Really i hated the ended of this dark tower saga and while changing the end of watchmen was not cool it was acceptable in the long run. I only bring up watchmen as i watched it again last night i quit my moaning about missing the squid as really it's not needed for the end result be it a less shocking one. *Spoilers Of Dark Tower** While the end of the dark tower is a huge disappointment (to some?)there a lot you can do with it, even to the point of making this epic the last of rolands round to the dark tower and finally completing his quest.. That was a the most annoying but then came the death of the crimson king ...... If you can all it that. Then the last door where sue meets with other jake and other eddie...... .... kinda wish they all died for roland ... Anyway these are really the only disappointments that i have and it could be their chance to make an epic story EPIC ! ****End spoilers*** I am quite interested on how the silver screen and Tv mix will impact the stories flow and continuity. This is something that i am actually looking forward too as TV shows production wise are getting better all the time. Lets hope if they do green light it they give it the best chance and have someone who can utilise that budget to it's maximum potential. End of Line.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    How do they not work this out before it all goes to press.

    by moorE12

  • May 13, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    You know what would lower the budget?

    by buffywrestling

    Casting an unknown actor instead of Bardem.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Ah! Will this be Howard's Don Quixote?

    by bah

    That's the sense I get.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    I fucking love the ending of The Dark Tower

    by Kammich

    **massive spoilers to follow** A lot of the story's developments leading up to the ending are embarrassingly trite... 'The Wolves' being Doctor Doom rip-offs that throw Harry Potter weapons; Stephen King's insertion of himself into the story; the way Flagg goes out like a bitch; the way the Crimson King goes out like a bitch... But I fucking LOVE the end of Roland's character arc. He finally reaches his ultimate goal and Ka throws him a giant middle finger, and says "fuck you, Roland, you're a prick." He's forced to relive all of the loss and loved ones that he personally sacrificed in the name of his own, selfish desires. He essentially lets Jake(his surrogate son) die twice, watches Eddie(his surrogate little brother) get killed, kills his friendship with Susannah, lets his childhood love die for him, etc etc etc all in the name of some vein desire to reach something that he doesn't even understand. So when he finally gets to the top, and realizes he's doomed to repeat this vicious cycle again UNLESS he decides to try to live his life in the appropriate way, valuing his few true friends and loved ones over a pointless quest for the tower, I thought that was some ballsy, poetic justice. and having the Horn suggests he might just do it right the next time out. a good bulk of the series is hit-and-miss, but I fucking loved that ending.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Hurray!

    by Crow3711

    I hope this never happens! It will happen eventually, I have no doubt. But this was not the right time nor people behind it. Period.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Good!

    by bass

    Hope it does fall through. Then King can re-write books 5 and 6 and make them not suck! I'm fine with 7 (it could be trimmed hardcore tho) and the ending is an awesome mind-eff, but man did he lose his way with this story after the accident. Take SK out as a character, take out all the civil rights stuff, get rid of Father Callahan or at least make him not lame, make the Wolves not lame (if they must appear), don't make Mordred a puss, don't treat Walter/Flagg like a punk, and give us more of the Great Old Ones, more of Roland's world, more of Roland's history, don't skimp on the end of Gilead/fate of Roland's dad, etc, etc, et-mothafeffing-cetera. Once this is done, THEN it can be filmed.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Wait, so Comcast is ruining movies now too?

    by ar42

    Way to go, fucktards.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Good News Everybody

    by harrys_site_sucks

  • May 13, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    This screams to be made into an ANIME series

    by 3D-Man

    One epic, bad-ass anime series. Then you could do it ALL, and none of it would look silly. While I would LOVE to see a live-action film, I think things like Mia/Susannah entering the Dixie Pig and interacting with the bird-men and rat-people wouldn't translate so well. But it would look right at home in anime.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I hate to be one of the douches....

    by Nice Marmot

    .... but this HAS to be the latest AICN has posted a story....

  • May 13, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    And yes . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . so hoping a cable series is still a possibility. Take your time & get it right, people....

  • May 13, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    nice marmot

    by sweeneydave

    I've never complained about late news, but I agree with you there - I heard about this last week on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • May 13, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    ... and nothing of value was lost.

    by montessaurus

  • May 13, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    All Hail the Crimson King! Surely he had a hand in this wonderful news.

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    I'm all for a Dark Tower something, but not with the team behind this version. Ron Howard is great. Akiva Goldsman sucks. Bardem is a great actor, but Guy Pearce should be Roland.

  • May 13, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Javier Bardem = not a leading man

    by 2soon2eat

    I don't care how cool you think he is, Javier Bardem is not going to get assses in seats. This might be fine for a straight forward mini-series. But it won't work as a movie/slash/ TV show/slash/Movie.

  • Here I was thinking The Dark Tower was planned as three movies and 2 TV series, thanks for setting us straight that it's only 2 movies.

  • May 13, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Books are too weird for Live Action, especially network tv

    by SirGaryColeman

    I hope the rights revert back, so they can hand this over to somebody who is thinking straight. If there has to be a TV series, put it on cable. And don't make it a flashback thing because that was more of the weaker stuff. I honestly think this thing would be amazing in animated form. With a style similar to the short from Watchmen and that Short about Jonah Hex (dark anime/comic-book style). I enjoy stephen king, but he has no vision when it comes to live action versions of his stuff.

  • May 13, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Good. This can only work as an HBO series.

    by Yamato

  • May 13, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Call MEGAN ELLISON...

    by Anklavepak

    She'll fire the right people and then hire the right people!

  • May 13, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Good News!

    by ushaped

    Howard was the wrong director, Bardem the wrong Roland. Hope they never get it going and the rights revert.

  • May 13, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    As a DT fan...

    by PhineasFlynn

    ...I'm happy about this news. Now, if we can only get "delayed" turned into "cancelled", we'd have us a winner. If it goes to HBO, do it as an animated series, like the Spawn series from the late 90s. That's the only way it will work.

  • May 13, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Thank God

    by smackfu

    Ron Howard at the helm? Akiva Goldsman? That guys IMDB page lists more abortions than a Planned Parenthood sign-in sheet. Javier Bardem as Roland? Just....fucking...wow. I mean if you thought George Lucas raped your childhood with the Prequels and that fucking fridge movie with Chip from Transformers, just imagine what these two fuckers were going to do to your sphincter over the course of a decade.

  • May 13, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    eddie

    by PunkLunchbox

    can't believe no one has mentioned this here yet...has anyone else read the Norman Reedus as Eddie rumors? if the project proceeds, that is.

  • Or changed a hell of a lot. I'd opt for animated.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Damn. I wanted to laugh at Nordling.

    by 1204

    With his constant speculation that Wastelands will be the middle movie.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    HBO, please.

    by Fievel

  • May 13, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    SCREW THEATRICAL!!!

    by mcgillj

    someone else said it.. and they are RIGHT ON.. Ron Howard has a GOOD relationship with Tom Hanks.. who works quite well with Speilberg (actually I believe Howard and Hanks were in on From the Earth to the Moon). So a .. I THINK the first book could be dealt with in a 2 hour telemovie... the second.. probably another 2... with the third being at least THREE.. then the fourth could be 2.. with the 5,6 and 7 also being 2 hours.. so.. Get HBO to commit that many hours to a MINI SERIES event, on par with Game of Thrones, Pacific Band of Brothers.. but seriously... Javier Bardem? I just do NOT see it.. at ALL.. in fact.. he's WAY too old for the Roland in Gunslinger (and they'd definitely have to RECAST MUCH MUCH younger for Wizard and Glass).. and I think he's too young for the Roland in Drawing of the Three on.. I always pictured a HARD HARD man.. at least in his SIXTIES.. I was thinking.. a grizzled sunbeaten John Voight.. or more on the nose Clint Eastwood himself.. maybe a long long hard stretch I would have went with Viggo Mortensen..

  • May 13, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    hmmm.. Reedus as Eddie?

    by mcgillj

    I remember when I FIRST read Wastelands in the early mid 90s.. I was picturing.. an emaciated.. Steve Buscemi (just a lot less weird).. now.. I'd say kind of a scuzzy Luke Wilson.. kind of stringy hair.. really pale (to start anyway in Drawing). Reedus.. is an.. INTERESTING choice.. good actor.. how's his American accent? or should I say his New York accent?

  • Yes, it is.

  • May 13, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I'd call this good news.

    by Juggernaut125

    The only way to bring this series to the big and small screen effectively, under budget, and do the entire story any justice without having to worry about an aging Jake or all of the effects costs is to make it an animated series.

  • May 13, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Should've read the talk backs first

    by Juggernaut125

    like I usually do. But I definitely agree with sirgarycoleman (great name, btw.)

  • May 14, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Guess Bardem can go do the Bond movie now.

    by SnootyBoots

  • May 14, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    If it can't be done right, don't do it!!

    by El_Padrino

    Ron Howard is a bad choice for this. I would welcome Danny Boyle or Darabont, but these books are special to me. Find actors who are willing to dedicate themselves Harry Potter, spend the money, and do them right.

  • Stephen King has an incredible way of painting a picture. He has a fascinating way of describing a scene. You cannot translate that to film. The books are weird as fuck...and honestly, not a whole lot happens. They're quite boring. It just doesnt work on film, at all. This will never get made, and it shouldnt. If it does - then whoever greenlights it is a dumbass.

  • May 14, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    THANKYOU GOD!!!

    by HelmetBoy

    It's obvious that the project should be given to Darabont to do over a TV series a la Walking Dead. Each book could be a season of hour long episodes. The way TV shows are getting these days with special effects to rival movies you could definitely do the book justice on the small screen. I can't see them doing the saga justice in three films, especially with Ron Howard at the helm.

  • and then you can change what you want, shit it can be all over in a trilogy, they could rewrite the whole thing, jesus Hollywood is fucking dumb.

  • May 14, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    If the first film didn't perform well...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    At the boxoffice they would just axe everything, anyway. Series with more potential than this to get fairly faifthful adapations that could also enguage the general public have died after a single film in recent years.

  • May 14, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    by Shubniggorath

    If they do the whole thing animated, Clint can voice Roland, and my personal fanboy dream, Sam Elliot can voice Stephen Deschaine!

  • May 14, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    aaaaaaaaand relax...

    by alexander

    I like Ron Howard. Nice Guy. Didn't want to have major beef with him.

  • May 14, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    (like he reads these forumns)

    by alexander

  • May 14, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Time to call...

    by Dobler

    Megan Ellison: Badass Extraordinaire.

  • May 14, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    way more people calling for animation than before...

    by Nice Marmot

    ....I'd hand it to whoever did Rango. Seriously. Stunning, beautiful. As long as it doesn't look all Asian....

  • May 14, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    HBO or even AMC

    by tacoshack27

    I could see this playing out better on HBO like others have been saying, or maybe even AMC. I couldn't picture this being on NBC, god no.

  • May 14, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Handling the legless, trash-talking black woman

    by Hipshot

    Requires more skill and sensitivity than I credit Ron Howard with having. I honestly don't remember any black people in any of his movies, and I think that, handled poorly, it will be as bad as the film version of "The Green Mile." Not thrilled about this at all.

  • May 14, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Handling the legless, trash-talking black woman

    by Hipshot

    Requires more skill and sensitivity than I credit Ron Howard with having. I honestly don't remember any black people in any of his movies, and I think that, handled poorly, it will be as bad as the film version of "The Green Mile." Not thrilled about this at all.

  • May 14, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    hipshot, I was thinking about that too, and...

    by FlickaPoo

    frankly I'm not completely sure anybody could pull that off visually. I worry the leglessness would be a constant drag on the action (pun intended). In the books it almost stopped being a big deal sometimes, but on screen you'd have to figure out what to do with her in every shot...every sequence.

  • May 14, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Story a week late. /Film already has latest...

    by Flip63Hole

    I love this site and come daily, but you guys really lagged on this one: ‘The Dark Tower’ Stays at Universal With Smaller Budget, Schedule Pushed Back http://www.slashfilm.com/the-dark-tower-stays-universal-smaller-budget-schedule-pushed/

  • May 14, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake, get Frank Darabont to direct this

    by flax

    It's painfully obvious that Darabont is the most suitable director on the planet for this project. Ron Howard needs to stop being so egotistical and just give these films to the man we all know is meant to make them. I'll grant him this, though: Javier Bardem is the perfect choice for Roland. Howard gets some points for that. It does not excuse his blandness, however.

  • May 14, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Bardem as Roland

    by Kammich

    Never, in a million years, would I have thought that one up(a stocky hispanic with dark skin and dark eyes doesn't exactly match the character description), but the more I thought about it the more I really liked it. When you go through the series and think about adapting it to a visual medium, you realize that Roland actually has very little to do or say. He just has to grimace and be a badass. I actually think Bardem's accent and slightly off-kilter, stoic nature could fit the character perfectly. I understand people wanting guys like Viggo for the part, but IMO, you'd kind of be wasting him with such a role. My personal choice for Eddie, after seeing "Boardwalk Empire," is Jack Huston. Geek-god Joseph Gordon-Levitt could really work, as could someone like Aaron Paul or Adam Brody(adam, not adrien). But Norman Reedus? Listen, I know a lot of film fans--myself included--will always love him due to "Boondock Saints." But honestly, the dude is not a very good actor. He was cringe-worthy on "The Walking Dead." And for Susannah I always pictured Taraji P. Henson. She has the range to pull off Detta, Odetta and Susannah. She's shown the rage and anger of Detta, and she's shown the subtle beauty thats required to sell us on Eddie immediately falling in love with her. It scares the shit out of me that Howard was supposedly screen-testing white and brazilian(i think) actresses for the part... I usually NEVER care about changing the ethnicity of a character in adaptations, but in the case of Susannah, her trials as a black girl in the civil-rights-torn South makes up the foundation of 99.9% of her character. and Flagg is such a fucking awesome character that you could probably cast any one of 50 or 100 actors that are out there, and you'd still be fine.

  • May 14, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Handling the legless trash talking black woman....also @charyoutree

    by kingoflight

    I actually thought about this for a while last night and if i was directing this i would try my ass off and find me a white hating legless black woman. This role is not for halle berry. I think the roles of all the parts should be cast with newbies to be honest, as long as they are decent actors that can make the roles their own. I say this because clint eastwood is my roland ... obviously not going to happen but that's like the iconography of the character. I don't want to see guy pierce or javier or vigo doing an impression of clint eastwood because that's what will happen. Give it to someone who's not had a role before ad they will make it their own. @ charyoutree.... that was a great point, i've commented on your posts before about DT before and this is what i was kind of getting at in my post it's my main complaint about the story. I was annoyed that it was not roland's final tale that was told. Its not the END of the story, it's the start of the end and with this new platform they could start it with the horn and bend all the kinks out of the story and add some more if they like. But the same story ..... not cool. The story is epic even the shit bits that i never liked were bold as fuck like the end / harry potter stuff and SK being in his own book ... Cos that i never liked them don't mean that they can't work in the film SK has been in a few things acting wise off the top of my head but i don't think he would carry the story much as needs be. So make it rolands journey with the horn and take a sharp scalpel to the story.

  • May 14, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Yes, Thank you, God...

    by JR

    I hope, in this current form, this does not move forward because: a) it should just be an HBO or some cable series, like three or four 13-episode seasons. The story is too sprawling and too meta for films. b) Javier Bardem is seriously miscast. c) Ron Howard, really? I mean, really?!?

  • May 14, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    The last few books are $hit, so I knew this would happen

    by Nabster

    Apparently the studios find the last book in specific to crappy, uncinematic, and impossible to adapt to the screen. I think they have wisely decided to get out of this project. Under The Dome is the perfect material to adapt, which is why HBO is so smart. They know which King property would work best on the silver screen. And Undert The Dome is going to be an amazing TV show.

  • May 14, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    TOLDJA! It's just as well...

    by Bill Clay

    Everyone said Watchmen couldn't be filmed, too. And when it finally was, it was a mess that didn't satisfy fans or the general public. Some stories are just too big for the screen.

  • May 14, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    kingoflight

    by Fievel

    kingoflight - I've been calling for Roland having the horn since the Lost guys were planning on doing this. It's a fantastic idea that could not only actually END the series, but could also allow for time-saving editing of the actual story while actually having a valid excuse for doing it (the addition of the horn).

  • May 14, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    BTW, this is OLD news...

    by Bill Clay

    Deadline Hollywood reported this a week ago.

  • May 14, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Damn! Guess I gotta read the books now.....

    by JestaFool

    I love movies and books but to be honest the only King book I ever read was The Fog. And I liked it. I don't really have the time to read a massive king series but I know it will be better than any movie so guess it's a good thing.

  • May 14, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    movies linked to tv miniseries is a bad idea

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    especially if its for a niche audience - as great as the books are, they have a specific audience of fans - like potter - not universal appeal - why make a miniseries to augment the movies? - if it cant be done exclusively as movies dont do it - so if i saw the movie id have to watch the miniseries to keep up? - dumb

  • May 14, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    @ jimmyjoe redsky

    by kingoflight

    Where were you when harry potter came out that is in no way a niche audience it was taken by everyone including adults hence the massive sales of the adult version of the books (only the cover was changed) But you are right with dark tower it's not a big market but it's probably got a solid fan base that will eat this up. I don't know how they would beak up the story but this is what's interesting to me how they manage the big screen and small screen crossover.

  • May 15, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    thank god, this project had disaster written all over it!

    by baronweazle

  • Roland should have the Horn of Eld from the beginning, so that the readers in the audience will know this is the next cycle and the filmmakers will have an excuse to change whatever they want. But they should NOT take the opportunity to end Roland's story forever. I love the ending of the books – the idea that Roland will keep going and going, having an infinity of different adventures for the remainder of eternity. I don't want to see Roland dying, or Roland fulfilling his quest – I want the films to end with Roland setting out on another cycle, another adventure. It's sort of like the ending of the first Matrix film – worlds of possibility are opened. Just make sure he loses the horn at some point in the films and doesn't get it back – then I'll be happy. And I've said this many times: Nathan Gamble for Jake, Peter Stormare for Flagg.

  • May 15, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Do NOT let Darabount near this

    by Hipshot

    After what he did to John Coffey in "Green Mile" Cutting out the single thing that made the character situation tolerable in the book--the fact that the Hanks character tried to save him. In the movie, Hanks KNEW Coffey was innocent, but didn't even pick up the phone. They smuggled Coffey out of the prison to save Hanks' wife...but couldn't pick up the phone. Not 30 seconds to show they saw him as a human being rather than a Black Spiritual Guide, in a movie with 15 minutes of stupid mouse tricks. Darabount can kiss my ass. There is no way on God's Green Earth I believe Darabount could make Suzanna anything but a legless sexualized (hey! Black women can have sex onscreen--as long as they're fucking white guys, right?) pistol-packin' Mammy. Have no words for how bad that shit could be.

  • May 15, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I'm sick of the horn talk . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    .... just cause fans would know what it means would be no excuse for anyone to not give us an adaptation of EXACTLY what we read.

  • May 15, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    And I'm even including ...

    by Nice Marmot

    ...Bill Hader w big fake teeth & grey hair as Stephen King.

  • And I know Roland is Spanish, but its the same thing pretty much. But if this project falls through, and goes in turnaround they should recast the role to a blacktor. Personally, I think Wesley Snipes was born to play Roland. I know some of you may scoff at this next choice, and I admitt its unconventional, but he would kill the role. Dave Chapelle. Its against type, but thats why it would be so amazing. And Don Glover IS Spiderman, no matter what anyone says.

  • May 15, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    It's great to see the Free Market forces at work.

    by T

    I guess. This project was doomed because it's foundations are not solid. The Dark Tower series kind of crashes and burns at the end. It's a sufficient ending for those of us afeared that Stephen King wouldn't live to write an ending, but seeing as his "retirement" has been quite prolific, who knows, he may return to the Dark Tower himself.

  • May 15, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    [diox], depending on your definition of "epics"...

    by FlickaPoo

    LORD OF THE RINGS, HIS DARK MATERIALS, the original EARTHSEA trilogy, MOBY DICK, WATERSHIP DOWN...just a few off the top of my head. The bible has a pretty rockin' ending too, with all the beasts, dragons, seals, horsemen, Armageddons and shit...

  • May 15, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    hipshot

    by john

    when in the novel does paul make a phone call to save jc???? it doesnt happen

  • May 15, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Restyles

    by Hipshot

    In the novel, the Hanks character tries to get someone to consider Coffey's case. It's been years, but it was either the Warden, or someone in the Governor's office. What I'm saying is that the attempt, even though it failed, meant a lot to me--he cared. In the movie, he didn't do as much as he would have done for Lassie if wrongly accused of biting Timmy.

  • May 15, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    No. He should not have changed the watchmen's ending.

    by UltraTron

    The genetically engineered alien monster that delivers a psychic shockwave upon entering our dimension would have rocked. I still want a Cameron extension on that bitch. Ultra director's final super cut

  • May 16, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    Hobbit Money

    by venvariants

    They are scared now, but when The Hobbit starts raking in cash their interest will be renewed. How can they even begin to imagine that this isn't worthe budget investment? It'll make truckloads of dough..!

  • May 16, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Only just got to the giant bear in book 3

    by DirkD13"

    I keep picturing Kevin Bacon as Roland, but Guy Pearce would be good too. Books 1 and 2 could be done without mahoosive budgets surely? Just do them, see how the response is, then maybe make more if profitable.

  • May 16, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Just make 1 film and see how it goes

    by Jaster

    It doesn't seem that complicated.

  • May 16, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    HBO or AMC

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    or not for me.

  • May 16, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    kingoflight

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    potter's popularity was boosted to the masses radar by the movies - before the movies the books were big and had a lot of fans but there was an even bigger crowd that knew of them but had no interest - that to me is a niche audience - the same people that wouldnt read a potter book might see a potter movie - on the other hand - anything with king's name on it sells - king as a brand is as big as (at one time bigger than...) potter/rowling - his name before the title and the right budget director and star will always make money - but the dark tower series is a niche within "king"dom - everyone knows who king is, but the average shmo on the street never heard of the dark tower books - my 2 brothers and their wives havent - my dad hasnt - they know who stephen king is though

  • May 16, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    NBC + Ron Howard = Smary Shit

    by Knobules

    Dark Tower starring everyone in the history of the hit TV show ER acting sanctamonious and smug as hell. With an exclusive cameo from Willard Scott and Al Roker. I hope this gets scrapped and picked up by someone who can do it right. My god can you just imagine the ENDLESS commercials they would pollute this with. PUKE!

  • albeit expanded from the written explanations to flesh out the world and its mythology as well, and then see what happens from there would be my two cents

  • May 16, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    PEOPLE!!!

    by AmbroseChaseWillRise

    It's NBC! The network that thrives to fuck up your hopes and dreams.

  • May 16, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    by Cory849

    The Dark Tower is too weird for mainstream audiences. This weird movie/TV formula is extra weird. I have no fucking clue why any studio would risk this bullshit. Fuck the Dark Tower anyway. It's boring.

  • May 16, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    and fuck you too cory849

    by alexander

    for your boring post

  • May 16, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    i blame the beams

    by pishowda

  • May 16, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Apparently Stephen King wanted to play the Crimson King

    by Nabster

    And Ron Howard agreed, but the studios got nervous.