Deadline reports that Warner Bros could be stepping in and backing The Dark Tower film(s) after Universal Pictures opted not to move forward with the project. Stephen King's epic series was first set up at Universal, with Ron Howard attached to direct and Javier Bardem ready to star as the series' main character, gunslinger Roland Deschain. Akiva Goldsman adapted Stephen King's work and is on board as a producer along with Howard, King, and Brian Grazer.
Deadline says Bardem could still play Roland, if his schedule works out.
The original The Dark Tower deal with Universal included three feature films and two TV shows that would connect the dots between the films (the first film would be released followed by the first season of the series). Back in September 2010, Howard had this to say about the project:
"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."
Filming could begin in early 2013.
The official synopsis of The Dark Tower I - The Gunslinger, courtesy of Stephen King's official site: "The opening chapter in the epic Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, in a world where time has moved on, pursues his nemesis, The Man in Black, across a desert. Roland's ultimate goal is the Dark Tower, the nexus of all universes. This mysterious icon's power is failing, threatening everything in existence."
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