The future of Ron Howard’s massive three-film, two-season TV show adaptation of Stephen King’s multi-volume The Dark Tower series is beginning to look, well, dark.  Despite having a hotshot director like Howard attached, and Javier Bardem in talks to play the lead, Universal has passed on the ungainly production.

According to The AV Club:

“Universal has passed on the project, unable to reach a mutual agreement with Howard and fellow producers Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer on how to keep the costs down. The decision came after May’s forced hiatus, at which time the studio insisted it was just a necessary postponement to get the budget under control. However, after reviewing Goldsman’s script for the first film and its TV follow-up—and the attached bill with all the zeroes on it—Universal decided it was only willing to commit to a single movie, balking at another massive genre undertaking in much the same way it passed on Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains Of Madness in favor concentrating on other movies it had already shelled out a bunch of money on, like Battleship.”

It’s understandable that Universal balked at the cost of the project, because remember the last few times a studio adapted a multivolume fantasy work into several films?  I mean, the Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and Harry Potter series never made any profits, right?

What do you think of the The Dark Tower news?