New doubts have risen over The Dark Tower, Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s very ambitious three-film and dual-TV series cycle of adaptations of Stephen King‘s epic novel series, after Warner Bros. “decided not to move forward” with the project. Which begs the question; has the Dark Tower finally fallen?
Well, it at least leaves the fantasy series with a very uncertain future. Warner Bros. had shown interested back in March after Universal previously bailed on the project, and for the past few months screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been doing script revisions to make it more budget-conscious.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as there was no sign that things were even the slightest bit shaky with Warner Bros. Goldsman recently delivered his latest draft, and we reported earlier this month about the possibility that Russell Crowe would play the lead character Roland “the Gunslinger” Deschain. But now, as Warners has passed, what could be the way forward for The Dark Tower?
Imagine will yet again be taking the project to other studios, but /Film mused that after Universal and WB had long and ultimately fruitless flirtations with the material, is anyone else going to want to take the very expensive chance on it?
There’s also the question of what is to happen with the TV series. Things looked promising when Warner Bros. seemed like the best financing and distribution option, and there was a lot of talk about HBO being the television home for The Dark Tower. But now that WB has rejected the idea, it could mean that HBO would also not be interested. Regardless, without a feature film component it might not matter at all, unless Imagine decides to go TV-only for the adaptation. It wouldn’t be out of the question, but it wasn’t exactly what they had planned.
We’re now looking at the second high-profile pass from WB in a week — only days ago the studio decided not to make The Imitation Game, the film in development based on the story of pioneering mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.
WB seemed to be interested in the film as one with prestige potential, with Leonardo DiCaprio was even mentioned as a possible star. But now the film is now out to other studios, and so far no pickup in sight at this point.
Anyone else curious about what’s going on over at Warner Bros?