Ron Howard still looking to adapt “The Dark Tower”

May 19, 2013

THE DARK TOWER is a series of novels from celebrated author Stephen King that mixes a number of genres (western, fantasy, sci-fi, horror). For nearly three years, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have been approaching studio after studio, looking to find a backer for their plans of adapting King’s fantasy saga into a series of films with a television show that continues the story between movies.

According to Deadline, Howard and Grazer are currently at the Cannes Film Festival looking to secure financial backing for a number of projects currently on their film slate and The Dark Tower happens to be one of those films. Reportedly, Grazer and Howard are in talks with a ‘Silicone Valley investor” who is keen on putting up the money to see the duo’s original vision come to life. Currently, that plan includes Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) to assume the lead role of gunslinger, Roland Deschain.

Media Rights Capital was the latest studio to express interest in the project but they were only willing to commit to one film upfront, with more contingent upon box office reception.

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it. 

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