King talks The Dark Tower failure, Howard moves on
It really is disappointing for fans of The Dark Tower, and I'm sure you can tell I'm one of them, that the project has been scrapped, especially such an ambitious one as the Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman one of three films and television series.
Now Stephen King has been talking about the failure of the project and his words have some hope for fans that this isn't dead, and not dead with the Howard, Grazer, Goldsman team either.
For those of you who haven't read the series and aren't sure about the project let me urge you to go and read the series of novels, there are ups and downs in it, but for the most it is a truly excellent series of books and does depart quite a way from the normal Stephen King novels, although there's plenty there for fans too. The Dark Tower is an excellent series of books and you really should delve into them.
The teaming of Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer seemed as though it was the dream ticket for the series, easily able to bring it to the big screen, but just yesterday we heard that the dream was over and Universal had dropped the project saying it was just too expensive.
"I'm sorry Universal passed, but not really surprised...As a rule, they've been about smaller and less risky pix; maybe they feel it would be better to stick with those fast and furious racing boys. I bear them no ill will, and trust Ron Howard to get Roland and his friends before the camera somewhere else. He's very committed to the project."
Ouch. Well that's firm but fair, but the interesting part is that he trusts Howard to get the story made with another studio. This must surely mean that they haven't given up and are to take their vision elsewhere, somewhere with vision and budget, and there are studios out there that fit that mould and will take some chances, it just depends if they'll stand up.
Meanwhile Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are, according to Deadline, off to adapt Under the Banner of Heaven which Dustin Lance Black is adapting. It's a tale of two brothers who murdered the wife and daughter of their younger brother saying that they were acting on the orders of God. Now that's going to be a tricky project, and I would imagine a hard to sell one. Mind you that's just one of their currently in progress projects.