Ron Howard updates on THE DARK TOWER

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If you wait long enough, just about any property in Hollywood can get adapted for the big screen, Hell, that would explain Howard the Duck at least. One iconic fantasy series that is struggling though? Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. It’s gone back to the drawing board more often than my attempts at fine art, switching from massive trilogy blockbuster potential to a possible TV series replacement.

And through it all, director Ron Howard has been present. And he’s still working on getting audiences to take a visit to that ominous tower.


“The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was,” Howard said to Empire.

It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away.

We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.

I’ve always loved the idea of the Dark Tower, but then again, I’m a western fanboy. If the supernatural mixture of cowboys and magic could ever work on the big screen, it’s be worth the ride.

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Last Updated: September 18, 2013

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