Ron Howard Talks About Stephen King’s The Dark Tower On Howard Stern

Ron Howard appeared on Howard Stern’s Sirius radio show this week to promote his new film ‘The Dilemma’. During the fascinating interview Ron Howard had an opportunity to speak about one of his “possible” upcoming projects, ‘The Dark Tower’ based on the seven book series by author, Stephen King.

Here’s what the candid director had to say when he appeared on the radio show regarding the ‘Dark Tower’:

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff — because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.”

Stern then asked about casting rumors that have Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen slated for the lead role of Roland, The Gunslinger?

Ron responded, “And there are other names on the list… but we’re still early on in the development of it.” … “But there are other people also being considered.”

Lastly Ron Howard spoke about the intended mix of merging the subject matter on both the big and small screen:

“In a way it’s Stephen King’s life work. He’s woven those characters in and around so many stories…  Hey look, there is always a risk when you adapt something and books are challenges. But I think a movie idea is there. And if I have my way, and if everything goes according to plan, which is of course a big if — we’ll be doing movies, we’ll be doing television, and all of that isn’t just [to make money] but all of that is to be as comprehensive as possible.The idea of doing part of it on the big screen and part of it on television is to try to include absolutely as much of the books, and even the graphic novels, as possible.”

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Published by Larry Fire

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