Last Fall we announced Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga as a big-screen trilogy and tie-in television series (to feature the same cast). The property has faced many speed bumps on the way to getting produced.
Deadline reports that Universal has dropped out of the project altogether, dealing what could be a critical blow to the saga of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.
Ron Howard was attached to the project to direct at least the first part of the series and would have overseen the rest of the massive adaptation. Javier Bardem was said to have landed the role of the Gunslinger with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden tackling the writing duties.
Stephen King emailed Entertainment Weekly his thoughts on the cancelled film series:
“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.”
Perhaps another major studio will take over the project but like Roland’s quest to find the elusive Dark Tower, it appears the films will have a long road ahead.