Ron Howard Talks Dark Tower Start Date, Possibly Spring of 2012

Oooooh, okay, so this makes more sense.

Speaking to EW, Ron Howard clarifies some of the issues with his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” novels. Along the way, there is some clarification on the movie’s TV companionship, which I have to admit, I was never entirely too clear on.

We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward. We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.

There are elements of the Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television. TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way.

Now it’s clearer: the project would start with a feature film, then followed by six hours of TV content starring the same actors from the movie. And if all goes well, two more movies with the same amount of TV spin-off. See? All cleared up.

By the way, the EW writer, a professionally paid writer, mind you, refers to Roland Deschain, the hero of the King novels, as “a roaming alternate-universe cowboy named Gunslinger”. Heh heh.