Ron Howard’s uber ambitious movie trilogy and TV series based on the Stephen King “Dark Tower” series may have hit a slight bump on the road towards realization. And as you may have guessed, it has everything to do with the budget.
Variety reports that Universal is trying “to decide whether to put the project into turnaround, whereby producer Imagine Entertainment could shop it to another studio, either to partner with Universal or take over entirely.”
As of right now, the studio is still committed to making the series — maybe. Everything is apparently still moving as planned, but the studio brass is expected to meet up in the “coming days” to make a final decision one way or another.
The original plan was for Ron Howard to direct at least the first movie (in a trilogy), with Javier Bardem starring as the mysterious gunfighter, Roland Deschain. The first movie would be “bridged by a pair of TV series” with the next two.
I have no idea how that would work, unless they’re talking about making one movie, then continue on with a TV series, end the series, make the second movie, then make another TV series, end that series, then finish the whole shebang off with a third movie. I suppose that could work, though it might get a tad confusing at times. What happens if you DON’T watch the TV shows?