Universal Passes on Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower Adaptation

It was alive, then it was sorta/possibly dead, then it was definitely alive again albeit at a cheaper price … and now it’s dead again. Or at least, it’s dead at Universal, where the studio has decided to pass on fronting the expected $200-ish million dollars to produce the first of three films based on Stephen King’s 7-book series “The Dark Tower”.

That leaves mythical gunslinger Roland Deschain (to be played by Javier Bardem) looking for a new home.

The ambitious project, which Ron Howard was supposed to direct from a script by Akiva Goldsman, would have launched a trilogy of movies on the big screen and two limited series TV series on the small screen. Recently, the triumvirate of Howard, Goldsman, and producer Brian Grazer had even hired “Battlestar Galactica’s” Mark Verheiden to help with the TV shows.

Now where does “The Dark Tower” stand? Your guess is as good as mine. Personally, I think this is all the Man in Black’s doing. He’s evil, that one.

Is this the end of the line for Roland Deschain?