Ron Howard confirms The Dark Tower is still in the works

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Hey, there's some actual news about Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman's massive, ambitious The Dark Tower movie-and-TV-series mega-project, and the news is good: They're still working on it... they're just being really quiet about it.


Howard told Empire:

The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.

It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.

So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie, I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.

So it might still end up lost in the Hollywood miasma of doomed projects, it could be cut down to a single movie that bombs, or it could keep attaching and losing stars until everyone gives up. But at least for now we know it's not dead... yet.



Who can play Roland?

Javier Bardem can play Roland. That's who. I get chills just thinking about it.