We we learned a few weeks back, Universal has halted production on THE DARK TOWER - for the moment, anyway. The supremely ambitious film/television series was scheduled to get underway this summer, but budgetary issues made it necessary for the studio to restrategize and push the production to February 2012.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with the man at the center of THE DARK TOWER's journey to the big (and small) screen, Ron Howard, and got him talking about the state of the monumental adaptation.
“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,” Howard said. “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.”
Regarding the television series, Howard said: “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.”
Akiva Goldsman is writing the screenplay for the first film, while Mark Verheiden is currently heading up the TV series. The film's release date of MAY 17, 2013 is still set.
Jennifer Connelly, from Ron Howard's A BEAUTIFUL MIND and THE DILEMMA