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Could Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower be headed to Netflix?

May. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

I am trying to remain calm because this is still just a rumor, but it is about time we got some news on THE DARK TOWER. Last we heard, Ron Howard was working with HBO to develop the sprawling Stephen King fantasy series which fell through. Prior to that, Howard was discussing a huge plan featuring movies and a television series at NBC. We heard Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem were both circling the title role of Roland Deschain, but since then nothing has developed.

With Howard reviving his loved series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT later this month via Netflix, could there be hope for THE DARK TOWER? Check out this quote from an interview> with Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos:

Arrested Development creator Ron Howard has also been circling Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – any chance Netflix could pick it up?
I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.

Holy flurking schnit!  Netflix has done one hell of a job with their original content so far.  David Fincher's HOUSE OF CARDS was phenomenal, Eli Roth's HEMLOCK GROVE has been decent, and there is no doubt that ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT will be hilarious.  Netflix would definitely be taking on a huge task if they elect to create THE DARK TOWER as a series, but it would not have the strictures of a network series.  We would get a fully uncensored show along the lines of GAME OF THRONES.

So, despite Netflix losing over 1800 movies on their streaming service, the company is definitely aiming to up their original projects and THE DARK TOWER is a project that has been waiting way too long to be realized on screen.  Make this happen, Netflix!

Extra Tidbit: Let us start dream casting again!
Source: Stuff.tv

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5:35AM on 05/03/2013

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First off this will or should never happen in any visual media as the project is just too big to do justice too. If it was a trilogy okay but now with what, 8 books, not going to happen, in a good way, that is. They would have to spend like a decade doing a tv show, hell Game of Thrones is kickin and they are going to end up with at least 10 seasons. Plus all the actors people are naming are either too young or too well feed, LOL
Too bad this wasn't around when Clint was in his 60's that is
First off this will or should never happen in any visual media as the project is just too big to do justice too. If it was a trilogy okay but now with what, 8 books, not going to happen, in a good way, that is. They would have to spend like a decade doing a tv show, hell Game of Thrones is kickin and they are going to end up with at least 10 seasons. Plus all the actors people are naming are either too young or too well feed, LOL
Too bad this wasn't around when Clint was in his 60's that is Roland...there is no other. So might as well give it up now.
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9:19PM on 05/02/2013
No No No. I don't want Howard anywhere near this, especially since he is really pushing for Javier Bardem to play Roland (horrible casting).
No No No. I don't want Howard anywhere near this, especially since he is really pushing for Javier Bardem to play Roland (horrible casting).
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8:25PM on 05/02/2013

He's got better things to do.

I'd love to see what Michael Shannon could do as Roland.
I'd love to see what Michael Shannon could do as Roland.
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8:02PM on 05/02/2013

Although I would prefer this coming to HBO

I think The Dark Tower is one of those properties that is more suited for television given its scope, but Netflix bound I highly doubt unless Netflix intends on starting to offer weekly releases of episodes. Although I wouldn't mind them releasing it in bulk so I could binge watch.
I think The Dark Tower is one of those properties that is more suited for television given its scope, but Netflix bound I highly doubt unless Netflix intends on starting to offer weekly releases of episodes. Although I wouldn't mind them releasing it in bulk so I could binge watch.
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5:38AM on 05/03/2013
LOL can you imagine....we have been making this show for 10 years straight...now here are all 1000 episodes! enjoy!
LOL can you imagine....we have been making this show for 10 years straight...now here are all 1000 episodes! enjoy!
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7:23PM on 05/02/2013
I actually like this a lot better than the previous idea of doing a mix of theatrical releases and TV shows. Just do the whole damn thing through Netflix. If Netflix is willing to pony up the funds for a big budget,10 hour, R-rated epic, and give Ron Howard the creative freedom to do it right, it could be awesome.
I actually like this a lot better than the previous idea of doing a mix of theatrical releases and TV shows. Just do the whole damn thing through Netflix. If Netflix is willing to pony up the funds for a big budget,10 hour, R-rated epic, and give Ron Howard the creative freedom to do it right, it could be awesome.
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6:22PM on 05/02/2013

Nooooooooooo

Screw netflix!!! Never used it and never will. This is a horrible rumor
Screw netflix!!! Never used it and never will. This is a horrible rumor
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7:06PM on 05/02/2013
A rumor? It's a direct quote from the Netflix CCO, the company that is bringing back Arrested Development which Howard is an EP on...
A rumor? It's a direct quote from the Netflix CCO, the company that is bringing back Arrested Development which Howard is an EP on...
7:59PM on 05/02/2013
I'm kinda confused how you can formally state an opinion having never used Netflix.
I'm kinda confused how you can formally state an opinion having never used Netflix.
5:57PM on 05/02/2013

VIGGO

Mortenson will never take the role. I like Tom Jane based on his make up test of Jonah Hex and his guest spot on Arrested Development doesn't hurt. Really It's all the small rolls I'd love to see filled. Examples:
Jack Mort - Nick Offerman
Ben Slightman - Michael Emerson
Calvin Tower - Michael Chiklis
and fucking OY will have to be CGI.

After watching some of the recent Batman animated movies it'd be cool to see the whole series done that way. At least they wouldn't have to cut
Mortenson will never take the role. I like Tom Jane based on his make up test of Jonah Hex and his guest spot on Arrested Development doesn't hurt. Really It's all the small rolls I'd love to see filled. Examples:
Jack Mort - Nick Offerman
Ben Slightman - Michael Emerson
Calvin Tower - Michael Chiklis
and fucking OY will have to be CGI.

After watching some of the recent Batman animated movies it'd be cool to see the whole series done that way. At least they wouldn't have to cut anything out. I'm rambling...

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7:07PM on 05/02/2013
I've always hoped since day one - when the project was offered to Abrams - that somehow Tom Jane would be involved. The dude is talented as hell and would fit perfectly in the DT universe.
I've always hoped since day one - when the project was offered to Abrams - that somehow Tom Jane would be involved. The dude is talented as hell and would fit perfectly in the DT universe.
11:58PM on 05/02/2013
Yea Man Even if Tom Jane Played a role like Walter or Maybe someone in Meji's during the Wizard and Glass stuff it seems like it'd be right up his alley.
Yea Man Even if Tom Jane Played a role like Walter or Maybe someone in Meji's during the Wizard and Glass stuff it seems like it'd be right up his alley.
5:01PM on 05/02/2013
Andrew Lincoln gets my vote for Roland!
Andrew Lincoln gets my vote for Roland!
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4:28PM on 05/02/2013

Extra Tidbit

Two words: Karl Urban. BOOM! Print the money, people. I got the winner ;)
Two words: Karl Urban. BOOM! Print the money, people. I got the winner ;)
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3:38PM on 05/02/2013
Bring it on!
Bring it on!
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3:16PM on 05/02/2013

Guy Pearce!!!

Fits this role to a T!!!
Fits this role to a T!!!
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