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It's happening: Ron Howard directs The Dark Tower film and television series

09.08.2010

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Deadline is confirming not only the fact that Ron Howard will be helming THE DARK TOWER film, but they are also confirming that Howard will direct the first season of THE DARK TOWER television series.

Holy shite, that's a lot of tower.

Akiva Goldsman will write for both the series and film as well. The series will follow in close proximity to the film. They are doing something that's never been attempted as of yet: using the film and the series to simultaneously tell the story.

Howard compares it to the back to back filming of the three installments of Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS three year filming, "What Peter did was a feat, cinematic history. The approach were taking also stands on its own, but its driven by the material. I love both, and like whats going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, theres the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, youd deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. Weve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. Its fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.

Goldsman adds, "We will certainly be looking to maximize both creative and fiscal opportunities by creating one enterprise that encompasses TV and movies. Some of the shooting will likely encompass both platforms, and that has never been done before. It's thrilling, we feel like kids in a candy story."

Howard, Goldsman, and producer Brian Grazer are looking to get started rather soon. The director has to finish up his current project before moving onto this one, Im finishing The Dilemma, and then I dont have anything scheduled and I plan to work hard on this with Akiva and Brian. We will refine our take on the feature and TV shows. We have a clear view of what we want to do, and were lucky to have a company with the nerve to back us up on this venture.

Extra Tidbit: What do you guys think? Great idea or potential disaster?
Source: Deadline

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1:11PM on 09/09/2010

Booooooooo

wow why didnt the LOST crew take this instead of this guy. I mean he is ok but very plain and takes all the momentum out of his movies, barely ever an emotional tug. Oh well.
wow why didnt the LOST crew take this instead of this guy. I mean he is ok but very plain and takes all the momentum out of his movies, barely ever an emotional tug. Oh well.
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12:19PM on 09/09/2010
At least I will always have the books.
At least I will always have the books.
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9:36AM on 09/09/2010
Just not seeing Ron on this one. His stuff is to uplifting, and this story is dark and huge to tell. I'll say what I have said before; if you have to do the Dark Tower, do it as an anime. It is just the best way to create all of the visual material and make it fit.
Just not seeing Ron on this one. His stuff is to uplifting, and this story is dark and huge to tell. I'll say what I have said before; if you have to do the Dark Tower, do it as an anime. It is just the best way to create all of the visual material and make it fit.
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9:07AM on 09/09/2010
I hate Ron Howard.
Yes, that's all.
I hate Ron Howard.
Yes, that's all.
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4:57AM on 09/09/2010

?

I'm a massive fan of the books, always have been, but I can't say that I'm confident in it's translation to the big/small screen. The story's too 'out there'. This isn't a story like 'Shawshank' or 'Green Mile'; people will just be like: "WTF is this....?!"
I'm a massive fan of the books, always have been, but I can't say that I'm confident in it's translation to the big/small screen. The story's too 'out there'. This isn't a story like 'Shawshank' or 'Green Mile'; people will just be like: "WTF is this....?!"
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4:51AM on 09/09/2010
Akiva Goldman? Oh, that's... that's bad.
Akiva Goldman? Oh, that's... that's bad.
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12:24AM on 09/09/2010
Don't know about Ron Howard these days. I hated Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. However I did love his in between movie Frost/Nixon. This will be a wait and see.
Don't know about Ron Howard these days. I hated Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. However I did love his in between movie Frost/Nixon. This will be a wait and see.
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12:18AM on 09/09/2010

could be AMAZING or could be a historic fail

i am mentally and emotionally torn with Howard's Dark Tower. Daniel Day-Lewis better fucking be Roland. TOM HANKS BETTER NOT BE ROLAND
i am mentally and emotionally torn with Howard's Dark Tower. Daniel Day-Lewis better fucking be Roland. TOM HANKS BETTER NOT BE ROLAND
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12:26AM on 09/09/2010
cavizel or josh brolin if he lost some weight cause daniel day lewis will never do it
cavizel or josh brolin if he lost some weight cause daniel day lewis will never do it
10:55PM on 09/08/2010
i'm very optimistic!!
i'm very optimistic!!
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10:51PM on 09/08/2010

ugh!

Making this a tv sereies is a bad idea, Just adapt all seven books for the screen. If they can do it with the narnia books they can do it here.
Making this a tv sereies is a bad idea, Just adapt all seven books for the screen. If they can do it with the narnia books they can do it here.
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10:39PM on 09/08/2010
i haven't read the series, but here's to hoping for a few Arrested Development cameos. maybe Gob shows up and does a magic trick?
i haven't read the series, but here's to hoping for a few Arrested Development cameos. maybe Gob shows up and does a magic trick?
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2:06PM on 09/09/2010
You...you're the worst. You should be ashamed of yourself. Hell, I'm ashamed FOR you.
You...you're the worst. You should be ashamed of yourself. Hell, I'm ashamed FOR you.
10:25PM on 09/08/2010

Oh, fuck, no

God damnit. Ron Howard is NOT the right choice for a project like this. It's already doomed to become maudlin bullshit.
God damnit. Ron Howard is NOT the right choice for a project like this. It's already doomed to become maudlin bullshit.
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10:21PM on 09/08/2010

not howard

Not Ron Howard. Not Ron Howard. The idea of movies and TV is appealing, but not Ron Howard. They might as well leave it till someone with a little better vision comes along.
Not Ron Howard. Not Ron Howard. The idea of movies and TV is appealing, but not Ron Howard. They might as well leave it till someone with a little better vision comes along.
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10:13PM on 09/08/2010
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I threw up in my mouth and then choked on my tears at the same time. Why the hell isn't Frank Darabont involved in this it's going to be terrible, and to half ass this thing with a TV series.... ah man I have a raging head ache.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I threw up in my mouth and then choked on my tears at the same time. Why the hell isn't Frank Darabont involved in this it's going to be terrible, and to half ass this thing with a TV series.... ah man I have a raging head ache.
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9:32PM on 09/08/2010

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD

"The Dark Tower" is by far my favorite book series, and I've been very passionate about them NOT adapting it for the screen. I'll admit to being excited when Damon Lindelof was involved, but the only other person I think that could handle it is Frank Darabont. Doing 3 films, then segueing into the television series sounds like a solid plan for telling the entire story, but this news makes me really nervous. Howard, I'm okay with -- it's Akiva Goldsman's involvement that's got me on edge.
"The Dark Tower" is by far my favorite book series, and I've been very passionate about them NOT adapting it for the screen. I'll admit to being excited when Damon Lindelof was involved, but the only other person I think that could handle it is Frank Darabont. Doing 3 films, then segueing into the television series sounds like a solid plan for telling the entire story, but this news makes me really nervous. Howard, I'm okay with -- it's Akiva Goldsman's involvement that's got me on edge. But if he pulls it off, I just might forgive him for "Batman & Robin".

But this is like ten times the feat of LOTR. Think about how fast they're going to have to make all the films PLUS the TV series before the kid playing Jake gets too old. Not to mention the commitment of the other actors. Then, considering what an endeavor it was for Roland and co. to reach the Dark Tower, it seems apropos that adapting it for the screen is going to be equally epic.

I'm being VERY cautiously optimistic about this.
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9:22PM on 09/08/2010
Wow, I won't get my hopes up. It would take AT LEAST a six season TV series. How can they only do 3 movies?
Wow, I won't get my hopes up. It would take AT LEAST a six season TV series. How can they only do 3 movies?
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9:34PM on 09/08/2010
That's 3 movies AND a TV series.
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That's 3 movies AND a TV series.
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9:02PM on 09/08/2010
can we get a "CAST THIS" going, or what?

I am throwing Hugh Jackman's name for Roland...although, it will prolly go to Nic Cage or something retarded.
can we get a "CAST THIS" going, or what?

I am throwing Hugh Jackman's name for Roland...although, it will prolly go to Nic Cage or something retarded.
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8:50PM on 09/08/2010

ugh

they should just skip the movie, and make it a 7 season show on AMC or FX...
they should just skip the movie, and make it a 7 season show on AMC or FX...
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9:22PM on 09/08/2010
that'd be a great idea
that'd be a great idea
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8:47PM on 09/08/2010

I don't get it

Will the series be a continuation of the movie or is it more an extended version of the same story?
Will the series be a continuation of the movie or is it more an extended version of the same story?
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8:45PM on 09/08/2010

You mean based on the board game?

I'm corn-fused!
I'm corn-fused!
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8:41PM on 09/08/2010
I'm worried about this adaption. Ron Howard and company are very talented, but this could turn into a disaster given the difficult source material.
I'm worried about this adaption. Ron Howard and company are very talented, but this could turn into a disaster given the difficult source material.
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8:20PM on 09/08/2010
I agree. I will give him the chance. The Dark Tower is up there with Lord of the Rings as far difficulty in pulling it off correctly.
I agree. I will give him the chance. The Dark Tower is up there with Lord of the Rings as far difficulty in pulling it off correctly.
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8:20PM on 09/08/2010

JIM CAVIEZEL as Roland

Bombardier's eyes, baby.
Bombardier's eyes, baby.
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8:18PM on 09/08/2010
Keep Akiva Goldsman's ass in check, and this could work.
Keep Akiva Goldsman's ass in check, and this could work.
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8:09PM on 09/08/2010

Extremely fucking nervous

This makes me extremely fucking nervous.
Not the actually business plan and structure of delivery, but just who is attached.

I really don't want anyone other than Damon and Carlton to touch this.
This makes me extremely fucking nervous.
Not the actually business plan and structure of delivery, but just who is attached.

I really don't want anyone other than Damon and Carlton to touch this.
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8:06PM on 09/08/2010

Opie

I'll give him a chance on this.
I'll give him a chance on this.
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8:03PM on 09/08/2010
If it's on HBO or something, then yeah sure. But if they're going to run it Friday evenings some regular channel, it's going to be censored to shit. No good.
If it's on HBO or something, then yeah sure. But if they're going to run it Friday evenings some regular channel, it's going to be censored to shit. No good.
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7:38PM on 09/08/2010
I think Howard has what it takes to get this done well.
I think Howard has what it takes to get this done well.
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7:27PM on 09/08/2010
Itll either be an epic success or fantastic failure. Dont know about Ronathan, hes got no style
Itll either be an epic success or fantastic failure. Dont know about Ronathan, hes got no style
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7:24PM on 09/08/2010
I'm stuck between my desire to see how well they can pull off a world that has passed on in visual format and my extreme disdain of the ending for the book series.
I'm stuck between my desire to see how well they can pull off a world that has passed on in visual format and my extreme disdain of the ending for the book series.
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7:35PM on 09/08/2010
Damn you! I was all super-exceited and then you had to go remind me of the end. Now I'm like, "Oh yeah...the end."
Damn you! I was all super-exceited and then you had to go remind me of the end. Now I'm like, "Oh yeah...the end."
8:18PM on 09/08/2010
Agreed. Just end it after Wizard and Glass.
Agreed. Just end it after Wizard and Glass.
7:19PM on 09/08/2010
Oh gooooooooooood why Goldsman?!? Why not get Koepp to do it while you're at it, they haven't ruined enough? Batman & Robin, y'all. I was afraid this would happen...
Oh gooooooooooood why Goldsman?!? Why not get Koepp to do it while you're at it, they haven't ruined enough? Batman & Robin, y'all. I was afraid this would happen...
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7:17PM on 09/08/2010

Thankee-Sai!

The melding of film and television to tell one cohesive story has been a long time coming. Trek came close to it in isolated episodes, but this will be something unprecedented. I was secretly holding out for Darabont, but hopefully Opie can bring it.
The melding of film and television to tell one cohesive story has been a long time coming. Trek came close to it in isolated episodes, but this will be something unprecedented. I was secretly holding out for Darabont, but hopefully Opie can bring it.
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