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Ron Howard gives an update on his adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower

Sep. 17, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

After finally some positive news for Ron Howard's adaptation of THE DARK TOWER, there hasn't been any new information about the project since. It's one of Stephen King's more popular novels and series, and many people just want to see this project happen already after so many set backs. So where is Ron Howard with THE DARK TOWER?

In an interview with Empire, Howard says he hasn't forgotten about THE DARK TOWER and goes on to talk about why it's been difficult finding a way to bring the epic series to the big screen:

"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 realized how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was."

"And yet 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 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 (WINTER'S TALE), 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."

Just a heads up, the next part involves a certain "character" (and even if you haven't read the novels you would know this person) who appears in the book. Yes, this is a spoiler warning: avoid the next few paragraphs if you don't want to know more.

Stephen King is one of the characters in the seventh book in the series, and many fans have wondered how that is going to work in an adaptation. Howard was asked if he's thought about that yet for his film and says he has, but it doesn't sound like he's figured out how to do it just yet.

Stephen King himself appears in The Dark Tower, have you thought about how you might tackle that?

"Yes. And I will admit Stephen has said, ‘I don’t have to be in this.’ But that’s not to say that he won’t be!"

So while there isn't a set schedule, Ron Howard and his team are still working on THE DARK TOWER. It's been a long wait for fans of the series, but an excellent adaptation would be well worth the wait.

Extra Tidbit: Here's just a small list of Stephen King novels that are connected to his Dark Tower series: 'Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Talisman, It, Desperation, The Eyes of the Dragon, Insomnia and Hearts in Atlantis.
Source: Empire Online

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7:09AM on 09/18/2013
I think if they make books 1+2, 3+5, and 6+7, a trilogy it could work. They could make the 4th a stand alone movie, or a tie in TV series with different younger actors. How do people feel about Timothy Olyphant, or Josh Halloway for Roland? For anyone who doesn't know and cares to ((SPOILERS(kind of))
[link] fourth book is a prequel about how Roland became the way he is and starts looking for the Dark Tower in the first place, but he's a teenager. ">
I think if they make books 1+2, 3+5, and 6+7, a trilogy it could work. They could make the 4th a stand alone movie, or a tie in TV series with different younger actors. How do people feel about Timothy Olyphant, or Josh Halloway for Roland? For anyone who doesn't know and cares to ((SPOILERS(kind of))
[link] fourth book is a prequel about how Roland became the way he is and starts looking for the Dark Tower in the first place, but he's a teenager.
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1:46PM on 09/17/2013
It just seems too big to fit into a movie universe. HBO is where this would probably more likely succeed.
It just seems too big to fit into a movie universe. HBO is where this would probably more likely succeed.
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11:55AM on 09/17/2013
You see what they're doing with Game of Thrones on HBO? Do that with Dark Tower. Problem solved.
You see what they're doing with Game of Thrones on HBO? Do that with Dark Tower. Problem solved.
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11:27AM on 09/17/2013
If ever there was a director born to direct this, they're the furthest person away from the Oscar-baiting Ron Howard.
If ever there was a director born to direct this, they're the furthest person away from the Oscar-baiting Ron Howard.
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11:06AM on 09/17/2013
Just make it a TV series & forget the damn theaters. It'll be tricky as hell but far from impossible.
Just make it a TV series & forget the damn theaters. It'll be tricky as hell but far from impossible.
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10:03AM on 09/17/2013

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what is this story about? I know it has been talked about in the past but I never really followed what its about. At first i thought it was some sort of futuristic apocalyptic western.
what is this story about? I know it has been talked about in the past but I never really followed what its about. At first i thought it was some sort of futuristic apocalyptic western.
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10:37AM on 09/17/2013
This is the basic plot description from Wikipedia, but there's a lot to The Dark Tower series:

In the story, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of "Arthur Eld", his world's analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but
This is the basic plot description from Wikipedia, but there's a lot to The Dark Tower series:

In the story, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of "Arthur Eld", his world's analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have "moved on", and it appears to be coming apart at the seams. Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, even the sun rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.
11:09AM on 09/17/2013
Its basically Clint Eastwood in the role of his unnamed characters from the spaghetti Westerns 50 years older and dealing with age and responsibility. As he tries to track the man that destroyed his family and life. At the same time the world is post apocalyptic sort of future past mash up, where the present is primitive in many ways and the old word was super science and some of that still remains.

Throw in a few sidekicks from different histories or dimensions in time/place that are all
Its basically Clint Eastwood in the role of his unnamed characters from the spaghetti Westerns 50 years older and dealing with age and responsibility. As he tries to track the man that destroyed his family and life. At the same time the world is post apocalyptic sort of future past mash up, where the present is primitive in many ways and the old word was super science and some of that still remains.

Throw in a few sidekicks from different histories or dimensions in time/place that are all tied to Roland by destiny and you have a rollicking adventure through almost every genre you can imagine.

Its like Unforgiven meets Mad Max meets Time Bandits then gives birth to the most fucked up twilight zone episode of all time.

And sprinkled in between are some of the most impressive character studies ever put on paper.

Unfortunately as a whole I think the story ends up weaker than its parts. And there is no way in hell they are ever going to do justice to it in a movie unless they make two movies per book.
11:10AM on 09/17/2013
Western, sci fi, fantasy, horror. Cameos & references to other King books & characters.

And, of course, token baffling, disappointing, pulled from King's arse at the last minute ending.

Totally worth the trip though...
Western, sci fi, fantasy, horror. Cameos & references to other King books & characters.

And, of course, token baffling, disappointing, pulled from King's arse at the last minute ending.

Totally worth the trip though...
11:42AM on 09/17/2013
@Bigger Boat "And, of course, token baffling, disappointing, pulled from King's arse at the last minute ending."

Are you talking about the climax? Or the overall ending to the story? I do agree that the climax definitely leaves something to be desired, however, if you're talking about the overall ending to the story, I can't quite agree with you. In fact there are a lot of people who think the same thing about the ending to The Dark Tower. I guess I just can't understand it.
@Bigger Boat "And, of course, token baffling, disappointing, pulled from King's arse at the last minute ending."

Are you talking about the climax? Or the overall ending to the story? I do agree that the climax definitely leaves something to be desired, however, if you're talking about the overall ending to the story, I can't quite agree with you. In fact there are a lot of people who think the same thing about the ending to The Dark Tower. I guess I just can't understand it. "Disappointing?" maybe to certain people. That's completely understandable. But "baffling? and "pulled from King's arse at the last minute?" I really don't think that's the case at all. I mean (without going into spoiler territory) the ending is foreshadowed through symbolism and metaphor throughout entire series.
12:34PM on 09/17/2013
Climax.
Climax.
12:53PM on 09/17/2013
Yes. Definitely agree.
Yes. Definitely agree.
10:22PM on 09/18/2013
thanks for that. didnt want to read wikipedia cuz i find some of the info on there not too accurate. figured its easier to ask the fans.
thanks for that. didnt want to read wikipedia cuz i find some of the info on there not too accurate. figured its easier to ask the fans.
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