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Ron Howard is still working on The Dark Tower

05.07.2012

Despite all of the roadblocks put in front of it, Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER is not quite dead yet. Earlier today, Howard tweeted the following:

As a huge DARK TOWER fan, I am excited by even the smallest tidbit of proof that the movie/series may actually happen. Ron Howard was not even on my list of choices to adapt the saga of Roland Deschain and his Ka-Tet, but I can truly see his optimism and love of the material.

Plot: 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.

Javier Bardem is still linked to the series and no word has come down officially cancelling the project. Akiva Goldsman is Ron Howard's go-to screenwriter and Erica Huggins is a producer who has worked most recently with Clint Eastwood on J. EDGAR.

Ron Howard is still working with Warner Bros. and HBO to bring the series to television and theaters as a multi-platform release. Hopefully things work out this time. While this is still incredibly early in the process, it is nice to see that Howard has not given up yet!

Extra Tidbit: Almost done reading the latest DARK TOWER novel, THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, and I absolutely love it!
Source: Twitter

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6:49AM on 05/08/2012

The Wind Through the Keyhole...

I'm glad to see some movement on this, but really the only news that really stoked me was King releasing a new novel in the Dark Tower series this month...gonna have to read that baby soon!
I'm glad to see some movement on this, but really the only news that really stoked me was King releasing a new novel in the Dark Tower series this month...gonna have to read that baby soon!
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1:30AM on 05/08/2012
Whatever the end result maybe (sure hope its better than just okay), its very refreshing and commendable in this day & age when a director just won't take NO for an answer to his vision, be it in scope or otherwise budgetary concerns. Even Del Torro had backed out of AT MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (and looks like its totally dead now), but Ron Howard just won't give up! He might not be even in my top 10 to direct Dark Tower, but man this guy is optimistic about it! I can appreciate it, if he's
Whatever the end result maybe (sure hope its better than just okay), its very refreshing and commendable in this day & age when a director just won't take NO for an answer to his vision, be it in scope or otherwise budgetary concerns. Even Del Torro had backed out of AT MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (and looks like its totally dead now), but Ron Howard just won't give up! He might not be even in my top 10 to direct Dark Tower, but man this guy is optimistic about it! I can appreciate it, if he's fighting this hard, maybe he DOES believe in the true adaptation of DT.....Go, Howard! Fight to the nails!

And I think too, that right now they should just ditch the whole movie thing and do it all on HBO. If its successful there, then they can finish it on the big screen.
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11:46PM on 05/07/2012

Still not looking forward to this

Ron Howard will NOT do the Dark Tower series justice. I am 99.99999% sure of this.
Ron Howard will NOT do the Dark Tower series justice. I am 99.99999% sure of this.
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11:40PM on 05/07/2012
NEVER GIVE UP, GINGER
never give up
NEVER GIVE UP, GINGER
never give up
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10:42PM on 05/07/2012
Give it up already, this ain't ever gonna happen.
Give it up already, this ain't ever gonna happen.
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7:47PM on 05/07/2012
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6:57PM on 05/07/2012
The best way to make this work would be to forget about a multi-platform release and just give it the Game of Thrones treatment on HBO. And replace Howard and co. for Darabont.
The best way to make this work would be to forget about a multi-platform release and just give it the Game of Thrones treatment on HBO. And replace Howard and co. for Darabont.
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10:19PM on 05/07/2012
That would be a great idea to go the Game of Thrones route and just do it all on HBO
That would be a great idea to go the Game of Thrones route and just do it all on HBO
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