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Ron Howard tackles Stephen King's Dark Tower series

04.29.2010

A couple of years ago, JJ Abrams got the rights to Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series of books, and along with his "Lost" comrades Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse had planned to adapt them into either a TV/cable series or a movie trilogy. After ultimately deciding they'd never be able to do justice to the material, they returned the rights to the author.

Imagine's Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and manga-haired Brian Grazer apparently feel no such trepidation, since Heat Vision says they're currently looking at "a scenario that would see an adaptation begin as a movie, to be written by Goldsman and directed by Howard, that would lead to a TV series produced by Imagine’s small-screen division."

The project is still in the early stages, but the speculation is that Universal would release the movie.

The vast "Dark Tower" tale (which really defies synopsis) spans seven fat books, a short story and a Marvel Comics series, and follows knightly gunslinger Roland as he travels his mystical and crumbling realm seeking the Man in Black and the structure of the title.

Extra Tidbit: Who would you trust more with the property, the "Lost" crew or Ron Howard?
Source: Heat Vision

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4:20PM on 05/02/2010
There's simply no way you can condense this whole series into a trilogy and do it justice. Each book deserves its own film. I was holding out hope Darlton would tackle this after Lost but now that that's not the case I'm just worried for my favorite book series that, in the right hands, could be a fantastic film series.
There's simply no way you can condense this whole series into a trilogy and do it justice. Each book deserves its own film. I was holding out hope Darlton would tackle this after Lost but now that that's not the case I'm just worried for my favorite book series that, in the right hands, could be a fantastic film series.
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3:00PM on 05/02/2010

Oh man please don't ruin this.

The best series ever. So you better not screw it up. It better be rated R and it better have all its balls still attached (all 48 of them). I don't think it can be done in 3 movies, Wizard & Glass alone would be an epic 3 hours in itself if it were up to me. Plus isn't Stevsie working on an 8th one right now? The more I think about it the more I don't want this to happen. We need to find ourself a door and travel back to when they decided to do this and slap them in their faces, or maybe
The best series ever. So you better not screw it up. It better be rated R and it better have all its balls still attached (all 48 of them). I don't think it can be done in 3 movies, Wizard & Glass alone would be an epic 3 hours in itself if it were up to me. Plus isn't Stevsie working on an 8th one right now? The more I think about it the more I don't want this to happen. We need to find ourself a door and travel back to when they decided to do this and slap them in their faces, or maybe convince JJ Abrams that he IS the only one trustworthy enough to do it justice. Lets hope they stand true and remember the faces of their fathers.
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4:49PM on 05/01/2010

Do it right or leave it alone

King is one of my favorite authors. I devoured the Dark Tower series like a fat kid inhales cakes. But the story is too big for one trilogy, WAY too big. HBO or Shotime might actually be better.

Regardless, Akiva Goldman and Ron howard as a team on this do not inspire much confidence in me. Howard's best movie is probably A Beautiful Mind, and Goldman...well, Let's just say I'd prefer Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Torro write and maybe even direct this. Let's just hope that they include
King is one of my favorite authors. I devoured the Dark Tower series like a fat kid inhales cakes. But the story is too big for one trilogy, WAY too big. HBO or Shotime might actually be better.

Regardless, Akiva Goldman and Ron howard as a team on this do not inspire much confidence in me. Howard's best movie is probably A Beautiful Mind, and Goldman...well, Let's just say I'd prefer Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Torro write and maybe even direct this. Let's just hope that they include King's input and creative control to make sure that they don't spiral out of control and we find out that Susanna is actually Jesus's descendant.
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6:58PM on 04/30/2010
Oh god not Akiva Goldsman. What, is David Koepp too busy screwing something else up? -groan- I can see it now, "From the writer of Batman Forever AND Batman & Robin comes Stephen King's most epic saga..."
Oh god not Akiva Goldsman. What, is David Koepp too busy screwing something else up? -groan- I can see it now, "From the writer of Batman Forever AND Batman & Robin comes Stephen King's most epic saga..."
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1:48PM on 04/30/2010

this is going to be...

a severely hard task to adapt to the screen, being my favorite King series and the epic tale of his lifetime, the creative team best tread carefully. Some how they always seem to fuck up a King novel, with the exception of Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
Maybe Howard needs to produce, get King and Darabont to collaborate on the script and get a visceral director who is in touch with the source material. and please no god damned tv show, thats bullshit and it would have to be pg13, do
a severely hard task to adapt to the screen, being my favorite King series and the epic tale of his lifetime, the creative team best tread carefully. Some how they always seem to fuck up a King novel, with the exception of Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
Maybe Howard needs to produce, get King and Darabont to collaborate on the script and get a visceral director who is in touch with the source material. and please no god damned tv show, thats bullshit and it would have to be pg13, do you know the amount of killing in this series, in the first novel (a novella of sorts), Roland kills an entire town, with .45 caliber 'irons' ever see what a .45 slug does to a child's head? not for tv at all.
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6:47PM on 04/30/2010
You've clearly never heard of HBO or Showtime or FX or AMC. Not all TV is PG13.
You've clearly never heard of HBO or Showtime or FX or AMC. Not all TV is PG13.
10:34AM on 05/03/2010
you clearly dont know the difference between tv and cable.
you clearly dont know the difference between tv and cable.
1:21PM on 04/30/2010

let's hope they give up too

I agree with the overall sentiment here. Akive Goldsmand is a seriously overrated writer. Go look at his credits. He has maybe one film that I liked. He's the turd that brought the last two Batman movies before the Nolan reboot.

Howard is marginally better, he throws in some real gems. But when he surrounds himself with mediocare talent, he gets mediocare results.
I agree with the overall sentiment here. Akive Goldsmand is a seriously overrated writer. Go look at his credits. He has maybe one film that I liked. He's the turd that brought the last two Batman movies before the Nolan reboot.

Howard is marginally better, he throws in some real gems. But when he surrounds himself with mediocare talent, he gets mediocare results.
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10:59AM on 04/30/2010

Congrats Darlton.

By being little bitches & not thinking you could do the series justice. You have insured it destruction. I love what you did with LOST, but you can go fuck yourself for doing this the series you took so much from to make LOST!!!!
By being little bitches & not thinking you could do the series justice. You have insured it destruction. I love what you did with LOST, but you can go fuck yourself for doing this the series you took so much from to make LOST!!!!
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8:52PM on 04/30/2010
cool story, bro
cool story, bro
10:19AM on 04/30/2010

nah

this is just bullshit, right? (cue nervous laughter)
this is just bullshit, right? (cue nervous laughter)
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9:42AM on 04/30/2010

Hell fuck NO

NO NO NO NO...Akiva Goldsman is the WORST. Ron Howard is not much better of late. This is awful and better not happen, they will BUTCHER this awesome story. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO NO NO NO...Akiva Goldsman is the WORST. Ron Howard is not much better of late. This is awful and better not happen, they will BUTCHER this awesome story. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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9:34AM on 04/30/2010

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At first I was excited to hear that the dark tower was goig foward to a movie, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD : NO ADAPATION BY HOWARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE ! This guy is one of the dumbest director ever ! He better watch the davinci code again and cute off Tom's mullet ! Fuck you RON !
At first I was excited to hear that the dark tower was goig foward to a movie, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD : NO ADAPATION BY HOWARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE ! This guy is one of the dumbest director ever ! He better watch the davinci code again and cute off Tom's mullet ! Fuck you RON !
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9:33AM on 04/30/2010
Trust wise I'd probably hand it to the Lost creators. Don't get me wrong, I like Ron Howard but I feel this would be right up Abrams co's alley. Although... I may be in a very small minority here but I really liked Howard's The Missing. I feel like Howard will give a lot of depth to the characters of the series, but I'm wondering how everything else would come together with him at the helm... lets see.
Trust wise I'd probably hand it to the Lost creators. Don't get me wrong, I like Ron Howard but I feel this would be right up Abrams co's alley. Although... I may be in a very small minority here but I really liked Howard's The Missing. I feel like Howard will give a lot of depth to the characters of the series, but I'm wondering how everything else would come together with him at the helm... lets see.
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9:21AM on 04/30/2010

No No No

Should've brought in Frank Darabont.
Should've brought in Frank Darabont.
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8:46AM on 04/30/2010

this could work out

Ransom? Apollo 13? As long as he can capture the atmosphere and the bond of Ka, all will be well
Ransom? Apollo 13? As long as he can capture the atmosphere and the bond of Ka, all will be well
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8:03AM on 04/30/2010
I hate Ron Howard.
I don't even know why.
I hate Ron Howard.
I don't even know why.
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7:47AM on 04/30/2010

No, No, No. . .

This is the worst match-up that I can think of.
This is the worst match-up that I can think of.
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4:22AM on 04/30/2010
Howard´s crew have no qualms...
Those guys are turd-makers! "The Grinch"... "Batman & Robin"... "Cinderella Man"... etc...
Howard´s crew have no qualms...
Those guys are turd-makers! "The Grinch"... "Batman & Robin"... "Cinderella Man"... etc...
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3:25AM on 04/30/2010

Fucking bullshit stupid

Ron Howard is NOT the right choice to tackle this kind of subject. At all. This breaks my heart.
Ron Howard is NOT the right choice to tackle this kind of subject. At all. This breaks my heart.
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3:20AM on 04/30/2010
Nooooooooo this is terrible, terrible news!!!! Howard, Grazer and Goldman would be the worst fit for this, oh my God I can't imagine a worse fit.
Nooooooooo this is terrible, terrible news!!!! Howard, Grazer and Goldman would be the worst fit for this, oh my God I can't imagine a worse fit.
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2:54AM on 04/30/2010
The writers of "Lost" clearly know King's material. I would've trusted them more easily. Especially after seeing what happened to "I am Legend". Plus, I don't think Howard's anything too great either.
The writers of "Lost" clearly know King's material. I would've trusted them more easily. Especially after seeing what happened to "I am Legend". Plus, I don't think Howard's anything too great either.
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1:31AM on 04/30/2010
Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer suck ass. That is all.
Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer suck ass. That is all.
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12:45AM on 04/30/2010
The LOST crew would have likely done a better job, though I'm not sure how this would successfully have been converted into a series of films. I hope it never gets made for the "small screen." I'm still haunted by the mediocrity that was "The Stand." I think maybe this can be one story that lives on the page only. LOST crew may have been onto something here.
The LOST crew would have likely done a better job, though I'm not sure how this would successfully have been converted into a series of films. I hope it never gets made for the "small screen." I'm still haunted by the mediocrity that was "The Stand." I think maybe this can be one story that lives on the page only. LOST crew may have been onto something here.
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12:44AM on 04/30/2010
Waaay too ambitious. It's tough enough to get a pilot picked up (even by premium cable stations) when it's *not* first being vetted by a huge public audience, sitting in theaters. And what a difficult way to do it - The Gunslinger doesn't really *end* properly...
Waaay too ambitious. It's tough enough to get a pilot picked up (even by premium cable stations) when it's *not* first being vetted by a huge public audience, sitting in theaters. And what a difficult way to do it - The Gunslinger doesn't really *end* properly...
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12:36AM on 04/30/2010
Only works if Hugh Jackman plays Roland.
Only works if Hugh Jackman plays Roland.
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12:03AM on 04/30/2010
I was really excited when I heard JJ Abrams was going to be a part of this, considering that his crew already has a good concept for alternate dimensions and time exchanges which is what the Dark Tower is all about... but then they dropped it out of respect... this is an enormous project and unfortunately The Gunslinger, (the first book) is the least excited of all and I don't know if no fans of SK and the Tower would be willing to commit to the journey on the strength of that one episode... I
I was really excited when I heard JJ Abrams was going to be a part of this, considering that his crew already has a good concept for alternate dimensions and time exchanges which is what the Dark Tower is all about... but then they dropped it out of respect... this is an enormous project and unfortunately The Gunslinger, (the first book) is the least excited of all and I don't know if no fans of SK and the Tower would be willing to commit to the journey on the strength of that one episode... I love it but the Drawing of the Three is a lot cooler as far as story goes... I really do hope that someday we get to see it fully realized, it is the most amazing tale!!
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11:47PM on 04/29/2010

LET'S DO A LITTLE MATH

Provided a script for Gunslinger and funding is put into place, he'd be lucky to start filming next year. Now provided it will take 2 years per picture to film all 7 chapters and that's provided the first film actually makes money and builds a following. Howard could do it ala Jackson and film all 7 at once which would be a phenomenal commitment of crew, money, actors and time that few would be willing to devote. King is writing Chapter 8 and there is a short story that needs to be
Provided a script for Gunslinger and funding is put into place, he'd be lucky to start filming next year. Now provided it will take 2 years per picture to film all 7 chapters and that's provided the first film actually makes money and builds a following. Howard could do it ala Jackson and film all 7 at once which would be a phenomenal commitment of crew, money, actors and time that few would be willing to devote. King is writing Chapter 8 and there is a short story that needs to be considered. All in all I don't see this happening in this lifetime. Jackson had a built 40 year following to make Lord of the Rings happen and as true to the books as the films were, there were liberties. King's audience would have to be very forgiving as well and any converts would have to be convinced quickly. Also, Ron Howard is 56. Is he really going to still be making Dark Tower into his mid 60's?
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9:45AM on 04/30/2010
Read the article, nub. One movie and then a tv series to follow, not seven movies. Plus seven concurrent movies is ridiculous, that will never happen.
Read the article, nub. One movie and then a tv series to follow, not seven movies. Plus seven concurrent movies is ridiculous, that will never happen.
11:45PM on 04/29/2010

I wish I could support this......

This series will prove to be extremely difficult to adapt into a film(s) in my opinion. I think J.J. and company had the right idea by leaving this alone......
This series will prove to be extremely difficult to adapt into a film(s) in my opinion. I think J.J. and company had the right idea by leaving this alone......
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11:38PM on 04/29/2010

Sweeeettttt

I couldn't be happier if Howard tackles this mammoth project... lets just hope they keep SK out of the movie and TV series, that almost ruined the entire series.
I couldn't be happier if Howard tackles this mammoth project... lets just hope they keep SK out of the movie and TV series, that almost ruined the entire series.
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11:07PM on 04/29/2010
I have mixed feelings. I want to see a really good adaptation of Dark Tower, and I like Ron Howard as a director. It's Goldsman's involvement that has me worried.
I have mixed feelings. I want to see a really good adaptation of Dark Tower, and I like Ron Howard as a director. It's Goldsman's involvement that has me worried.
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11:05PM on 04/29/2010

Not Imagine!

I'm pretty sure Abrams would do one hell of a lot better than Howard and Grazer. Look what Abrams did with Trek.
I'm pretty sure Abrams would do one hell of a lot better than Howard and Grazer. Look what Abrams did with Trek.
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