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Will The Dark Tower ever get a break? Warner Bros. passes on the project

Aug. 20, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Man, THE DARK TOWER cannot catch a break when it comes to the studios. First, Universal passes, and now their only possible saving grace, Warner Brothers has moved on as well.

Over the weekend, Warner Bros. took a look at the package and decided it wasn't for them. There were no further details as the studio declined to comment on the issue. I was really hoping that they would get the film going, and that the possibility of Russell Crowe joining as Roland Deschain would help the case. I guess not even Russell Crowe can get a project going. The material is great, and one has to wonder if the budget or massive scope of the project is making studios a little leery about getting involved.

But there does seem to be a silver lining in the cloud (though we shouldn't count our chickens just yet). Media Rights Capital is in serious talks to financially back THE DARK TOWER. Co-Chairman and CEO, Modi Wiczyk is apparently a huge fan of King's story. They are eager to get behind the project, and hopefully do for it what they did for TED. They are also behind Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM.

Usually, Universal distributes MRC backed projects, but since they passed the first time does this mean that they will hop on again? I guess we will have to wait and see what develops.

Source: THRDeadline

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1:46PM on 08/23/2012
I'm kind of okay if this never happens. The books are just too good. Also for such a long haul you need some one a little less famous to play Roland. I always thought Thomas Jane would be a cool choice. If only Clint Eastwood was young enough to play the role for as long as they plan this epic to be since the character was based on his man with no name. If they could get an A-list actor my dream choice would be Daniel Day-Lewis but that would never happen.
I'm kind of okay if this never happens. The books are just too good. Also for such a long haul you need some one a little less famous to play Roland. I always thought Thomas Jane would be a cool choice. If only Clint Eastwood was young enough to play the role for as long as they plan this epic to be since the character was based on his man with no name. If they could get an A-list actor my dream choice would be Daniel Day-Lewis but that would never happen.
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10:49PM on 08/21/2012

Great News

This thing will never fly as one or two or five movies. And of course they will trim it down, cut out Eddie as he is not really needed, and who needs Oy thats a lot of CGI to tackle. If, and thats a big if. If you are going to attempt this it could be done complete CGI and serialized, that is about the only way it could be done. Actors will never commit to a two decade project.
This thing will never fly as one or two or five movies. And of course they will trim it down, cut out Eddie as he is not really needed, and who needs Oy thats a lot of CGI to tackle. If, and thats a big if. If you are going to attempt this it could be done complete CGI and serialized, that is about the only way it could be done. Actors will never commit to a two decade project.
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7:56PM on 08/21/2012

get Abrams involved and...

pitch it to marvel and for the love of God leave Stephen King out....
pitch it to marvel and for the love of God leave Stephen King out....
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6:31PM on 08/26/2012
You my friend, have no idea what you're talking about. I am not trying to be a jerk but what you just said is ridiculous.
You my friend, have no idea what you're talking about. I am not trying to be a jerk but what you just said is ridiculous.
11:41AM on 08/21/2012

Horrible!

Get this thing into gear already! I hope MRC picks this project up.
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Get this thing into gear already! I hope MRC picks this project up.
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4:41AM on 08/21/2012

like ice skating uphill

At this point, they need to step back and look at what they are doing. as thembones said below, there is too much material here. you could do an entire movie just on his childhood from the start of his training to Mejis to Wind Through the Keyhole. Frankly, even doing it as an HBO series would be a challenge, considering the amount of extra stuff out there (graphic novels, short stories, etc). Its working for Game of Thrones pretty well but they are still trimming that down noticably. Im glad
At this point, they need to step back and look at what they are doing. as thembones said below, there is too much material here. you could do an entire movie just on his childhood from the start of his training to Mejis to Wind Through the Keyhole. Frankly, even doing it as an HBO series would be a challenge, considering the amount of extra stuff out there (graphic novels, short stories, etc). Its working for Game of Thrones pretty well but they are still trimming that down noticably. Im glad Ron is a fan but he needs to understand that a fan would want it done perfectly.
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2:23AM on 08/21/2012
Akiva Goldsman and Ron Howard are a really bad mix for this material and I think it's beyond them. Here's hoping that the project they envision keeps failing so that in 10-20 years a true visionary who truly understands this material will give us The Dark Tower in the best way possible. It took over 30 years of Lord of the Rings to journey through development hell until Peter Jackson worked his magic and we were all the better for it.
Akiva Goldsman and Ron Howard are a really bad mix for this material and I think it's beyond them. Here's hoping that the project they envision keeps failing so that in 10-20 years a true visionary who truly understands this material will give us The Dark Tower in the best way possible. It took over 30 years of Lord of the Rings to journey through development hell until Peter Jackson worked his magic and we were all the better for it.
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12:46AM on 08/21/2012

TOO MUCH MATERIAL

Considering you have 7 books to deal with and the last 4 easily could be 2 movies each. To do the story justice you would need to make approximately 10 to 12 movies. They managed to compress the life out of Harry Potter and thank the cinematic and literary gods they've decided to make a 3rd Hobbit movie. Such full stories shouldn't be squeeze out for a few dollars just for the sake of churning out crap. Integrity must play a role and with the loyal fans of Dark Tower being what they are,
Considering you have 7 books to deal with and the last 4 easily could be 2 movies each. To do the story justice you would need to make approximately 10 to 12 movies. They managed to compress the life out of Harry Potter and thank the cinematic and literary gods they've decided to make a 3rd Hobbit movie. Such full stories shouldn't be squeeze out for a few dollars just for the sake of churning out crap. Integrity must play a role and with the loyal fans of Dark Tower being what they are, one bad beginning movie could sink the franchise and we'd never see the end. Just ask anyone who loved the Golden Compass. Do you think we'll ever see that trilogy completed?
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12:31AM on 08/21/2012
double post.
double post.
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12:31AM on 08/21/2012
I've always said this would be better off being a TV show than a movie. Put it on HBO or Showtime and work some magic.
I've always said this would be better off being a TV show than a movie. Put it on HBO or Showtime and work some magic.
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