The Dark Tower Still Being Shopped By Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Despite the project being dropped by Universal, producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are still actively shopping the massive Stephen King project around Tinsletown.
Producer Brian Grazer told the NY Post that despite Universal backing out on the adaption of Stephen King's gunslinger series, The Dark Tower, both he and Ron Howard have not given up on the project.
The project is planned to be a movie trilogy with two television seasons set between films to bridge the gap between movies. Grazer stated that Ron Howard is, “trying to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio].” He also went on to say that they are still committed to the TV series and will pursue other network or even produce the episodes straight to Netflix. The most intriguing details to emerge from Grazer was the fact that Javier Bardem is still attached to star as the gunslinger Roland Deschain. However, nothing will begin on the project until next year add Grazer, "“Ron is now going to be working on the Formula One racing movie ‘Rush’ about Niki Lauda, so the soonest we could do it would be June next year.” Grazer, will also be busy, working on the Hoover biopic “J. Edgar” starring Leo DiCaprio.
Back on September 8, 2010, it was officially confirmed that the series would be brought to both the big and the small screens via a trilogy of feature films and two seasons of a television series to bridge gaps between the films. According to a press release from Universal Pictures from October 29, 2010, the first Dark Tower film would open on May 17, 2013. On July 19, 2011, Universal pulled its support from the production of the Dark Tower films and television series. According to reports, the studio was unable to come to terms with producer Ron Howard.
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