Media Rights Capital May Take On THE DARK TOWER
The company that developed Seth MacFarlane's summer surprise, Ted and Neill Blomkamp's science-fiction film Elysium is very interested in Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
Earlier today Stephen King's The Dark Tower was dealt a major blow when Warner Bros. decided to pass on the ambitious project. That made WB the second major studio to pass after Universal had the first crack at it. Two doors close and another opens. Deadline is reporting that Media Rights Capital is now in talks to take on The Dark Tower. MRC's co-founder, Mordecai Wiczyk, is said to have a strong affinity for novel series, and since MacFarlane's Ted has been such a huge hit this summer the company is flush with cash.
The project is backed with some pretty big names. Ron Howard would direct and produce with longtime collaborator Brian Grazer. The project is struggling for backing because of its unusual plan to have three feature films and two limited run TV series. It's going to take one hell of a maestro to pull it off, but Ron Howard is as solid a bet as they come. It also doesn't hurt to have actor Russell Crowe circling the lead role, gunslinger Roland Deschain.
After the discouraging news that WB passed on The Dark Tower, author, Stephen King has commented on the potential of the big screen adaptation.
"The Dark Tower, to me, and I’m not unbiased because I’m the writer on this thing, but to me it looks like gold on the ground waiting to be picked up."
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