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The Dark Tower ‘still in development’

September 18th, 2013 by bash Comments

Ron Howard has been speaking about his plans on bringing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to the big screen.

During an interview with Empire Podcast, the Apollo 13 director, who has been developing the potential franchise with Akiva Goldsman, said it was “something that we’re still working on”.

“We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was,” he said.

Howard and Goldsmith have previously voiced the idea of a three-film adaptation that would be bridged by two TV miniseries seasons. The last we heard on the project was that Warner Bros. had passed but MRC might be looking to pick up the rights.

Howard conintued: “It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.”

Howard added that the film continues to move forward slowly but surely, it’s just that it’s been delayed: “So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie, I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.”

Howard’s latest film, Rush, opens in theaters on September 27.

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