Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series of novels is like a nerd dream come true. There are so many books, so many characters, and so much story that you could spend countless hours getting lost in them. But what makes them such a beloved set of novels also makes them a hugely daunting task for a film adaptation. Despite the popularity of the series, and the name brand value of Stephen King going back for decades, in order to present the “Dark Tower” series in any sort of respectable light it would take countless millions of dollars and who knows how much screen time.
When Universal green lit the series for production and announced that it would become not just a trilogy of films, but instead a trilogy of films with two television series sandwiched in between their releases, it seemed too good to be true. Never before had we seen that level of commitment to a source material or that amount of ambition put into a project. But now there are rumblings that this whole scheme might not come to pass after all.
You see, that plan was made back before there was a bunch of big corporate shakeups in the world of NBCUniversal and Steve Burke was named the new CEO of the company. Such is life when the biggest movie studios are one and the same with the biggest corporations. Now everything that costs big bucks is being looked over with a new set of eyes and a project that consists of three movies and two seasons of television has to be looking like an unnecessary risk. Honestly, I can’t say that I would be too upset if this version of the “Dark Tower” adaptation didn’t happen. I like the ballsy commitment to throwing so much time and money behind the story, but Ron Howard as the director throws up huge red flags to me. Suffice to say, I’m not his biggest fan in the world. And that’s not even getting in to how I feel about Akiva Goldsman as a writer. I wouldn’t be heartbroken to see this one go back up on the shelf for a couple years and then come back with less depressing names attached on the creative end. I say give it to Jonathan Nolan to write and Debra Granik to direct. Of course, I say that just to stir debate. [Variety]