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The Dark Tower Falls
Taking a pass
By Robert T. Trate
August 21, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Cover art to Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead #1 by Jae Lee
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Several months ago Entertainment Weekly wrote a very different headline: “The Dark Tower" lives.“ Now it seems as "The Dark Tower" has fallen.
Anthony Breznican has the full scoop on what's been going on over at Warner Brothers and the Stephen King Property:
"...when Warner Bros. executives began considering filmmaker Ron Howard’s proposal for a multi-movie adaptation of Stephen King’s six-gun-and-sorcery fantasy epic. (The movie — and an accompanying TV series — had already been dropped as too expensive and too risky by Howard’s home studio of Universal Pictures.)
Sadly, for those hoping to see Roland the gunslinger’s quest on the big screen, Warner Bros. has come to the same conclusion, sources close to the project confirm.
The decision, first reported by Variety, is not a total death blow to Howard and his production company Imagine Entertainment’s efforts to bring the eight-novel series to life on the big and small screens — but it is a serious and potentially mortal wound.
Few studios have the resources for such a massive undertaking, and reluctance on the part of Universal and Warner Bros. signals that those who do also see danger in the prospect.
King’s Dark Tower novels have a savage edge that, done faithfully, would assure an R-rating — cutting out a huge swath of audience that helped make The Lord of the Rings a global blockbuster. Meanwhile, watering down the violence in the stories might guarantee a more commercial-friendly PG-13 rating, but would surely rankle devotees of the books, who would be the films’ core audience.
HBO’s Game of Thrones has tackled the same genre while retaining the blood and sex that give George R.R. Martin’s books their bite, and many fans have said a cable series could prove to be the last — and perhaps best — hope for Imagine’s plans".