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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
© Marvel Entertainment

 

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".

Check out Anthony Breznican’s full story about The Dark Tower’s fate here on Entertainment Weekly


Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.

 

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GeoffMorton 8/21/2012 6:47:05 AM

 I think in movie form, the Dark Tower would be better served as a trilogy. Not a seven part sprawl. I read the books. I loved them. But King has become a very puffy writer and they're loaded with padding and self-indulgence. Break the whole thing down to three movies, jettison a ton of the "epic sprawl" and I think you'd have a pretty amazing fantasy series. I know it wouldn't be a literal translation of the books, but if you want a literal translation... the books are always there for you.

dkmcjr2 8/21/2012 7:09:34 AM

Treat it like Game of Thrones and put it on Cable.  Problem solved.

ddiaz28 8/21/2012 10:22:31 AM

 Looks like there is still a light at the end of the tunnel.  IGN reports that "Media Rights Capital, the company behind Seth MacFarlane's Ted and Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, is now in serious talks with Imagine Entertainment to finance The Dark Tower"  

There is still hope.  

Wiseguy 8/21/2012 11:44:39 AM

What ddiaz said, that was being reported yesterday why not included in the story.

jedibanner 8/21/2012 1:35:16 PM

Meh, no big loss.

Shellhead88 8/21/2012 3:03:40 PM

I might have to give The Dark Tower another chance. I read the Gunslayer and it was the first Steven King book I didn't like so I never read any of the other ones. Maybe being older now I'll understand it better. Right now sombody got be hooked on Robert Jordon The Wheel of Time series. I'm on book six of fourteen right now. He can be like Steven King because these books are 800 pages or more. So it might be a while befor I get to it.

wish 8/21/2012 3:38:01 PM

It's a great series and I really hope someone puts a little faith and money into it. 

Calibur454 8/21/2012 5:49:14 PM

you never know the same thing happened with lord of the rings new line said yes to a trilogy and look at what happened to it. Im still keeping my hopes up for this. If they want to do a tv series too have a studio like fx or amc handle that part. they have done well for themselves- especially amc with shows like breaking bad and hell on wheels. and fx with sons of anarchy anger management and wilfred

gutsmgee 8/21/2012 5:56:16 PM

Shellhead88: The first Gunslinger book does in fact suck...HOWEVER....The rest are great, just gotta get over the initial "Meh" of the first book. The Wheel of Time is super addictive until about book 7...then it's kind of like the X-Files...too many doors get opened, and lead nowhere.ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

 

deathjim 8/22/2012 2:28:07 AM

I loved the first book but still havent made it past the 4th keeps putting me to sleep maybe someday ill finish the series.

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