Ron Howard’s hoped for epic adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower novel series has received another major blow as Warner Brothers has passed on doing the project. Howard had initially developed the project at Universal through his Imagine Entertainment production company. The plan was to create a trilogy of films which would be linked by two two television series. Warners was considered a good home for the project thanks to their ownership of HBO.
Variety broke the story, saying that following the recent receipt of screenwriter’s Akiva Goldsman’s latest script draft the studio has decided not to move forward with the project. That sounds euphemistically to me like Warners was balking over the projected cost of the project.
Howard and producer Brian Glaser still have the option to shop the series around to other studios, but with two studios already passing I don’t see anyone else stepping up to the plate.