Yesterday, it looked like Ron Howard’s ambitious adaptation of the Stephen King novel series The Dark Tower might have been dead in the water when Warner Brothers became the second major studio to pass on financing the three-film, two-television mini-series project. At the time, I noted that it seemed unlikely that another studio would come forward to pick up the project. But I guess I wasn’t prescient enough to see that someone who wasn’t a studio would step up to the plate.
Deadline is reporting that Media Rights Capital is currently in “serious talks” with Howard and his Imagine Entertainment to fund the epic post-apocalyptic western.
MRC is the group who helped fund Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Ted and who are also backing Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming science-fiction action film Elysium with Matt Damon.
Although MRC does have a distribution deal with Universal, it is not readily apparent if the studio will release the film after already having passed on the project before.