Earlier this month, fans of The Dark Tower were given a ray of hope when Warner Bros. expressed interest in picking up the ambitious project after Universal turned it down. The studio received a new draft of the screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, with Russell Crowe in contention to play Roland Deschain. Today, we have word that Warner Bros. decided to pass on the project.
To be honest it’s not that surprising, as director Ron Howard has incredibly ambitious and expensive plans for the adaptation, which would be a massive risk for anyone who wants to take it on, especially as the director wants any financier to sign on for the whole project, rather than just seeing how things go as they go along.
The plan is to produce a trilogy of movies, with two limited-run TV series between each movie. Director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer will still try to shop the project to other studios, although it isn’t known if Russell Crowe will still be available to star. The story centres on Roland Deschain, the last in a line of gunslingers who journeys to The Dark Tower, in a last-ditch effort to save humanity. (Source: Variety)