Last year, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer came together with Universal Studios for a remarkably ambitious plan to adapt Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" novels into three feature films and two limited run TV series to be aired between each sequel. At the time it was considered almost unprecedented and thus it wasn't that surprising when Universal put the plans "on hiatus" back in May and the project appeared to be stalled.
However, in a new interview with MTV News, Grazer not only insists that the project is still alive, but it also has an impressive TV partner to air "The Dark Tower" on television.
"We're going to do ['The Dark Tower'] with HBO," said Grazer. "We'll do the TV with HBO, and we'll do the movie with… to be determined. We'll do it right."
The reason cited for the project's collapse at Universal was the budget; which the studio eventually balked at. At the time it was rumored that the studio simply wanted to do one film and see how it performed before committing to two additional sequels and the TV series.
Javier Bardem had been linked to play the lead character, Roland Deschain. But with the production delay, it appears that Bardem's next major role will be as the villain in the next James Bond film.
For "The Dark Tower" to go forward, one of the major film studios is going to have to step and commit a lot of money to this endeavor. Even Universal can't be counted out at this point, but for now "The Dark Tower" isn't quite ready to begin production.
Which movie studio do you think is most likely to pick up "The Dark Tower," Fox, Disney or Warner Brothers? Should the budget be cut down to the bone or should King's epic be a series of tentpole films? Let us know in the comment section below!