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The Dark Tower Movie is a speculative project where The Dark Tower Series may be translated into a movie or a series of movies or, most recently, a television series. The film rights for a movie based off of the books currently resides with Ron Howard's entertainment company, Imagine Entertainment.
2007: It was announced by Stephen King that he had sold the rights to the Dark Tower to be made into a movie for an alleged 19 million dollars, a number of some significance within the series. He sold the rights to Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams.
2008: Rumors began circling the web as to who will portray Roland. Christian Bale was a huge name being dropped at this time.
November 2009: Abrams and Lindelof dropped out of the project.
April 2010: Ron Howard and his company, Imagine Entertainment, in conjunction with Universal Studios took on the project and decided to make it into a trilogy of feature-length films and two seasons of a television series in between the film releases. It was announced that Javier Bardem will play the lead role of Roland.
July 2010: Universal announced that they would not be making The Dark Tower into a movie. The production rights for any Dark Tower movie remain with Ron Howard.
September 2011: Ron Howard and Brian Glazer are still looking for ways to distribute the Dark Tower project. Although they predict that the movie won't get made for another year, they plan to sell the rights to a major studio.
Originally supposed to be split into three movies with television spin-offs, Glazer has stated that they plan to create TV spin-offs (or even Netflix) in the case that movie projects don't go through. In the case that a movie does get made, Javier Bardem is still attached to the role of protagonist Roland Deschain.
October 2011: Brian Grazer said that the television portion of the Dark Tower movies will be aired on HBO. It is unknown which studio will make the feature length films. Grazer and Howard have reduced the budget of the movie by 45 million dollars.
August 20th, 2012: Warner Brothers Studios announced that they were dropping the ownership of the Dark Tower Movie rights. They had Russell Crowe attached to the role of Roland at the time
August 21th, 2012: One day after the Warner Brother announcement a new backer expressed interest in the Dark Tower property. Media Rights Capital expressed interest in backing the project.
May 2013: At the Cannes Festival, MRC anounced they are commited to making one movie with Russell Crowe as Roland with more films if it get the results they are looking for. In an interesting twist of events Grazer mentioned to a Deadline reporter that there is a "Silicon Valley Investor" who is interested in funding the project the original way it was planned with multiple movies and limited tv series. It also appears that there have been talks with Netflix to have them involved in the project as well.
September 17th, 2013: Although production has not begun for films or a television series, director Ron Howard said that he has talked with Stephen King and that they are both still very interested in making an on-screen adaptaion of the Dark Tower.
January 24th, 2014: Actor Aaron Paul, best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman in AMC's Breaking Bad, stated that he's met with Ron Howard many times about potentially playing the role of Eddie Dean.
Late 2014: Artwork completed for the series by Gregory Hill is leaked.
January 2015: Stephen King talks Dark Tower movie: confirms that it is still in the works, even if process is slow.
April 2015: Funding for the project by Sony and MRC is confirmed.
June 2015: Talks of getting Nikolaj Arcel (director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, among other works), to direct the adaptations is revealed.
August 2015: A release date of January 13, 2017 is set for the first instalment of the Dark Tower series
Movie News UpdatesEdit
- Hollywood Reporter
- The Dark Tower - Film and TV News Tracker (Official)
- Dark Tower: Gunslinger - News from the Movie and TV Series
- The Dark Tower Movie on IMDB
- Deadline.com - Media Rights Capital in Talks for Dark Tower Rights
- /Film - 'The Dark Tower' Could Still Become an Elaborate Movie/TV Adaptation
- Deadline.com - Cannes: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Introduce Imagine 2.0; A Pele Pic On The Croisette, A Crowd-Funded ‘Friday Night Lights’, ‘Dark Tower’, Jay-Z And One Angry White Whale
- MRC Studios