Universal bails on THE DARK TOWER

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 19th, 2011

Hey, they at least deserve a bit of credit for trying.

History lesson. A while back, Universal revealed that not only were they going to be bringing us an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, but that it would be an unprecedented event. Three films would be crafted, the first to be helmed by Ron Howard, as well as a TV series that would fill in the time between the respective films. They did find a lead, Javier Bardem, but now, that appears to be all for naught.

Deadline is reporting that Universal has cancelled plans for the project, killing the entire set up. It remains to be seen as to the state of the project itself, but for the time being, Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman are looking behind the eight ball here. Could they ship the project to another studio? Let’s just say that this news has left the film world with more questions than answers with regards to the project.

However, it also boasts an odd move for Universal. Home to a cavalcade of iconic genre characters and projects; DRACULA, THE WOLFMAN, etc., this is just one of a few projects Universal has nixed within the genre world. This and Guillermo del Toro’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS were both stated as huge money sucks, so maybe it’s due to the fact that the studio may be hurting for a hit, but it’s just interesting to see a usually gutsy studio continue to skip out on some really interesting projects.

What do you think?

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