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We're are still grieving over Universal’s decision to shut
down Guillermo del Toro’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. Now, the studio is
considering putting Ron Howard’s DARK TOWER saga into turnaround. Rat farts!
According to Variety, Universal’s DARK
TOWER movie trilogy and interlocking TV series could wind up being too much for
the studio to handle. Sources told Variety that in the past few days, the
project, based on Stephen King’s seven-book-and-counting series, has run into
budgetary complications that have caused Universal execs to rethink their
plans. Still, as of Thursday, Universal is moving ahead as if the project is
going forward. And producer Imagine Entertainment could shop the project to
another studio, either to partner with Universal or take over entirely.
Howard revealed his plans back in September to adapt THE DARK TOWER into three films, bridged by a pair of TV series. Javier Bardem’s deal to play the lead role of Roland Deschain is nearly closed, with Howard and Brian Grazer producing through Imagine, while Akiva Goldsman is set to write the script. Filming was supposedly to take place at Kaufman Astoria Studios, with May 17, 2013 targeted as a release date. We’ll keep you updated on THE DARK TOWER’s status as more news comes our way.
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