Universal cancels “The Dark Tower”

Written by John Shannon. Posted in News

Published on July 19, 2011 with No Comments

Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment have been shopping around an adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. The adaptation involves three feature films and two seasons of television, and Howard hoped to shoot the first film and season of TV during the same time period in effort to cut costs.

Universal has been circling the property for months, but word today leaked that Universal has passed. The studio has been playing tight with their money for some time now, and even the chances they’ve taken recently (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Land of the Lost, Paul) haven’t paid off well for them. Bottom line is Dark Tower could bankrupt them if they fail. Howard and Co. can still bring their proposal to other studios, and Deadline reports executives at Warner Bros are thinking of taking the ambitious project on board.

King’s Dark Tower is a seven part series of fantasy novels, and Warner Bros have proven to be quite successful when it comes to these things. We’ll report more news as the story develops.

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John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at refocusjohn@gmail.com and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon

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