Earlier this week Ron Howard joined Howard Stern on his morning show (Sirius XM) and gave us a few more juicy Dark Tower morsels to chew on. Although the focus of the interview was to promote Howard’s latest comedy The Dilemma, he said that his plan for the Dark Tower TV series, to take place between the first two movies, was to run it as a 6 hour mini-series – a lot can be said in six hours of TV so this is great to hear.
Howard also expanded on his previous comments that Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem are front runners to take on the role of Roland Deschain but also that, “there are other names on the list.”
According to the interview transcript (see below), Howard speculated that the names were leaked possibly through the actor’s agents.
“They [Mortensen and Bardem] are both artists, and so are some of the other people we’re thinking of. But this is the situation. They have to see, in this case, that we’re using both mediums to really tell a story and [commit for years]”
As I wasn’t able to catch the show myself, I’ve copied a (partial) transcript of the Ron Howard interview below.
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff–because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.”
Commenting on which television network would be used Howard stated, “[I] can’t go into the specifics of it, but NBC/Universal is doing it, and I think they’ll be able to look at all of their television networks and see where it belongs.”
The /Film, from which the transcript comes, also spoke with a fan who caught a moment with Howard after the interview;
“In a way it’s Stephen King’s life work. He’s woven those characters in and around so many stories…Hey look, there is always a risk when you adapt something and books are challenges. But I think a movie idea is there and if I have my way, and if everything goes according to plan, which is of course a big if–we’ll be doing movies, we’ll be doing television, and all of that isn’t just [to make money] but all of that is to be as comprehensive as possible. The idea of doing part of it on the big screen and part of it on television is to try to include absolutely as much of the books, and even the graphic novels, as possible.“