For the first time a Dark Tower deadline has been met! Warner Bros said they would will make their decision within two weeks and that’s what they’ve pretty much done; unfortunately, it’s bad news. Warner has decided to walk from the project, passing up a golden opportunity to make this Dark Tower franchise theirs.
In a quick interview with Deadline, Stephen King had this to say about Warner Bros’ decision,
“The Dark Tower, to me, and I’m not unbiased because I’m the writer on this thing, but to me it looks like gold on the ground waiting to be picked up.” — Stephen King
I think Deadline’s Mike Flemming sums up the announcement perfectly, “You need guts to find gold in this precarious time in the film business, and Warner Bros ultimately didn’t show any here.”
So, who’s got the guts?
Is this the end of the franchise? Who will step in and take on this ambitious project and reap the huge rewards?
Well, no sooner had Warner made the announcement than we’re hearing that MRC have immediately stepped forward and has started serious talks with the intent on making The Dark Tower happen.
MRC might be my own initials, but it ain’t I who’s stepped in. This is Media Rights Capital, the people behind the summer hit, Ted (with Mark Wahlberg) and the upcoming Elysium (with Matt Damon). Apparently Modi Wiczyk from MRC is a huge Stephen King fan, though there’s no official word from them yet.
If nothing else, it shows what depth The Dark Tower world has that it’s now gaining real attention from so many quarters – the biz is finally starting to understand what opportunities are available. I just hope Media Rights Capital have both the resources and balls to take this on.