When it comes to the Dark Tower movie adaptation, time has certainly become soft. It’s been nine months since we last heard any real news from Ron Howard (yikes!) and although we do have a couple of new nuggets of information, the bottom line is that we still don’t know when he will start filming.
Last August, right when we found out that Warner had jumped ship, we immediately heard rumors that MRC (the studio behind last summer’s comedy hit, Ted) we’re interested in making Howard’s adaptation. At the time it really was just a rumor, but last week, during the opening of this years Cannes festival, we’re told that, “Media Rights Capital is committed to make a single movie with Russell Crowe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, with more movie’s coming if the first gets results”. Accordingly, “this isn’t set in stone”.
Another interesting comment given to Deadline reporter, Mike Flemming, is that Brian Grazer has been “approached by a Silicon Valley investor willing to finance Dark Tower as originally constructed, Now it’s a matter of deciding what path to take”. Hmm, that sounds intriguing.
At the beginning of May, Stuff.tv ran an interview with Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, who it seems has been discussing the franchise with Ron Howard and had this to say when asked if Netflix could pick it up, “I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.”
Howard’s idea for the Dark Tower was to make three films interspersed with a couple of TV series. It’s unlikely Sarandos was talking about being involved in the movie’s, but perhaps Netflix could take on production of the TV series.
Very little news of substance, but certainly the most interesting is regarding that investor. We know those people down in Silicon Valley have sock-draws full of cash just waiting to be spent and if this anonymous person also happens to be a huge Dark Tower fan, then they could well want Howard’s original conception (does that mean before the budget cuts?) and that would suit me just fine.