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And so the Dark Tower spectacle goeth on.
If you we’re hoping for some breaking news – headlines proclaiming that Ron Howard has started principal photography on the Dark Tower – well, perhaps you’d better go get back under the covers and take a long old snooze.
During the recent Rush premier in London, Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt caught up with Ron and inquired on the progress of the adaptation. A link to the audio can be found below but for your enjoyment, I’ve transcribed the part we’re interested in.
HOWARD: Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on and we’ve all sort of taken an agreed vow of silence about the progress – the headway, what we think our time table is – because I don’t think I realized, first of all how much media interest there was in the title, and how much excitement there was, and yet it’s a fascinating powerful possibility — even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation and nobody’s been heartbroken.
But it’s also from a – to be honest – from a financing side. It’s not a straight forward four-quadrant sunny Super Hero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. It’s that edge what appeals to me and the complexity of those characters is what appeals to all of us, and I think Stephen King really respects – with Akiva Goldsman and myself – that that’s what we love about it and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.
So the answer is, it’s got delayed in our minds, it’s never gone away, we’re working on it and he’s very patient with us. Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie and I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams, the fever dreams, are still with us.
We’re not going to give it a time table because it was always a bit over-reported in terms of when we thought the start date was and it was hugely disappointing when we didn’t meet that date…blah blah blah. I don’t think it’s a project that really benefits from being scrutinized in that way.
HEWITT: Okay, well that’s just one thing, but I’m sure your vow of silence will cover it. Stephen King himself appears in the Dark Tower. Have you thought about how you might tackle that?
HOWARD: Yes, and I will admit that Stephen King said, “I don’t have to be in this”. But that’s not to say that he won’t be!
Listen to the full Empire Magazine interview in which Ron talks about Rush, Dark Tower and Arrested Development over at SoundCloud — fast forward to the 46 minute mark.