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Monday, October 24, 2011

THE DARK TOWER Will Get Made

A while back, Universal pulled the plug on the epic three movie and two TV series adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower". Ron Howard was set to direct and Javier Bardem to star in the lead role. Production was delayed until the studio finally decided to stop it for good because they had issues with the estimated budget. Now, much like Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger", which was resurrected after severe budget cuts, "The Dark Tower" seems to have reached a similarly favorable decision from Universal. According to producer Brian Grazer, in a recent interview :
"We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending,” Grazer said, suggesting a heavily re-worked approach. “In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made."

"The Dark Tower" is a series of seven (soon to be eight) novels written by Stephen King. The first of the books, called "The Gunslinger" follows a man named Roland Deschain in his quest to discover the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Ronald is part of an ancient order called gunslingers and the world he inhabits, which is somewhat similar to the American Old West, is undergoing a series of strange changes as nations are torn apart by war.



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