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With Universal’s growing wariness of ambitious geek-oriented
projects, plenty of rumor has buzzed about the livelihood of the planned
multi-part adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER series, but Ron Howard
has updated the world on its prospects.
Speaking to EW about the latest talk, that the project’s
start date has been pushed to January 2012, Howard says it’s looking more like
next spring. “We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget
delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but DARK TOWER is
moving forward. We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really
say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest.
We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid. “
Discussing the proposed television series in between film,
Howard says, “There are elements of the DARK TOWER saga that are more personal
and can be best dealt with on television. TV allows you to roll out details of
the characters in a more methodical way.”
The series, of course, sees Roland, the last of the
gunslingers in All-World embark on a journey to the Dark Tower to fix a world
that has “moved on.”
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