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The long saga of THE DARK TOWER’s trek to the screen has just taken another turn, as J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company no longer has the rights to Stephen King’s supernatural book series. Instead, Ron Howard and co. will be taking a crack at it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Howard, his longtime Imagine Entertainment producing partner Brian Grazer and screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman are in talks to start out with a feature film that Howard would direct from a Goldsman script, which would be followed by a series from Imagine’s TV division. While a deal hasn’t been hammered out yet, it seems likely that Universal, where Imagine hangs its shingle, would release the movie. King’s saga of Roland the Gunslinger has so far encompassed seven novels (with an eighth on the way) and short story, plus a series of graphic novels from Marvel Comics, the latest of which comes out May 19.
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