Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s in-development adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series may be off the table at Universal, but they’re still intent on putting their ambitious transmedia project into production. Eventually.
Grazer told The New York Post’s Page Six that everything is on hold for at least a year while Howard continues to try “to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio].” The original plan called for a three-movie trilogy with a spinoff TV series to run between releases. Grazer said they’re still aiming for that, mentioning Netflix as a possible alternative to networks for the TV side of things. Javier Bardem is also still attached to star.
For the time being, Howard will focus on a completely different project. “Ron is now going to be working on the Formula One racing movie Rush about Niki Lauda, so the soonest we could do [The Dark Tower] would be June next year,” Grazer said.