Ron Howard Climbs <i>The Dark Tower</i>

It's been a little while since we've heard an update on The Dark Tower. Last we heard, the plan was for Ron Howard to direct the first film in a planned trilogy before directing an accompanying network television series set to air before the second movie's release. Akiva Goldsman is on board as a writer and producer alongside Howard, Brian Grazer and Stephen King himself.

So, is there anything new to add? Not too much, other than the fact that Howard tells Deadline that he and his crew are in the thick of working on bringing Roland Deschain's tormented journey to theatergoers everywhere — as they should be, considering that Universal has already slapped a May 17, 2013 release date on the first film in the series.

"It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," the director said of his progress on the Dark Tower series. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign."

I'm certainly not alone in wondering how well this movie-TV-movie-TV-movie plan is going to work out, so hopefully we'll hear something a little more concrete in the near future.

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