From Mr. Disgusting: You guys have no idea how lucky you are. The technological leap we’ve made over the past 5 years is astounding and has created so many opportunities for beloved fan projects to regain footing. No longer will network television have a stranglehold on deciding the fate of the show if not enough millions of people watch it.
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos spoke with Stuff.tv about the return of “Arrested Development,” and the newly minted “House of Cards.” Within the conversation, they begin tackling the tough questions, what other shows would he resurrect?
They ask him about “Arrested Development” creator Ron Howard circling Stephen King’s defunct The Dark Tower, which garned a shocking response: “I spoke to Ron about it, actually,” said Sarandos. “The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.”
The interviewer digs harder asking about “Twin Peaks,” receiving a bold proclamation of “Absolutely!” while also adding that they could even bring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” back: “That’s one that’ll come up on everyone’s list. She’s a great character. If it was my property I’d do infrequent movies. There’s not enough kick-ass female characters like that.”
What would you like to see back on the small screen (and don’t say “Get a Life”)? READ MORE
Update: Media Rights Capital is in serious talks to take on The Dark Tower, reports Deadline. MRC’s Modi Wiczyk is a big fan of the Stephen King novel series. MRC next has the Neill Blomkamp-directed Elysium with Matt Damon.
The ambitious journey of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series to the bigscreen and TV has hit another setback, as Warner Bros., which had been in talks to take it on after Universal let it go, has also decided to not move forward, Variety reports.
Ron Howard would direct and produce along with Brian Grazer and King through Grazer and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment banner. Warner Bros. had no comment. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman had recently delivered his latest draft for the film’s first installment and Russell Crowe had shown interest in playing the lead if Warners gave the film a greenlight.
The series revolves around gunslinger Roland Deschain who roams an Old West-like landscape in search of a dark tower, in hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
Grazer and Howard’s idea for taking on the series would involve three films and two limited run TV series. HBO would possibly handle the TV series component since both it and WB are owned by TimeWarner.
The mag adds that Imagine is still able to take the project back out to other studios, but this latest news is a blow to the film’s future — when Universal first let go of the film, most insiders around town believed WB was its best chance of getting made.
Warner Bros is getting a new script from Akiva Goldsman for the first installment of Stephen King’s mammoth Western The Dark Tower, and within two weeks, the studio will be making a decision on whether to green light the first leg of one of the most daring and ambitious projects to come along since The Lord Of The Rings, reports DL.
Javier Bardem is no longer in the mix as gunslinger Roland Deschain. Director Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Goldsman have been talking with their A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe (pictured) about playing Deschain. The story will be told through three films and two limited run TV series.
“‘The Dark Tower’ is about the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, with Deschain becoming humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an Old West feel.“
And the The Dark Tower saga continues. Back in November Ron Howard managed our expectations a bit by saying, “These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways. But I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it.”
That may be happening. Per Deadline, “I hear that Warner Bros is now very close to a deal that will give Ron Howard the chance to direct at least the first feature, potentially with Javier Bardem starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain. And Akiva Goldsman (who wrote the script) is producing with Brian Grazer and the author. Basically they bought Goldsman’s script and are paying him to do a polish. Howard remains attached to direct, likely in first quarter 2013. Pic is a co-production between Goldsman’s Weed Road and Howard and Grazer’s Imagine. Bardem’s participation would depend upon his availability, but he was firmly attached when the project was at Universal.”
In short, if you’re a fan of Roland Deschain this could be very good news. READ MORE
And the back and forth game of expectations for The Dark Tower continues. Just last week producer Brian Grazer dropped a few hopeful remarks but now Ron Howard is here to manage expectations.
Mind you, he’s not putting the kibosh on the whole thing, but he doesn’t want you marking your calendar either.
Howard tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We are continuing to work on the script to find ways to make the budget more manageable and still deliver the work in a way that the project deserves. We were always racing and fast-tracking the project, so I always wince when I see something written about it and there’s a release date in there. These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways. But I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it.”
My take? I honestly believe all involved want this to happen. It just seems like it could go either way. Life is short, budgets are big and schedules are tight. READ MORE
Those of you who gave up on The Dark Tower, the mega-franchise based on a story by Stephen King, it’s time to get your spirits up.
Producer Brian Grazer tells The Playlist that not only have they cut the budget by a whopping $45 million, but they’ve also come up with a killer ending. “We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending,” he explains. “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.”
It’s kind of funny that he openly admits the budget was too big and that the ending sucked. Why then would Universal want to make that movie? Glad they got their priorities straight. Ron Howard was to direct the franchise that would arrive in the form of a trilogy with a TV series mixed in between.
The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger (that was to be played by Javier Bardem) as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world. READ MORE
Between this and the Arrested Development movie Ron Howard seems to baiting eternal harassment from the fans of projects that are never really going to happen.
Universal Pictures pulled the plug on The Dark Tower last month but producer Brian Grazer is claiming that their (INSANELY HUGE) project will still go forward.
Universal has officially placed the ambitious multiplatform franchise The Dark Tower in turnaround, a very black and cold place in Hollywood terminology.
Variety first reported that the studio had second thoughts about the film and TV project from Akiva Goldsman and helmer Ron Howard on May 5, when the studio began mulling a turnaround.
Tower involved a television show that would have continued the narrative in between three movies, all based on Steven King’s seven-novel series (King has completed an eighth, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” set for publication in 2012).
Howard unveiled plans for “The Dark Tower” adaptation last September. Universal soon came on as a distributor, thanks to Imagine’s production deal with the studio; NBC (or an affiliated cable net) was expected carry the TV component.
By April, scribe Mark Verheiden was brought on board to write the TV show along with Goldsman.
No financier has officially signed on to the project, but Warner Bros. could be a likely option since the studio is home to Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures shingle.
Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Goldsman were set to produce while Javier Bardem was attached to star.
Howard is expected to still helm the project if the studio shops it elsewhere and it finds a new home.
Though U declined to comment on the reasons behind the pass, sources said the franchise simply came at too high a price. The unprecedented package would have taken the franchise model to a new level, and sources said U’s issues were financial, not creative.
Welcome to the weekly previews for July 6th , 2011 here at Bloody-Disgusting.com! The truth is everyone would read all the books if they had the time and money, but in reality most of us don’t. Here you will find a little taste of some major comics being released each week, my take on them, and, as always, feels free to discuss below. Whether you have been into comics since you were a little one, or are new to the game, I’m here to help you decide which books are for you. I’ve picked out some comics I feel will stand out in the coming week and listed them under their respective publisher, with over a dozen previews of some of your favorite books such as “FEAR ITSELF”, “FLASHPOINT”, “GREEN WAKE”, and “HOUSE OF MYSTERY”. Read on for the skinny…
TV, film and comic book writer Mark Verheiden has been tapped to co-write with Akiva Goldsman the NBC TV series “The Dark Tower,” reports Deadline.
The project is part of a massive joint deal Universal Pictures and NBC Universal TV Entertainment signed back in September to turn Stephen King’s opus of best-selling novels — which have sold more than 30 million copies — into into a feature film trilogy and a TV series, both of them creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
As previously announced, Ron Howard will direct the series, which is envisioned as a bridge between the first and second movie in the trilogy. Universal Pictures will release the first, starring Javier Bardem as the gunslinger, on May 17, 2013.
The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world.
It’s always an exciting time watching a new franchise come into fruition. First, a studio acquires the rights, which gives us an idea how much freedom the filmmakers will have. A visual sense comes into form when they attach a director. Lastly, the cast will be the final representation of what to expect, at least until trailers and images begin to appear online.
Universal Pictures (The Bad), a studio known for diddling with a filmmaker’s vision a bit too much, will be getting behind The Dark Tower. Ron Howard (The Good) directs, who has more power than Universal, therefore we can expect greatness. Now, Javier Bardem (The Ugly) is finally close to sealing his deal to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in the mammoth adaptation of the Stephen King 7-novel series that’ll span three movies and a limited run TV series in between each film, reports Deadline. Perfect casting. There’s a lot to be excited for.
Production begins this September on the film, with Howard also confirmed to direct the first TV segment.
Bardem would play Deschain, who becomes humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an old West feel.
MTV caught up with producer Brian Grazer who expressed Javier Bardem’s commitment to the forthcoming The Dark Tower adaptation.
“He’s locked in psychologically,” Grazer said of Bardem’s desire to play Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger. “He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it.”
Ron Howard will direct the first of a potential trilogy that will also go multi-platform. Universal is aiming for a May 17, 2013 release. The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world.
About an hour ago the NY Post ran a story that Christian Bale has pulled ahead of Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen as Ron Howard and Stephen King’s choice for The Dark Tower main character, gunslinger Roland Deschain. Apparently they forgot to “check their sources.”
Deadline is now reporting that Bardem – who won an Oscar as the assassin in No Country For Old Men – has officially been offered the lead role by director Ron Howard and Universal Pictures.
Akiva Goldsman has scripted the first movie (due in theaters May 17, 2013), and will write the TV component as well.
There’s no mention of the NY Post’s rumor of the potential casting of “Dexter” star Jennifer Carpenter (also seen in Quarantine and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) or French/Moroccan Ghita Tazi for the role of Susannah, although I’d be hard pressed to believe anything in their old post.
Listening to Howard Stern yesterday morning, Ron Howard (an absolutely fantastic interview) revealed his plans for his The Dark Tower, the film and TV series adaptations based on Stephen King’s novels. First and foremost, he clarified everything was still in development, meaning things could still fall apart. In between the first two movies, Howard states he plans a six-hour miniseries bridging the gap. Lastly, he confirmed that Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) are the current frontrunners for the role of Roland Deschain. For a project in development, things appear to be progressing at a rapid pace. May 2013 is still a ways out…
The NY Post is reporting that Pirates of the Caribbean beauty Naomie Harris is being considered for the female lead in the Ron Howard’s eagerly anticipated The Dark Tower trilogy. No other info is available. The Stephen King-penned books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world. Universal Pictures plans to release the first of three films on May 17, 2013. A TV show tie-in is also planned.
The first TV Spot has been released for Patrick Lussier’s Drive Angry 3D (set report), which follows a vengeful father (Nicolas Cage) who hunts down the people who brutally killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. As the chase gets bloodier by the mile, his rescue spins out of control, leaving bodies strewn along the highway. Amber Heard (Pineapple Express), Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) and David Morse (Disturbia) also star. Patrick Lussier directs from the original screenplay he co-wrote with Todd Farmer who previously collaborated with him on My Bloody Valentine 3D.
Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has set off a casting frenzy in Hollywood. Agents are tripping over themselves to land their clients coveted roles in what promises to be a blockbuster film (trilogy) and television franchise. Leading the pack for the principal character, Roland Deschain, is Javier Bardem (the scary dude in No Country for Old Men), with Viggo Mortensen a close second, sources tell the NY Post. Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have a deal with Universal that will translate into a TV show and three movies, all using the same cast. Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King. According to reports, they plan to start with an epic movie, then continue the story with the TV series, followed by a second film, and then a second TV season showing gunslinger Deschain as a young man. Then, the third movie will end the saga with Deschain as an older man.
It’s Friday night and I want to kick back, eat some Pizza Hut and watch a movie – so I’m gonna be this snappy. Director Ron Howard chatted up The Dark Tower with the LA Times, and openly revealed a few potential actors who could don the role of gunslinger Roland Deschain in the live-action adaptation: “As this point in the process, most filmmakers would never engage in casual banter about the possible actors but Howard didn’t dodge the topic and nodded when names such as Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned.” He added, “Sure, those are some names and on ‘The Dark Tower’ fansites they’re all about Viggo [Mortensen].” The Stephen King books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world. Expect three films, the first in theaters May 17, 2013.
Update: Fox will release Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in theaters on June 22, 2012. We have a couple of new boxoffice adjustments before the weekend. Summit Entertainment will release Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer’s Drive Angry 3D in theaters on February 25, 2011, two weeks later than previously scheded. Universal Pictures has locked the Hasbro board game adaptation of Ouija, which is being produced by Platinum Dunes, for release on November 9, 2012. Lastly, Ron Howard’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower kicks off the summer of 2013 on May 17. You can get details on all three released by clicking any title above.
It is not a good day for Roland Deschain and his ka’tet. Nor is it a good day for any of those who still hold hope that Mid-World can be saved from the evils of John Farson, the Good Man. Last issue we were left with the horrifying vision of one of Farson’s hench-monsters killing Randolph’s wife and taking his son captive after the good guys had just scored a major victory on the Good Man. But now the tables have seemingly turned back in the direction of those who would wish to see the Tower crumble, and with a traitor seemingly in their midst it would not look as if things bode well for the Gunslinger.
It’s no secret that “THE DARK TOWER” is one of the single best sci-fi series to ever grace the hands of its readers no matter what form it is in. And even though the movie rights have come and gone through producer after producer’s fingertips, leaving fans both disappointed and annoyed, the titular ongoing Marvel series has been something of a band-aid for those wounds. Many had speculated however that with the latest arc “BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL” that the series might be saying its farewell. But fear not Dark Tower faithful, because today Marvel revealed the cover and story for the yet another arc in the journey of Roland Deschain as he continues the fight against Farson and his followers! But this time he’s alone. Read on for the skinny. READ MORE
It is arguable that Stephen King’s best work right now is coming from his guidance in the world of comics as he oversees Peter David and the crew behind “THE DARK TOWER: BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL” over at Marvel. Both his titles (“THE DARK TOWER”, “THE STAND”) are some of the most polished pieces of illustrated fiction coming to readers each and every month. And tomorrow marks a huge moment for the series as the events of last issue promise to pale in comparison to the tragedy that is about to unfold. Read on for the exciting preview of issue #3!