Ron Howard dishes details on The Dark Tower delay

“We’re starting in early Spring”

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Ron Howard has cleared up some of the confusion surrounding the delay in getting his adaptation of The Dark Tower into production.

The ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s soon-to-be eight tome book series is set to become a movie trilogy and a tie-in TV series, making it one of the biggest projects ever attempted in Hollywood.

Understandably, that means there’s a lot of money at play, which is the main cause of the project’s delay.

“We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues,” director Howard tells EW, “but Dark Tower is moving forward.

“We’re thinking of starting in early spring now… We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.”

Meanwhile, in a bit of a blow, Howard revealed that Javier Bardem hasn’t actually signed on to play the series’ enigmatic lead wanderer Roland. Yet.

“I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet,” Howard continues, “but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest.”

The first instalment of The Dark Tower was being scheduled for May 2013, but these numerous delays could mean Tower fans will have to wait a bit longer to see the story realised on film.

Hopeful that Bardem will sign on for the franchise? Or think Viggo Mortensen should still be in the running? Talk to us below...


    • Brad79

      May 27th 2011, 23:40

      Viggo Mortensen is the only choice. Clint Eastwood would have been perfect but he's sadly too old now. He'd make a great father Callahan though. Javier Bardem just doesn't look like Roland. He just isn't right. No-matter how good an actor he is. Read more: Javier Bardem in the running for The Dark Tower |

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    • FBAWells

      May 28th 2011, 12:20

      Tall and lean, with a face carved from a lifelong obsession, the man with blue/greay bombadiers eyes. Yes this is Viggo Mortensen. Javier Bardem is an outstanding actor, but does not have the look. Howard says the look isn't important, but how often is the blue of Rolands eyes, the steel in his look referred to in the books. Plus Bardem is too pretty, Roland is not, he's supposed to be good looking in an unconventional way. Like Mortensen. Look at the world weary character in the road and the strength of characted in TLOTR trilogy and Viggo is the only person I could see as Roland Deschain. Books are ruined by not considering these nuances. If Bardem is picked, then Ron Howard has forgotten the face of his father.

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