Ron Howard to adapt Dark Tower?

Grazer and Goldsman also on board...


It's often a safe bet adapting a Stephen King story, with the likes of The Shining, Stand By Me and Carrie, you're certainly guaranteed a good plot at least.

So it's no surprise that director Ron Howard is looking to adapt his fantasy The Dark Tower. The book, which has also become a graphic novel, will be turned into a film, providing the base for a TV spin off series.

Howard, who will be working with producer Brian Grazer (Frost/Nixon) and producer/writer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend), is hoping to make the film and then let Imagine's TV department take over the running of the series.

The Dark Tower, which is a mixture of horror, fantasy and western genres, centres around Roland Deschain - the last gunslinger of his kind on a quest to save the world.

Although it all sounds very exciting, we'll be waiting to see what happens - it's not the first time the rights have been bought - it was initially designed as a project for the Lost producers (in case they were feeling a bit errr lost?) after the series ended - but sadly it became too complicated and rights were returned to King.

So will Howard and his movie men of the apocalypse be riding off into the sunset with this one? Or will it become another production showdown?

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    • xenomom14

      May 1st 2010, 0:01

      I have been waiting a long time to see this project in the hands of someone as qualified and talented as Mr. Howard, so this is very exciting to hear. I just hope that it all works out! Now, if he will only get someone great to play Roland, personally, I can't think of anyone who better personifies the gunslinger than Michael Biehn, and I've said this before. He was born for this role, JMHO.

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    • Ali1748

      May 1st 2010, 10:32

      Good luck Ron.

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