The Dark Tower cuts $45m from its budget

Producer Brian Grazer: “It’s gonna get made”

It's been a good week for Stephen King fans. First Warner Bros. chooses Ben Affleck to adapt and direct The Stand and now it seems the movie version of The Dark Tower is back on track. 
The Dark Tower producer Brian Grazer (Tower Heist) is still busy pitching the project with director Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman and some big changes have added a new lease of life. 
“We found a way to cut $45m out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending," Grazer told The Playlist. 
“In the $140m draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45m, $50m out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made.” 
Stephen King's epic multi-book story follows Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger in Mid-World, as he pursues the Man in Black on his journey to The Dark Tower. 
The plan is to shoot three films and follow that with two seasons on TV. See, we told you it was epic.

Happy to hear some positive news about this project? Or does it sound like the whole thing's going to be watered down? Tell us below! 


    • frontyp

      Oct 25th 2011, 0:00

      Good news but hopefully they choose someone else for the role of Roland, I like Javier Bardem but I don't think he is suitable

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    • clearwriter

      Oct 25th 2011, 1:54

      I really hope this falls through - all the way through! Howard and Grazer have nothing in there CVs that make them in anyway suitable; let's face it, Howard hasn't got a lot to write home about lately in general. Please, if it do ya, let this travesty end.

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    • gonzoBen

      Oct 25th 2011, 9:06

      Ron Howard's head is actually made of baseball cap.

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    • alexr

      Oct 25th 2011, 10:51

      I love Stephen King's work, and I hate how it generally gets b*****dised, with film makers taking out everything controversial and good and watering down the horror with more 'mainstream' ideas. Stephen King has the mind of a genius, but I am glad I don't live in there...

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    • SiMan

      Oct 25th 2011, 23:11

      Have to agree with FrontyP - Think Bardem is a terrific actor, but just can't see him in this role.

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