Since this page is only about to really start feeding you with news and infos about The Dark Tower book series by Stephen King, here`s a brief introduction and summary of the history of facts and rumors that took place during recent years concerning the movie adaptation:
February 2007 (yes, that’s a really long time ago!)- First rumors about a movie adaption of Stephen King`s The Dark Tower. Designated director of this project was J.J. Abrams, the creator of the tv show “Lost”. Shortly after this news, Stephen King himself confirms on the New York Comic-Con that he has sold the option rights for bringing the Dark Tower to the big screen to Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abams for 19 Dollars.
September 2008 – Speculations about 7 (seven!) possible movies. Damon Lindelof in an interview talks about further details of the planned movie adaption and mentions up to seven movies. A first fan-made trailer of the movies appears on Youtube.
May 2009 – Filming of the Dark Tower about to start? In an interview with MTV Movies Blog, Damon Lindelof confirms that he is working on the Dark Tower movie adaption together with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Filming about to start in 2011. He mentioned Paramount Studio as a candidate partner.
November 2009 – Lindelof and Abrams are out. Both Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams report that they will not continue in the Dark Tower project due to the complexity of this long-term project and the high public exspectations.
April 2010 – Rumors that Ron Howard will continue the project. Darktowermovies.com reports that Ron Howard possibly will take over the project together with Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman. Apparently at this stage, they planned to make one movie continued by a tv show. In case of success they then would continue with further movies.
September 2010 – Announcement of three movies plus tv show. Universal and NBC confirm that together with Ron Howard there will be a Dark Tower adaptation and announce three movies and a tv show. They also mention Akiva Goldsman to be involved as writer and producer.
November 2010 – Announcement of release date. Universal announces the release date for the first Dark Tower movie: May 17th, 2013. Amongst others, Javier Bardem is discussed to play Roland Deschain.
July 2011 – Universal cancels the project without telling further details.
October 2011 – The project continues. As reported on stephenking.com, Brian Grazer as producer will continue to work on the project together with HBO and Ron Howard. They plan to shorten the script and cut down the budget.
March 2012 – Warner Bros. announces to continue the project. The team further will include Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer and Mark Verheiden. There are still rumors that HBO will team up to produce a tv show in parallel. According to rumors, shooting was planned to be started in late 2013.
July 2012 – Russel Crowe as Roland Deschain? According to a report by Deadline.com, Akiva Goldsman currently is writing the script and will submit it for review to Warner Bros very soon. Rumors about Russel Crowe (known from Gladiator) to be a new Roland Deschain candidate are spreading.
August 2012 – Warner Bros decides against the Dark Tower. Again, and similar than Universal before them, Warner decides not to continue the project. It seems that the project is just to big and/or risky for them. No official reasons are given. Only days after this, Media Rights Capital (MRC) is mentioned as a new partner for the project.
November 2012 – Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean? Cinemablend.com reports that Aaron Paul, known from Breaking Bad, has expressed his interests to participate in the Dark Tower movie adaptation.
May 2013 – Netflix taking over the project? According to a report by Stuff.tv, there seems to be another realistic scenario for the Dark Tower to finally reach the cinemas. Ted Sarandon (Netflix) confirms in an interview that he was in talks with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer about the Dark Tower project and will continue these.
Basically this is all that happened until today. Disappointingly, a long list of back and forth, but somehow my impression is that apparently enough people are seriously interested to make this prestigious project a big success. After all, I hope they make sure that they do it right, even if this will take some more years.
Stay tuned for more Dark Tower News!
Until then: Long Days and Pleasant Nights!