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Universal Pictures Abandons Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" Films

Posted: July 19th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Universal Pictures has been planning to start production on three "The Dark Tower" films and two limited TV series with Javier Bardem starring and Ron Howard (Da Vinci Code) on board to direct from a script by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, A Beautiful Mind).

At one point, the studio asked for the script to be altered in order to lower the budget of the package. That was done and everything seemed to be going well. But now comes word that Universal has completed abandoned the project, leaving the filmmakers without financing.

Nobody is talking about why the studio passed on "The Dark Tower," but it is likely why it also passed on Guillermo Del Toro's "At the Mountains of Madness." Universal is not interested in funding film with production budgets of over $150 million and similar marketing budgets, especially when the pics will be R-rated. The numbers simply don't add up.

Source: Deadline


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secondbest writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 4:06:40 AM

Saw this coming from a mile away.
witwicky-potter writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 4:23:03 AM

they should have taken a risk with this and gone through with it.shame
gunner writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 4:42:30 AM

Universal doesn't have the balls to produce something like TDT.
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 4:42:39 AM

Well, if you make a GOOD R-rated movie it'll add. But since everybody wants to lure in the retarded tween-crowd, then the concept of good is just thrown out the window.
PaulX7 writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 5:38:54 AM

Universal, you loser. If you don't have the guts to take that type of risks, then don't buy the rights and leave them to other studios who'll have the guts
Mudders writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 6:37:51 AM

give it to paramount or new line....lionsgate would be ok
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 7:03:01 AM

Stating the bleeding obvious there.
boogiel writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 7:54:11 AM

Somehow I got feeling that Universal will regret that decision.
Cd_Smith0 writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 7:57:46 AM

Don't blame them. Watching Movie Bob's the big picture. One of the episodes explains why universal is doing this.
Cinemaisdead writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 8:23:42 AM

They probably couldnt figure out how to cahnge all the sh*t endings that Stephen King is infamous for. Guy cant finish a book.
japaninmotion writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 8:25:03 AM

no balls. soon there wont be any r rated movies
DUDEabides87 writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 8:39:56 AM

Good, ron howard would have gayed this shot up. And they need an AMAZING lead for the gunslinger. Maybe this is just a story meant for print, doesnt seem like anyone has the balls to take it on...
Kinda like watchmen, we all know how that turned out.
jgrantt18 writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 9:22:54 AM

I'm so glad this isn't happening. The Dark Tower is perfectly fine with how it exists in comics and movies. It's basically unfilmable and any tv/movie adaptation would not be good.

Does anyone think they could realistically produce a movie where a cowboy, crackhead, paraplegic and a little kid argue with a riddle-loving train? Or fight a robot controlled bear? Or basically anything that happens in the last 3 books (one of which was just a Seven Samurai ripoff)?
?
Anung_un_rama writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 10:00:58 AM

chicken sh*ts, this would have been cool.
BlackDynamite writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 11:00:06 AM

Does anyone think they could realistically produce a movie where a cowboy, crackhead, paraplegic and a little kid argue with a riddle-loving train? Or fight a robot controlled bear? Or basically anything that happens in the last 3 books (one of which was just a Seven Samurai ripoff)?
?

Cut and paste a few of those words, and you'd have the plot of Sucker Punch. I'm pretty sure it could be done.
Cinemaisdead writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 12:20:32 PM

^Exactly, Sucker Punch is one of the worst films ever made.
Cannon writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 12:21:15 PM

Hey, Ron Howard ...how about Willow 2?!
DUDEabides87 writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 12:42:30 PM

Sucker punch was not a film, more like a rape of film.
Cinemaisdead writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 4:03:07 PM

I sat in Sucker Punch thinking how can something with this much action be so boring, pussied out by making it a 12a should have been 18 and had all the crazy sh*t. Didn't make a bit of sense.
TheFilmmaker writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 8:13:39 PM

Warner Bros should pick this up, it could be their next Harry Potter if they do it correctly.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 10:33:11 PM

Stephen King adaptation from book to TV and movies is deader than Ryan Dunn.

Frankly, who cares ? The last time I remember a King story on TV was that god-awful miniseries The Stand they screened on one of the archaic three (Fox doesn't count) and it was f*cking tragic. And who was the biggest star on it ? Tim Daly ? From Wings ? f*ck, Shaloub did a thousand times better with Monk.

Oh, and that Children of the Bore(ing) remake ? Straight to DVD ? No thanks.

I'd rather see them risk it all and do a Lovecraftian story. But they won't. Because they have to follow the archaic code that primetime has had to follow for decades. And they are pussies.
Tyrkae writes:
on July 19th, 2011 at 11:50:35 PM

only 1 man could do it right Frank Darabont only person that can adapt a Stephen king and i dont think he would want to tackle this how about a HBO miniseries (cartoon stlye) i think that would be the best way to adapt it
Besides Jake is a kid if they make 7 movies well thats at least 7 years
Tanman32123 writes:
on July 20th, 2011 at 5:25:48 PM

@Max
f*ck f*ck f*ck! Stephen King is a God Damn Genius.. Ill admit some Endings Make no sense
No But you Cant Argue With the Good Films That were Adapted From his Books. Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Shining, Dreamcatcher, Carrie, Misery! Come on Man.. Ryan Dunn is one thing but Please Not My Fav Author lol And ive heard this series of books is amazing.. so id love to see the Trilogy Happen.

P.S- Instead of making fun and Calling names, can we have a Normal Discussion ? lol
Man in Black writes:
on July 20th, 2011 at 5:33:58 PM

sh*t sh*t sh*t sh*t f*ck ! I had that feeling this would circle the bowl of development hell sh*t !
Man in Black writes:
on July 20th, 2011 at 5:36:30 PM

Well with the Potter films done WB might snatch this up for a new cash cow .
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on July 20th, 2011 at 11:43:32 PM

@Tanman

Sure. Truce.


The only thing is that Stephen King has never really closed his stories very solidly.

And yes, I do enjoy Kubrick's version of The Shining, George A Romero's adaptation of The Dark Half and even Tim Curry as the clown/monster from IT.

But network television has never been too kindly with adapting King. Or Elmore Leonard for that matter.

They have to have scripts revised and edited for time allotment and subject content, etc. etc. etc.

I'll give King this much, his stuff is standing a bit better lately than John Carpenter's movies. Ghosts of Mars ? What the f*ck ?


But if the main three had the balls to compete with cable, they should try to adapt a Lovecraft story. Otherwise, what's the point, other than ratings.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on July 20th, 2011 at 11:44:41 PM

Oh ... and Ryan Dunn ? Deader than Vin Diesel's attempt to do MacBeth in London.
Tanman32123 writes:
on July 21st, 2011 at 12:18:54 AM

Id like to see a big screen adaption of The Black House.. Aparently its Amazing. Im Not Big on The Whole Reading 500pg books but i do what i can. Personal Fav Was the Shining, Saw it in Theaters (Oldies Week)
Tanman32123 writes:
on July 21st, 2011 at 12:21:59 AM

Also -

Dear Frank Darabont.
Please if anyone is going to pick this up. Let it Be You. You f*cking Made The Mist Amazingly. And your doing damn good work on The Walking Dead..

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