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"The Dark Tower" Changes Ending and Lowers Budget, May Happen Soon

Posted: October 24th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Dark Tower" Changes Ending and Lowers Budget, May Happen SoonSubmit Comment
Universal Pictures recently decided against turning Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" into three theatrical movies with two TV series in between. The problem was mostly the budget, despite the fact that the project is being developed by Oscar winners like director Ron Howard, writer Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazer.

The plan has been to find alternate financing, and now comes word that the budget has been lowered to achieve that. "We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending," said Grazer. "In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn't quite as satisfying. Now, we've got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It's gonna get made."

It's unclear whether Grazer will go back to Universal with the new script and budget or if he'll start shopping it around. Either way, things are moving forward and with Javier Bardem still on board in the lead role of Roland Deschain, hopefully there will be some production news soon.

Source: Indiewire


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Cinemaisdead writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 7:57:49 AM

Make it so.
Spankfish writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 8:05:44 AM

Cut £45 mill out of budget = Cut 45% of the story out and dont film it. Making the film sh*tter.
boogiel writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 8:05:48 AM

As long they faithfully follow the novel and comic in making this film, Count me in.
SeWerin writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 8:12:08 AM

Ditch the Bardem and bring William Fitchner to play Roland and we got a deal.

(also by hiring Fitchner you would save yourself few millions and still get superb actor)
BadChadB33 writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 9:07:06 AM

Viggo God damn it.
stout writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 9:19:25 AM

As long as they don't completely destroy the story, this will be GREAT.
JohnZee writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 10:11:53 AM

"Actually give it a good ending"?

I don't like the sound of that.

I'll admit that this series has a lot of useless filler that I would cut the sh*t out of if I was given the power of the red felt pen.

But changing the ending of any story tends to be the more serious and radical cut that anyone can ever make.

I wasn't completely happy with Stephen King's ending, but that's the thing it was HIS story to write, and his ending.

Sounds like another perfect example of: You sell your story to Hollywood they can turn it into whatever slutty two-bit whore that they want to...
Rambo writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 10:17:17 AM

the dark tower...thats what the ladies call my manhood
pornfly writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 10:48:20 AM

Change the ending?I wonder how many purists this will pissoff,guess I'll just watch this then read wikipedia
Ranger writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 11:58:33 AM

'... and a really satisfying ending.'

Ahh... better looking credits?
mrstretch writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 1:40:59 PM

Javier Bardem as Roland Dechain. Better change his name to Rolando DeChavez.
FilmFan91201 writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 5:31:02 PM

If you have to change the ending from the books', then just don't bother. Either bring the books to the big screen or don't, but don't do what Kubrick did with "The Shining", and completely bastardize it. "The Dark Tower" is a good story. Tell it the way it was written or go find something else to do with your $50 million.
KillerCOck writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 6:05:20 PM

I don't want Ron Howard to direct this. I think his incapable of making an entirely good movie, he always f*cks it up with something
Ranger writes:
on October 24th, 2011 at 6:34:48 PM

Really? Apollo 13 was amazing, to name just one.
Johnnyb writes:
on October 25th, 2011 at 12:51:18 AM

mmmm changing the endingż? Not so sure about that..... I know I will see it and I will hate it, like most of Stephen´s book that are been adapted to the big screen, and totally f*cked it up!!!!!
Tanman32123 writes:
on October 26th, 2011 at 1:25:42 AM

Stephen King For President ? Anyone...

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