Der unerbittliche Revolvermann Roland Deschain (evtl. Javier Bardem) ist auf der Suche nach dem Dunklen Turm...
Die erste "Dark Tower"-Verfilmung sollte am 16. Mai 2013 in die deutschen Kinos kommen. Geplant waren 3 Filme, jeweils gefolgt von einer TV-Miniserie. Letzten Meldungen zufolge, könnten die Dreharbeiten im 1. Quartal 2013 beginnen... Wie und ob es tatsächlich weiter geht, sagt Dir das Glas... ;-)
Dark Tower Aktuelles
Wie Deadline meldet, stehen die Chancen aktuell recht gut, dass Warner Bros. die Verfilmung übernehmen wird... When Universal Pictures said no to making three feature films and two limited-run TV series from Stephen King’s mammoth post-apocalyptic Western The Dark Tower, the partners in the film all pledged they were going to find a way to get a movie made. Well, I hear that Warner Bros is now very close to a deal that will give Ron Howard the chance to direct at least the first feature, potentially with Javier Bardem starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain. And Akiva Goldsman (who wrote the script) is producing with Brian Grazer and the author.
Basically the studio bought Goldsman’s script and are paying him to do a polish. Howard remains attached to direct, likely in first-quarter 2013. Pic is a co-production between Goldsman’s Weed Road and Howard and Grazer’s Imagine. Bardem’s participation would depend upon his availability, but he was firmly attached when the project was at Universal.
That is an amazing development for fans of the book and for a movie that has been searching for new backing since Universal let it go last July. Back then, Universal was deciding on three features and the two TV segments, which was perhaps the most ambitious movie project since Peter Jackson shot three installments of The Lord Of The Rings back to back.
Universal finally said no after telling the filmmakers two months earlier they were postponing the film for a summer shoot, ostensibly to trim the budget. I’m told the filmmakers did that anyway, before they shopped it. Universal at the time reviewed Goldsman’s script for the first film and the first leg of the TV series, and would only commit to a single film, which prompted the filmmakers to take it back and shop it. They had already hired comic book and Heroes and Battlestar Galactica writer-producer Mark Verheiden to co-write the TV component with Goldsman, which was to be made for NBC Universal Television (studio insiders deny the studio was only willing to make the movie and not the series). Subsequent to that, Grazer said in an interview the TV component would move to HBO. I’d heard Warner Bros has been interested for some time, and the arrangement with sister studio HBO makes a lot of sense. [...]
MTV zitiert Brian Grazer... [...] Grazer revealed that "The Dark Tower" is still very much on track, so much so that that HBO has come on board.
"We're going to do ['The Dark Tower'] with HBO," Grazer told us. "We'll do the TV with HBO, and we'll do the movie with... to be determined. We'll do it right."
Grazer, who believes that the previously attached Javier Bardem will still be on board as Roland Deschain, added that "Dark Tower" is going to be able to move ahead largely because he and Howard have managed to reduce the film's substantial budget.
"We're going to do that movie. We've lost $45 million out of the budget," he said. "When people say no to you enough, then you have to lose money, which we've done without harming the scope of the film."
Grazer's comments that "The Dark Tower" is heading to HBO is a huge development, to say the least. [...]
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s much-anticipated "Dark Tower" project isn’t dead yet, despite Universal’s cancellation last month of the ambitious screen adaptation of Stephen King’s opus, planned to be three movies and a spin-off TV series. Producer Grazer tells us that despite Universal’s refusal to commit to the sweeping project, director Howard isn’t giving up and is now "trying to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio]." Grazer said they also planned to go ahead with the TV spin-offs of the horror Western fantasies, but through other networks or even Netflix. But the epic "Tower" project, which still has Javier Bardem attached to star as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, will have to be put off until at least next year. Grazer added: "Ron is now going to be working on the Formula One racing movie 'Rush' about Niki Lauda, so the soonest we could do it would be June next year." [...]
MTV meldet... In news that's not exactly surprising but still disappointing, Universal has officially passed on Ron Howard's ambitious adaptation of "The Dark Tower." Deadline broke the news, revealing that Universal won't proceed with Howard's plan to adapt Stephen King's classic novels through three films and two seasons of television. Howard is free to shop the project to other backers, of course, but this could very well be it for his big "Dark Tower" plan.
It breaks my heart to hear that Howard's "Dark Tower" won't come to pass (at least not through Universal), though I am not the least bit surprised. The ambitious movie-TV-movie-TV-movie format raised my eyebrow from the very start. Not only did the math not make sense (there’s seven books to consider, not five) it just seemed like asking way too much of a viewer to divide their time between a movie series and a TV series.
Ron Howard, for what it's worth, this is how I would have done it -- and how you should too. TV, TV, TV
Give it the good ol’ "Game of Thrones" treatment. Divide the series into seven seasons, one per book. Hell, the first book could just be an epic made-for-TV movie, essentially a two and a half hour pilot, and then you only have six seasons to worry about. Ten episodes per season, or as many episodes as it needs to tell the story. "Game of Thrones" has proved that not only does this format work, but it also gives the show runners the creative freedom to explore characters even more deeply than they are explored in the books. This, to me, is really the only viable option for staying true to the story. Screw The Story
Not to give away too many spoilers, but "The Dark Tower" ends in a way that lends itself to a completely new retelling of the story. Keep the best scenes from the books and ditch the rest, reformat the entire thing into a brand new film trilogy that you can sell to Universal as an original concept. Fans might be mad, but at least you won't risk defiling the books, and you get to stay true to the spirit of the novels. This is your chance to give the series the epic conclusion it needs, Ron! Throw In The Towel
In the end, maybe this project just can't be done. Many a valiant hero has come to the labyrinth that is "The Dark Tower" and have been chewed up and spit out by the minotaur that is Hollywood. Unfortunately, Ron, not everybody can be Theseus. Perhaps it's time to file this in the awesome-nerd-dreams-that-never-came-true bin alongside Guillermo Del Toro’s ill-fated "At The Mountains of Madness." (Still upset about that one, by the way!) I would love to see Roland and his ka-tet come to live-action life, but if it’s not done right, then it just shouldn’t be done at all.
EW.com sprach mit Ron Howard... [...] We were too busy peppering the director of A Beautiful Mind with questions about The Dark Tower, the feature film and TV miniseries that Howard is planning to adapt from the epic Stephen King series of sci-fi/fantasy novels about a roaming alternate-universe cowboy named Gunslinger.
"We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward," Howard said. "“We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid." The project would start with a feature film, followed by six hours of TV content, starring the same actors as in the movie. "There are elements of the Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television," Howard continued. "TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way." [...]
Javier Bardem has officially signed an epic deal to star in the movie and TV adaptations of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" book series. The Oscar-winning actor will play Roland Deschain in the eagerly awaited Ron Howard and Brian Grazer adaptation of King's beloved seven-novel saga. It's a momentous deal because each of the three movies in the series is to be followed by a TV miniseries. A well-placed source confirmed to Page Six, "Bardem has signed on to the first movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series. It's an enormous deal for any actor, but Bardem was always the first choice." The story follows "Gunslinger" Deschain as he travels through an Old West-like landscape in search of the mythical Dark Tower to save civilization. The first movie is expected to go into production in September with Howard directing.
Deadline meldet... TV, film and comic book writer Mark Verheiden has been tapped to co-write with Akiva Goldsman the NBC TV series The Dark Tower. The project is part of a massive joint deal Universal Pictures and NBC Universal TV Entertainment signed back in September to turn Stephen King’s opus of best-selling novels -- which have sold more than 30 million copies -- into into a feature film trilogy and a TV series, both of them creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
Verheiden will executive produce the The Dark Tower series along with Goldsman and his Weed Road Pictures for Universal Media Studios. As previously announced, Ron Howard will direct the series, which is envisioned as a bridge between the first and second movie in the trilogy. This marks Verheiden's return to NBC and UMS following his turn as a supervising producer on Heroes. He also was a writer/co-exec producer on the NBCU series Battlestar Galactica, which ran on Syfy. He most recently served as a co-executive producer of TNT's upcoming sci-fi series Falling Skies, from DreamWorks TV. Verheiden, repped by CAA, Untitled and attorney Peter Nelson, is also in business with DreamWorks on the feature side, developing Quatermain for the studio, as well as Ark for Sony Pictures for producers Neal Moritz and Mike Richardson. He has written nearly 125 comic books including The American, Aliens, Predator, The Phantom, Superman and Superman/Batman.
Wie MTV dem Produzenten Brian Grazer entlockte, scheint Javier Bardem für die Rolle des Roland Deschain festzustehen... [...] "He's locked in psychologically," Grazer said. "He really wants to do it, so we're absolutely rooting for him to do it."
When asked to address other potential cast members, Grazer said they're too busy with Bardem.
"We're really just focused on Javier right now," he said.
Grazer went on to say that in addition to the challenges involved with locking in a lead actor, they'll have their hands full trying to roll-out the project across multiple platforms including film, TV and video games.
"It's challenging to capture all of it, the density of it," he said, adding that he's excited to explore all the metaphors involved, and that the first story they're exploring is that of "The Gunslinger."
Inside Movies meldet... Director Ron Howard wants Javier Bardem to play troubled hero Roland Deschain in his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Imagine Entertainment confirms the news first reported by Deadline that the No Country For Old Men star has been offered the lead role in the horror-fantasy-western adaptation, which is currently planned as a big-screen trilogy along with a TV series. (Busy week for Bardem - first he was nominated for an Oscar, then his beautiful wife gave birth to a genetically perfect child, and now this.) The Dark Tower series comprises seven books and forms the connective material between much of King’s work, so there has been much anticipation for the film/TV series. (Early rumors had indicated that fan favorite Viggo Mortensen was also in the running.) The first Dark Tower film is currently scheduled for summer 2013.
Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" has set off a casting frenzy in Hollywood. Agents are tripping over themselves to land their clients coveted roles in what promises to be a blockbuster film and television franchise. Leading the pack for the principal character, Roland Deschain, is Javier Bardem, with Viggo Mortensen a close second, sources tell us. Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have a deal with Universal that will translate into a TV show and three movies, all using the same cast. Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King. According to reports, they plan to start with an epic movie, then continue the story with the TV series, followed by a second film, and then a second TV season showing gunslinger Deschain as a young man. Then, the third movie will end the saga with Deschain as an older man.
PopWatch sprach mit Stephen King... [...] The Dark Tower is such a dense series - did you always think it needed more than a single movie or TV show treatment?
I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didn’t see this solution coming - i.e., several movies and TV series. It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]‘s idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution.
What about Ron Howard and NBC makes them a good fit for the franchise?
When working as a director, Ron is very similar to the way I work as a writer. We both tell honest stories that have (I flatter myself) style and substance but not a lot of show-offy frills.
In a perfect world, who would play Roland? Eddie? Susannah? Jake?
The Twilight cast, of course! Just kidding. I haven’t got as far as casting in my thoughts, but when I write about Susannah Dean, I always kind of see Angela Bassett in my mind’s eye. Mostly I just want good people in those parts. Ron Howard will find them, I’m sure.
And who would you want to play?
I’d love to be the voice of Blaine the Mono.
There’s a lot of blood in the series - how much is the TV series going to be censored? It likely would have been easier to join forces with a network without restrictions, à la HBO, no?
I don’t see that as a problem at all! We’ll have just enough latitude to make a great series. I’ve worked in network TV before, and every time I was squeezed a little, it just made me look for creative solutions. Besides, I always like to play in the biggest auditorium available!
Via CS! kommt die folgende Pressemeldung...
Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley-along with Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC & Universal Media Studios-today announced that Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have acquired the rights to produce three films and a television series based on the seven epic novels, short stories and comic books from Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
Ron Howard will direct the first film and the first season of television, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman will produce the film through his Weed Road Pictures with Howard and Grazer for Imagine Entertainment. Howard, Grazer and Goldsman will executive produce the television series for Universal Media Studios. Kerry Foster will executive produce the first film for Weed Road Pictures along with Todd Hallowell and Erica Huggins for Imagine Entertainment.
"I've been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world," said King. "Ron, Akiva, Brian along with Universal and NBC have a deep interest and passion for the 'The Dark Tower' series and I know that will translate into an intriguing series of films and TV shows that respect the origins and the characters in 'The Dark Tower' that fans have come to love."
"The Dark Tower" is Stephen King's opus of seven bestselling novels with, to date, more than 30 million copies sold in 40 countries. The novels incorporate themes from multiple genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror and adventure. After the series was completed, a prequel of comic books based on one of the characters was also published.
"Building a franchise home for 'The Dark Tower' is an exciting opportunity for this studio, and we're thrilled that Stephen has entrusted us to bring his beloved novels to the big screen," said Fogelson.
"Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller who creates imaginary worlds that resonate with the broadest audiences across ages and demographics," said Gaspin. "We are thrilled to partner with our colleagues in the film division and Brian, Ron and Akiva to bring Stephen's vision to the largest audience possible through this innovative multi-platform collaboration."
Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are planning for the first film in the trilogy to be immediately followed by a television series that will bridge the second film. After the second film, the television series will pick up allowing viewers to explore the adventures of the protagonist as a young man as a bridge to the third film and beyond.
"We are excited to have found partners at Universal who understand and embrace our approach to King's remarkable epic," said Howard. "By using both the scope and scale of theatrical filmmaking and the intimacy of television we hope to more comprehensively do justice to the characters, themes and amazing sequences King has given us in 'The Dark Tower' novels. It might be the challenge of a lifetime but clearly a thrilling one to take on and explore."
"The worlds of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series are richly detailed, inter-locking and deeply connected," said Goldsman. "By telling this story across media platforms and over multiple hours-and with a view to telling it completely-we have our best chance of translating Roland's quest to reach 'The Dark Tower' onto screen. We are proceeding with tremendous excitement, fidelity to the source material and, quite frankly, no small amount of awe at this opportunity."
"King has created the most visually enthralling places and characters in 'The Dark Tower,'" said Grazer. "The synergy created across all the media divisions of our partners at NBC Universal to tell this remarkable story is ground-breaking and invigorating. This project will be one of the most exciting and challenging that I will have ever worked on and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
Deadline meldet... In a whopping deal coming together quickly, Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of King's epic novel series The Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.
Universal is in talks to acquire a package that included the books, and the attachment of the team behind the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Both Universal - where Imagine is based - and Warner Bros - where Goldsman’s Weed Road banner is housed - have been vying for the project.
The Dark Tower is King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the author will get his own screen trilogy. Like Tolkien, King's epic novel series is set in an otherworldly but familiar world, and involves a quest to save the world. The series spanned seven novels that involved Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him.
The book series was once developed by JJ Abrams and his Lost cohorts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but they never cracked it. Goldsman, who has become a prolific producer, was the catalyst for securing the rights from King, and he brought it to Howard and Grazer. It was not immediately evident how large the transaction was, but King has often optioned his works for little or no money upfront, and reportedly he bestowed the rights on Abrams for $19, a number which has significance in the novel series. King is working on an eighth novel, one that doesn't change the ending, but deals with characters and a storyline that falls midway in the series. CAA is working on the deal.
Wie Heat Vision meldet, haben die Rechteinhaber gewechselt... J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot shingle, which has long sought to crack Stephen King’s "The Dark Tower" book series as a television series, no longer has the rights to one of the author’s biggest properties.
Bad Robot has returned the rights back to the best-selling author. Now Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are teaming up to tackle the fantasy Western.
The three are in discussions on a scenario that would see an adaptation begin as a movie, to be written by Goldsman and directed by Howard, that would lead to a TV series produced by Imagine’s small-screen division.
"Tower" is not set up, nor has any option deal been made, but insiders say Universal, home to Imagine, would be the studio that will release the movie.
That would be a contrast to the vision drawn up by Bad Robot, which had been eyeing their potential series as a reunion with "Lost" exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Because of the comprehensive nature of the project, the creators wanted to wait until "Lost" was over to give it their attention. When they realized they wouldn't be able to do an adaptation justice, they gave the rights back to King.
King’s magnum opus, "Tower" encompasses not just a narrative about the Man in Black and Roland, the Gunslinger, that spans seven lengthy books (and one short story), but also the entire universe of King’s fiction. Characters from his other novels flit in and out of "Tower" in minor and major ways.
Envisioned when King was still in his teens as his own take on spaghetti Westerns and the world of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," "Tower" has also spawned a series of graphic novels from Marvel Comics, with the latest issue hitting shelves May 19. The property’s expansive nature and direct connection to King’s other works make it one of the biggest, ripest franchise possibilities in entertainment.
Wie MTV.com meldet, ist J.J. Abrams raus aus der geplanten Verfilmung... It coulda been great! J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof - two of the key dudes behind "Lost" - were set to adapt Stephen King's sci-fi/fantasy opus, "The Dark Tower," for the big screen.
Such a seamless fit between material and filmmakers - it coulda be great, but it ain't gonna happen, as Abrams himself told MTV News' Josh Horowitz recently. "The 'Dark Tower' thing is tricky," he said. "It's such an important piece of writing. The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now."
This only confirms what Abrams previously said to USA Today in an October interview. "You'll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of 'The Dark Tower' than me, but that's probably the reason that I shouldn't be the one to adapt it," he revealed. "After working six years on 'Lost,' the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I'm such a massive Stephen King fan that I'm terrified of screwing it up. I'd do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they're so incredible. But not by me." [...]
MTV.com zitiert aus einem Interview mit J.J. Abrams über die geplante Verfilmung... [...] "Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King," Abrams told IGN while promoting the upcoming "Star Trek" film. "We got the rights for ['Dark Tower'] as a film. Damon is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on ‘Star Trek’ together. As soon as ‘Lost’ is done, hopefully we’ll begin tackling that."
For his part, Lindelof has also been speaking about the Stephen King adaptation. As "Lost" wraps up its penultimate season and gets ready for the sixth and final year of the show, Lindelof told Lostpedia that his entire creative energy is currently focused solely on the series.
"We’re just so focused on finishing ‘Lost’ that it’s really hard to think about anything else," he said. "The last thing we want to think about is how to adapt a seven book series of, you know, basically the writer who we admire the most and look up to most and has inspired our work the most, and do anything with that. I think that it’s such a daunting task. We have a pretty daunting task in front of us ourselves [with the end of 'Lost']."
Still, it’s not as if the "Lost" showrunner hasn’t spoken about "Dark Tower" in the past. He previously told AMC that he envisions the series on the same scope as Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
"There are always ‘Dark Tower’ conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun," said Lindelof. "If ‘The Dark Tower’ were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one."
AMC sprach mit dem Produzenten Damon Lindelof über den Stand der Dinge in Sachen Verfilmung... Q: [...] Have there been any developments with your rumored adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series?
A: The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we've got seven books we're looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.
Remember last week when we told you that JJ Abrams might be directing an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series? Well it looks like this rumor is true.
King confirmed the news to a crowded room at the New York Comic-Con:
"I know J.J. Abrams’ work and Damon Lindelof, who is his collaborator on Lost. Damon is just a total comic-book freak, and he loves the Dark Tower books. I trust those guys, and they have a lot on the ball. When they said they wanted to talk about doing this, I said, ‘You know what? Why don’t you buy the option on this and see what you can come up with.’ They asked, ‘How much do you want for an option?’ I said, ‘$19.’ (A key amount that comes up frequently in the books) And that’s what they paid me, and that’s where it is."
"I said no to everybody until recently, because I didn’t think much of the chances of it being a good movie," King told the crowd. "I mean, this is my life’s work, since the time I was 22 years old. It’s very important to me. Usually, with the other [books], I don’t give much of a shit. My attitude is, ‘Go make a movie, and if it’s good, that’s terrific, and if it’s bad, then it will go to the video stores and back shelves of Blockbuster, and I still get royalties on the book.’"