You probably remember when Universal pulled the plug on Ron Howard's
ambitious (read: expensive) adaptation of Stephen King's gunslinger opus, The Dark Tower
, which would have turned the book into a film trilogy and television series. The studio wasn't happy with the project's price tag, but Howard — along with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazer — pushed on, hoping to negotiate something doable. The Playlist
is now reporting that Grazer is optimistic the remake will be greenlit since the team shaved off $45-50 million dollars.
"We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending,” Grazer told The Playlist during press rounds for Tower Heist — his latest producer credit, which hits November 4. "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."
With Javier Bardem still expected to play Roland Deschain in the movies and part of the TV series, Howard still on board to direct (but currently busy with Rush), and Grazer's optimism, could this thing finally get made? Or are you skeptical that the budget cut means the re-telling — and particularly the ending — won't be possible, or as "satisfying" as promised? (Remember, we're talking about diving into seven books worth of story, with an eighth on the way next year.)