Last year Universal Pictures decided to not move forward in bringing The Dark Tower to any size screen. Their loss could be Warner Bros gain if a pending deal goes through.
Deadline reports that WB is looking to give Ron Howard a chance to direct at least one move in the project that was supposed to consist of three feature films and two limited-run TV series. If all the deals go through, Javier Bardem could possibly be the lead in the post-apocalyptic Western title from Stephen King.
If the project moves forward it would likely use a polished script from Akiva Goldsman to start shooting in the beginning of 2013. Goldsman would also be producing the project along with Brian Grazer and Steven King.
Of course, Bardem would only do the project if he is available, he has other projects currently lined up and is often rumored to play many roles for big name titles that are barely in development. The likelihood of him playing the lead role is strong mostly because he was firmly attached to the project when it was still at Universal.
To really boil down the series to it’s base, it is about the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, with Deschain becoming humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower.
The project heads ultimately decided to start shopping the title when Universal pushed the film back for a later shoot, trimmed the budget and only committed to a single film instead of the whole package.
Writer Mark Verheiden, known for his work on Heroes and Battlestar Galactica was brought on to co-write the TV part of the project with Goldsman. Grazer recently said that the TV component of the project would likely head over to HBO since it happens to be a sister studio of Warner Bros.