After Universal passed on the Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer produced adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' due to budget worries, the fate of the three films (supplemented with two TV miniseries) seemed unclear. Even with names like Javier Bardem (as hero Roland Deschain) and Ron Howard attached, Universal passed. But could the film adaptation get a second chance?
Now Deadline has word that Warner Bros. is interested in the massive adaptation, asking writer Akiva Goldsman to give the script a final clean-up. Ron Howard will still most likely direct, with production starting in early 2013.
There's no word as of yet if Bardem is still attached as Roland, or where the miniseries will land. HBO had previously been mentioned, and with its ties to Warner Bros., it seems likely that the miniseries would end up there, providing the perfect platform for such epic, western-style material. They could probably save a lot of money re-purposing horses from 'Game of Thrones.'