Warner Bros. have put a significant dent in the ambitious Dark Tower TV and movie undertaking by passing on the project.
The studio had showed interest in adopting the project after NBC Universal passed in 2011 citing budget concerns, but have now come to the same conclusions.
The latest rejection, first reported by Variety, is not thought to represent a total knock out — Imagine Entertainment can still take it to other studios — but it’s a major set-back, with many believing WB was the last realistic hope for the huge transmedia project.
The plan is for The Dark Tower to take place over two limited seasons of television and three movies serving a mouth-watering ‘connected’ story.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer would produce with Howard also directing the project. Akiva Goldsman recently delivered the first draft for the film’s first installment. Russell Crowe was linked with the lead role of Gunslinger Roland Deschain.
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower follows the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, with Deschain becoming humanity’s final hope to save civilization as he sets out to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an Old West vibe.
This is disappointing news, but we’ll of course keep you updated should future developments emerge.