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While out there promoting Brett Ratner's action-comedy Tower Heist, Imagine Entertainment's Brain Grazer let the word out that the company's film and television adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of novels will be going ahead as planned (less $45 million of budget), after news that Universal Pictures passed on the project.
Sayeth Grazer, by way of MTV's Movies Blog:
"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."
So the adaptations, which proposed an unprecedented rollout scheme that incorporated both films and series television, is back up and running. Grazer apparently is figuring that Javier Bardem, previously attached to play protagonist Roland Deschain, is still in for the project.
Check out MTV's video of the conversation with video of Grazer talking about this and other things (ie Arrested Development, which also will be revived through both television and film), apparently not long after sticking a fork into a light socket. Also, click over to their site via the link below to read the rest of their story.
Source: Dark Tower Heading to HBO, Says Brian Grazer
Written or Contributed by: Royal Nonesuch