Warner Bros. has decided to pass on Ron Howard's Dark Tower adaptation, though MRC is now in talks to take over.
An adaptation of Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series, which consists of five great novels and two disappointing clusterfucks, has been in development since 2007 in one form another. The most recent incarnation was a three movie, two television mini-series franchise directed by Ron Howard which would have been produced by Warner Bros. and HBO. Today, Warner Bros. bailed on the deal, citing their inability to make good movies.
"It's a crapshoot for us any time we make a movie," said a fictional Warner Bros. executive, speaking frankly. "Does it have Batman in it? A Batman-like character? Anyone even remotely dressed in a bat costume? Yeah, then there's probably no chance we could make one good movie let alone three. Have you guys even watched Superman Returns. We actually thought that was good before the box office came in."
It's certainly the safe move for Warner Bros. to pass on the project, which is an ambitious one. Howard hopes to make three blockbuster movies, with a television mini-series in-between each one to tie them together. The plan would require each phase of the project to be successful, or viewers would be left with an unfinished story. Howard isn't worried though.
"The books really aren't any good after you get past the fifth one," he told The Outhouse. "Readers would have probably been more satisfied if the books just quit there, so if we don't finish it, it's no big loss. It might actually tell a better story that way."
Warner Bros. isn't the first studio to pass on Dark Tower. Universal bailed on it before Warner Bros., and J.J. Abrams, who will make just about any old crap, even dropped out after a short attachment at the beginning of the film's development. However, Media Rights Capital, the company which recently financed Ted and which has a distribution deal with Universal, is now in talks with Howard to pretend to want to finance the project and then back out later. MRC co-chairman Modi Wiczyk is apparently a fan of the books, which is as good a reason as any to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on something, as far as we're concerned.
Stay tuned to The Outhouse, but don't hold your breath.