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« Reply #80 on: September 09, 2010, 08:44:18 AM »

Quote from: EddieA on September 09, 2010, 02:56:24 AM

This is interesting.  The book series is being made into movies and a TV series.  There will be three movies, with a season of the TV show between the movies to bridge the gaps.


okay i know that link is dated yesterday,but seriously,you need to look at post 1 on page 1....ie:what started this thread  icon_biggrin
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« Reply #81 on: September 09, 2010, 08:53:34 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 09, 2010, 08:44:18 AM

Quote from: EddieA on September 09, 2010, 02:56:24 AM

This is interesting.  The book series is being made into movies and a TV series.  There will be three movies, with a season of the TV show between the movies to bridge the gaps.


okay i know that link is dated yesterday,but seriously,you need to look at post 1 on page 1....ie:what started this thread  icon_biggrin

True, but in fairness to Eddie the news today does bring some details in that weren't available earlier, mainly the movie-series-movie-series-movie plan.
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« Reply #82 on: September 09, 2010, 05:44:08 PM »

Quote from: Sarkus on September 09, 2010, 08:53:34 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 09, 2010, 08:44:18 AM

Quote from: EddieA on September 09, 2010, 02:56:24 AM

This is interesting.  The book series is being made into movies and a TV series.  There will be three movies, with a season of the TV show between the movies to bridge the gaps.


okay i know that link is dated yesterday,but seriously,you need to look at post 1 on page 1....ie:what started this thread  icon_biggrin

True, but in fairness to Eddie the news today does bring some details in that weren't available earlier, mainly the movie-series-movie-series-movie plan.

i suppose,but in all truth,it couldn't of been anything else really if they were planning them both at the same time,i can't see them waiting for either the movies to be finished and then do/show the TV series,or the TV series to be done and do the movies
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« Reply #83 on: September 15, 2010, 09:38:11 PM »

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND NBC UNIVERSAL TELEVISION
ENTERTAINMENT TO MAKE FILM TRILOGY AND
TELEVISION SERIES BASED ON STEPHEN KING’S  
EPIC SERIES OF NOVELS  
THE DARK TOWER
 
Academy Award® Winners Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and
Brian Grazer Will Produce the Three Films and the TV Series
Based on The Dark Tower
 
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, September 8, 2010 – Universal Pictures Chairman Adam
Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley—along with Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC
Universal Television Entertainment and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime
Entertainment, NBC & Universal Media Studios—today announced that Universal
Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have acquired the rights to produce
three films and a television series based on the seven epic novels, short stories and comic
books from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.  
 
Ron Howard will direct the first film and the first season of television, which will be
written by Goldsman.  Goldsman will produce the film through his Weed Road Pictures
with Howard and Grazer for Imagine Entertainment.  Howard, Grazer and Goldsman will
executive produce the television series for Universal Media Studios.  Kerry Foster will
executive produce the first film for Weed Road Pictures along with Todd Hallowell and
Erica Huggins for Imagine Entertainment.    

NBC’s roster of popular scripted series includes critically acclaimed comedies like Emmy
winners The Office , starring Steve Carell, and 30 Rock, starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey.
Veteran, award-winning dramas on NBC include Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Friday
Night Lights  and Chuck. Unscripted series for NBC include the hits The Biggest Loser, Celebrity
Apprentice , and America's Got Talent.  NBC is #1 in late night's key ratings races with The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, and
Saturday Night Live. NBC Daytime's Days of our Lives  consistently finishes among daytime’s
top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category.  For more information visit
www.nbc.com.
 
Contacts: 
Universal Pictures:
Kori Bernards (818) 777.7216/[email protected]
NBC Television Entertainment:   
Rebecca Marks (818) 489.7779/[email protected]
“The worlds of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series are richly detailed, inter-locking and
deeply connected,” said Goldsman.  “By telling this story across media platforms and over
multiple hours—and with a view to telling it completely—we have our best chance of
translating Roland’s quest to reach The  Dark Tower onto screen.  We are proceeding with
tremendous excitement, fidelity to the source material and, quite frankly, no small amount
of awe at this opportunity.”
 
“King has created the most visually enthralling places and characters in The Dark Tower,”
said Grazer.  “The synergy created across all the media divisions of our partners at NBC
Universal to tell this remarkable story is ground-breaking and invigorating.  This project
will be one of the most exciting and challenging that I will have ever worked on and I am
thrilled to be a part of it.”   
 
About Universal Pictures 
Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). 
Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal.  NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading
media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of
entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  Formed in May 2004 through
the combining of NBC and Vivendi, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable
portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company,
significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-
renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned
by Vivendi.
 
About NBC Entertainment
NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network’s primetime,
late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC’s quality programs and balanced lineup have
earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards, and ratings success. The network
has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. 
 “I’ve been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to
film and TV viewers around the world,” said King.  “Ron, Akiva, Brian along with
Universal and NBC have a deep interest and passion for the The Dark Tower series and I
know that will translate into an intriguing series of films and TV shows that respect the
origins and the characters in The Dark Tower that fans have come to love.”
 
The Dark Tower is Stephen King’s opus of seven bestselling novels with, to date, more than
30 million copies sold in 40 countries.  The novels incorporate themes from multiple
genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror and adventure.  After the series was
completed, a prequel of comic books based on one of the characters was also published.   
 
“Building a franchise home for The Dark Tower is an exciting opportunity for this studio,
and we’re thrilled that Stephen has entrusted us to bring his beloved novels to the big
screen,” said Fogelson.
 
“Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller who creates imaginary worlds that resonate with the
broadest audiences across ages and demographics,” said Gaspin.  “We are thrilled to
partner with our colleagues in the film division and Brian, Ron and Akiva to bring
Stephen’s vision to the largest audience possible through this innovative multi-platform
collaboration.” 
 
Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are planning for the first film in the trilogy to be
immediately followed by a television series that will bridge the second film.  After the
second film, the television series will pick up allowing viewers to explore the adventures of
the protagonist as a young man as a bridge to the third film and beyond.   
 
“We are excited to have found partners at Universal who understand and embrace our
approach to King’s remarkable epic,” said Howard.  “By using both the scope and scale of
theatrical filmmaking and the intimacy of television we hope to more comprehensively do
justice to the characters, themes and amazing sequences King has given us in The Dark
Tower novels.  It might be the challenge of a lifetime but clearly a thrilling one to take on
and explore.” NEWS RELEASE
 
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« Reply #84 on: September 16, 2010, 12:13:30 AM »

i feel a bit more confident now that i know Ron Howard is directing the first film and first season...so is that just to see how things go,and then he may continue to direct?,as i would be quite happy if he was fully on board to do it all


looking on IMDB it looks like he has only directed a few things made for TV(TV movies)..well balls to it,I'm still confident
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« Reply #85 on: September 16, 2010, 12:22:13 AM »

did you guys see this?

Spoiler for Hiden:
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anyways, this could be interesting.  3 films and a TV series.  the plan for movie, tv season, movie, tv season, movie makes me wonder how they'll break things up story wise.
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« Reply #86 on: September 16, 2010, 12:27:08 AM »

weirdo  Tongue


i just saw this part in the press release
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Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are planning for the first film in the trilogy to be
immediately followed by a television series that will bridge the second film.  After the
second film, the television series will pick up allowing viewers to explore the adventures of
the protagonist as a young man as a bridge to the third film and beyond.
   


so that's the past events of Wizard and Glass that will be the second TV series after the second film...about right that,as then after that we will have 1 film and 1 TV series left,which is perfect for the last 3 books me thinks(especially as Song of Susannah is shorter than the two surrounding it)....but should it all end on the TV series?...hmm
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« Reply #87 on: May 14, 2011, 08:40:29 AM »

looks like the project is in trouble.
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« Reply #88 on: July 19, 2011, 01:18:01 AM »

it's dead Jim
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« Reply #89 on: July 19, 2011, 09:42:29 AM »

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« Reply #90 on: July 19, 2011, 11:11:21 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 19, 2011, 09:42:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 19, 2011, 01:18:01 AM


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This. The Dark Tower is to me what Harry Potter is to my wife.  crybaby
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« Reply #91 on: July 19, 2011, 12:22:48 PM »

So they green light Battleship, but turn down The Dark Tower and At the Mountains of Madness?  Nice.

I wouldn't count this completely out though. Ron Howard is a fairly big name, so someone else might jump to get in bed with him.  HBO should consider this; that would be a match made in heaven.
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« Reply #92 on: July 19, 2011, 09:45:58 PM »

Lame! Seriously lame.
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« Reply #93 on: July 20, 2011, 09:37:06 PM »

From what I read, Universal was nervous about bankrolling a trilogy of films AND a TV series that would have something else in the first season and then Bardiem in the 2nd. That's an awful *lot* to chew. King apparently told EW that he's still hopeful it will get made as at least the movies:
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/07/19/stephen-king-dark-tower-universal/
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“I’m sorry Universal passed, but not really surprised,” he writes in an email. “As a rule, they’ve been about smaller and less risky pix; maybe they feel it would be better to stick with those fast and furious racing boys. I bear them no ill will, and trust Ron Howard to get Roland and his friends before the camera somewhere else. He’s very committed to the project.”
Uncle Stevie's not a spring chicken anymore (he's about 64) lets hope the adaptations get done in time for him to enjoy it.  icon_smile
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« Reply #94 on: October 26, 2011, 12:02:19 AM »

not dead?  possibly twitching like that roadkill rickfc brought home the other night??

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“We’ll do the TV with HBO and the movie with … to be determined,” Grazer said during an interview to promote Tower Heist.
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« Reply #95 on: October 26, 2011, 01:41:23 PM »

From io9:

(Producer Brian Grazer)
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"We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending. In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn't quite as satisfying. Now, we've got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It's gonna get made."

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« Reply #96 on: October 26, 2011, 05:25:14 PM »

what was wrong with the ending in the book?,was i the only one who liked it?..anything else at the top of that damn tower would probably of been a let down,but i am happy that HBO are having a go at it,that cast will have to be spot on though



and damn,Gary Oldman in Akira actually has one of my eyebrows raised and interested...damn
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« Reply #97 on: August 14, 2012, 05:38:31 PM »

Well it looks like Warner Bros are about to make a decision on The Dark Tower,and word has it that they now want Russell Crowe as Roland,Crowe has yet to be approached with any kind of deal

http://www.sohood.com/2012/08/russell-crowe-set-to-take-over-the-dark-tower-lead/
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« Reply #98 on: August 14, 2012, 06:22:13 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 14, 2012, 05:38:31 PM

Well it looks like Warner Bros are about to make a decision on The Dark Tower,and word has it that they now want Russell Crowe as Roland,Crowe has yet to be approached with any kind of deal

http://www.sohood.com/2012/08/russell-crowe-set-to-take-over-the-dark-tower-lead/

Ugh...While I think that Crowe can be an amazing actor with the right material, he's not the character of Roland. I'd much rather see someone like Christian Bale in the role. He could probably pull that off better than anyone outside a younger Clint Eastwood at this point.
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« Reply #99 on: August 15, 2012, 03:07:36 AM »

At first I didnt like the idea of Crowe in the role but then I remembered 3:10 to Yuma.  I think Crowe will do fine but he does need to commit himself to the role and lose about 30 lbs in the process.  Crowe is a good actor and Im sure Howard can make it work.  Hopefully they can get it done.
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« Reply #100 on: August 21, 2012, 03:57:19 AM »

Warner is out.

maybe they should try a Kickstarter biggrin
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« Reply #101 on: August 21, 2012, 04:44:24 AM »

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« Reply #102 on: August 22, 2012, 05:11:21 AM »

I think, to make this work, they are going to need to shoot for a partial committment rather then a full committment to the full story.  Clearly no studio is in the position where they can take the risk of providing money up-front for three movies and two extended length TV series.  I never understood how that was supposed to work anyway. 

Do The Gunslinger by itself or the first three and go from there.
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« Reply #103 on: August 23, 2012, 04:29:16 PM »

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Media Rights Capital is in serious talks to take on The Dark Tower after Warner Bros declined to make what potentially amounts to three feature films and two limited run TV series. MRC’s Modi Wiczyk is a big fan of the Stephen King novel series, I hear, and the company is eager to capitalize on the positive momentum they got from developing and financing the Seth MacFarlane-directed summer sleeper hit Ted with Mark Wahlberg.
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« Reply #104 on: January 23, 2014, 08:32:41 AM »

Netflix involved?...Liam Neeson Interested?
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I couldn't see him in the role at first, but I think he has the mix of hard gruff and unwavering resolve to play Roland.  Aaron Paul would make a great Eddie. 
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