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Warner Bros. passes on THE DARK TOWER

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Warner Bros. Entertainment, INC. has missed the deadline to jump on board the Ron Howard directed adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. With it goes the best, but not last chance fans had to see the epic series brought to life on screen. According to reports the plan was for the 9 part epic to be broken into 3 films and 2 television series, the latter to air on HBO.

This is the second major setback for the popular series. Earlier Universal passed citing budgetary concerns and a fear they could not find a suitable lead actor. Russell Crowe is said to be interested in the lead, and his history with Howard seems to make him a good fit on paper.

Even as popular as the series is, it’s a huge gamble for a studio, and there are only a few studios that can afford the risk. With Universal and now Warner Bros. passing, it is starting to look doubtful that we will see an adaptation in the near future.

For those who haven’t read the books, they are definitely worth the read. Here’s a brief synopsis of the first book.

The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond…the Dark Tower.

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