Yesterday we heard that Ron Howard's massive adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower could be saved by budget cuts, at least on the film side. Now the TV side looks to be shaping up, too. According to producer Brian Grazer, the project now has a network home at HBO.
In an interview promoting Tower Heist, Grazer said that while the movie side of the project is still waiting for studio backing after losing Universal Pictures earlier this year, the TV end of things is set.
"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."Grazer also reaffirmed that knocking $45 million off the budget of (we think) the first film will help to push that side of the project in the right direction.
"We're going to do that movie. We've lost $45 million out of the budget," he said. "When people say no to you enough, then you have to lose money, which we've done without harming the scope of the film."
Javier Bardem is (as far as we know) still on board to play the hero, Roland Deschain, but no dates have been thrown around for production or release of either side of this hefty endeavor just yet. Still, with HBO on board, the project definitely has a new sense of stability. How soon before a studio gets on board?
(via MTV Movies Blog)