The Dark Tower ... has gone dark. Really dark. Warner Bros. has decided to pass on the film and TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel. They put up a good fight, but they're officially pulling the plug.
According to Showblitz, The WB has opted not to move forward with the movie. It was somewhat shocking, considering that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman had just delivered a new draft of the script. Also, Oscar winner Russell Crowe was interested in playing the lead if it got a green light.
Prior to Warner Bros., Universal attempted to produce the film but hit multiple roadblocks. In May 2011, Howard admitted there were problems but remained optimistic. "We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward."
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Howard's ambitious vision included a Dark Tower film trilogy and a TV series. He would direct and produce alongside Brian Grazer and King through Imagine Entertainment. They can still take the film to other studios, but insiders believe WB was its best bet.
Should another studio pick it up, or should they cut their losses?