Commala-come-come, the story of the Tower hasn't even begun...
Filming of Stephen King's ludicrously epic - and ludicrously brilliant - Dark Tower
series was to begin this summer. However, the start date has been pushed back until next February amid some last-minute budget discussions.
The seven novels were due to be turned into a trilogy of three epic movies, each film linked by a TV miniseries, in a joint project by Universal and NBC. Given the richness and the scope of The Dark Tower
, this is perhaps one of the only ways to get the whole story out. Aside from, you know, leaving it alone. Akira Goldsman has written the script and is set to produce with Brian Grazer, while Ron Howard is due to direct. Javier Bardem has been cast as Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger.
However, this delay in the beginning of production casts a new shadow over the project. If a new budget isn't sorted out by July, the rights to the film will go back to Stephen King and the filmmakers. If that happens, it's highly unlikely that any other studios will want to get involved with the project.
If you're unsure of why this is a big deal, then we urge you to read the books. The seven volumes (with a eighth due next year, a short story and several Marvel comics filling in the gaps) comprise quite possibly one of the best stories ever told. It starts out as a fantasy quest - a cowboy on the trail of the Man in Black - but that doesn't do it justice at all.
Seriously, stop reading this and go and get hold of the first novel - The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger.
You won't regret it. Long days and pleasant nights.