Ron Howard: “Dark Tower” Has Not Gone Away

It has been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the often troubled film-and-TV adaptation of author Stephen King’s magnum opus, “The Dark Tower” series.

Filmmaker Ron Howard remains attached to at least part of the three film and two TV season project, but many think the whole endeavor is now rotting away in development hell. In the UK to promote “Rush,” Howard tells Empire that he hasn’t given up on the project. It will be, however, a long time before we see it:

“The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.

And yet it’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny Superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror.

That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.

So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. we’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie, I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.”