[Movies] Ron Howard Says The Dark Tower Isn't Dead Yet
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.17.2013
He's still trying to get it going...
In an interview with Empire, Ron Howard gave an update on his attempted adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
He said: "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 realized how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was. 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 [an adaptation of Mark Helprin's novel, Winter's Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], 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."
He was also asked what he plans to do about the fact that Stephen King himself appears in the book series. He added: "Yes. And I will admit Stephen has said, ‘I don't have to be in this.' But that's not to say that he won't be!"
Finally, he was asked about the status of Arrested Development, of which he is the executive producer and narrator. He said: "This last season was all designed as a set-up and a drum roll. There is a mystery hanging there, there are narrative threads dangling in the air, and so I think the fans are doing what they've done with the show all along: they're saying they want more. Netflix is listening, and it's still a question whether the best way to answer those questions are going to be more episodes or a longer form thing."