Ron Howard’s ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has certainly had its fair share of set backs and budget problems. But with a project of this magnitude, it was never going to be plain sailing.
These past few months there has been rumours of Universal wanting a budget reduction and them having the schedule pushed back. While we all wait for the project to get the go, Deadline recently caught up with Ron Howard who speaks about his career and what is going on with The Dark Tower, check out an excerpt below.
When asked, why has it been so hard for it (The Dark Tower) to get under way?
“The first version represented a bold attempt to fast track, because of weather concerns. It was a little more dramatic to people on the outside than to us. We’d have liked to move forward on that fast track, but it was always Phase One. There was an understanding that if we couldn’t answer all the questions in a way that made sense to all the partners involved, then we would operate on a slightly more traditional timetable. Even if we go in March, that’s still moving quickly for something of this scale.”
Is Javier Bardem set to play Roland Deschains?
“He’s fascinated by the character and has great instincts for Roland. I’m hoping when we go, he’s available and will join us.”