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WB Passes On Stephen King Franchise, Dark Tower Project May Come Crumbling Down

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Help us, MRC! You're our only hope!

It's a sad day for Stephen King, his Dark Tower series, and potential gunslinger Russell Crowe!

Warner Bros — a studio with many sound stages to fill after Harry Potter and Batman franchises closed shop — just passed on adapting eight ah-mazing novels that could give them a decade of sweet films!!

Nooooo!!!

Akiva Goldsman wrote a supposedly sweet script for part one, The Gunslinger, and we thought this would become the epic franchise to end all epic franchises!

The trajectory here included not only a

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Russell Crowe May Replace Javier Bardem In The Dark Tower

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We had no problem with Javier Bardem playing gunslinger Roland Deschain in the adaptation of Stephen Kings' series, The Dark Tower, but Russell Crowe might be even better!

The thespian is no stranger to killing people on screen and looks good in a cowboy hat. In fact, the trailer for RZA's kung fu epic, The Man With The Iron Fist, puts Crowe's credentials for the covetted role on full display.

He is reportedly in talks to

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Another Stephen King Adaptation In The Works!

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Stephen King is on a roll! (as if he ever isn't)

Between Bag of Bones, Under the Dome, and The Dark Tower, LOTS of King adaptations are in the works!

Now, we've learned that Palomar Pictures and Grosvenor Park have teamed up for a few new projects, including a film adaptation of Stephen King's 1995 novel Rose Madder.

Rose has been adapted by In America writer Naomi Sheridan, and the story is "based on a woman who's on the run from her abusive husband and is able to travel into a painting."

Sounds intense! We'll definitely check that one out…as well as the seven-hundred other King movies/TV shows in the works! Ha!

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The Dark Tower's TV Sections Will Be On HBO

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We couldn't think of a better place for The Dark Tower series tv sections to be than HBO. We suppose that Showtime would have worked too, but it's wouldn't be better by any means.

HBO is known for being able to handle the kind of violence and the kind of dark themes that the Dark Tower deals with, so it's a nice home for it.

Recently, we heard that 45-50 million dollars had been cut from the budget to give the massive idea more of a chance to be made. We definitely think it can be done.

Besides, as long as it's being done — and done right regardless of price — we're happy!

We're ready, Roland!

Are U getting excited that this is happening?!

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Ron Howard Talks Dark Tower Film! It's Still Happening!

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Last month, we were bummed to hear that Universal Pictures had decided to push back production on The Dark Tower until February due to budget issues.

Then last week, we were bummed yet again to hear that the film's script was being rewritten AND that director Ron Howard was reportedly considering bailing on the project.

It was beginning to seem like Dark Tower may be doomed, but Ron Howard has spoken up about the project, and based on what he's saying now, it sounds like the project is still very much a go!

Here's Ron on the film's delays:

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More Dark Tower Problems! Director Ron Howard MAY Jump Ship

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Hopefully they can get back on track! We were excited for this project!

Last month, we heard that Universal Pictures had decided to push back production on The Dark Tower until February due to budget issues.

Now, it looks like Dark Tower might be in even more trouble, because Universal is saying that the film's script is being rewritten and sources are saying that director Ron Howard is ready to bail on the project.

Delays…script issues…director issues…DOESN'T sound good at all!

We seriously hope they can figure something out, though. We were pumped to see Javier Bardem in this role!

What do U think? Is The Dark Tower doomed? Who do U think they should get to direct if Ron Howard bails?

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Universal Considering Pulling Out Of The Dark Tower

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Uh-oh.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower hasn't even gone into production and it's already having some setbacks.

The studio behind the movie, Universal, is said to be having second thoughts on their plan on go forward on the film.

The movie was set to expand into a trilogy and two TV series, but it seems that the failure of some recent Universal films, such as Land of the Lost, Robin Hood, The Wolfman, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, have made the studio think twice before heading into such an epic and costly project.

If Universal does decide to pull out of the trilogy, then director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer will have to shop the movie around, which would definitely delay its May 17, 2013 release.

Maybe this will be a blessing in disguise? Universal may not be equipped to adapt the film in a way that will not disappoint fans.

Even though the movie will be huge and extremely costly to make, it seems that it will need to find a studio that will know how to market the film to the general public. We're not sure if Universal was the right choice.

Hmm, we don't know…

What do U think? Should Universal pass??

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