Ah hell… Discordia reigns, maybe? Just a little?
So Variety is saying that the Ron Howard / Akiva Goldsman mega-adaptation of the Dark Tower novels is getting reevaluated by Universal on account of its apparently massive budget. It might even be getting put into turnaround, the Todash-like state where a movie’s production company has the opportunity to either bring it to another studio or bring another studio in to co-finance (which would allow Universal to recoup the costs they've already spent on developing the project). With some recent top-end personnel shake-ups, Universal’s been reassessing a number of big tentpole projects. You’ll recall that del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness was dropped a couple months ago for fear of its bid budget / R-rating combo.
This news would seem kind of
shocking considering how Javier Bardem was only jussssssst cast as Roland, but
Variety clarifies that the studio's moving ahead like the project’s still going
to happen. I expect it’ll just end up
resulting in a co-financing deal that’ll share some of the risk. Nobody’s
released a budget projection yet, but I figure a trilogy of movies with a TV show season interspersed throughout would take as much change as Lord of
the Rings needed, if not more (and there's no German tax shelter loophole in sight to alleviate costs). Translated exactly,
the books would also be rated R, for sure, so there’s that to consider as well.