Warner Bros. is fresh off of their eight-film, multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise, and are no doubt looking for something new that they can reel off over the next few years to hopefully take its place on their balance sheet. It would appear that one franchise they're considering is The Dark Tower, the huge three-film, two-television-season project that's being shepherded along by Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman.
Multiple sources are saying that Warner Bros. is talking about the project with its producers, but hasn't gone to the point of saying that they're in "negotiations" yet. It'd make a good fit for Warner, though, should they wish to proceed with the project, as they could produce the television seasons through their sister company, HBO, although most of the news stories floating around indicate that Warner would only be willing to commit to the first movie and not all three of them at one go. Javier Bardem, rumored to be the lead choice for Roland Deschain, is reportedly still on board for the project, presuming it can get off to some kind of timely shoot; currently he's filming Skyfall, the latest James Bond film.
Despite all this good news, I still question whether or not Akiva Goldsman is really the right person for the job. He's had some hits, but most of his mass-market attempts at filmwriting have been pretty goddamn awful; this is the man who wrote I, Robot, Batman & Robin, and Lost In Space, after all. Maybe that's cherry picking the worst of his stuff, but still: Batman & Fucking Robin.