An adaptation of Stephen King’s Sci-Fi Western Dark Tower might have new life, and may be coming to HBO. Director Ron Howard’s seemingly impossible idea of turning the novel into three films and two television series’ fell apart back in July 2011 when Universal decided not to back him on the project. Now, according to Deadline.com, Warner Bros. will be receiving a script for the first installment of the series and will decide whether to green-light the project within the next two weeks. Writing the script will be Akiva Goldsman, who won an Oscar for his work with Howard on A Beautiful Mind; but, that’s not the only connection to the 2001 hit film. Howard and Goldsman have apparently reached out to Russell Crowe about playing the lead role of Roland Deschain. While no deal with the actor currently exists, Warner Bros. will be evaluating him as they make their decision and are more likely to go forth with the project if he’s on-board. When Universal dropped out, Warner Bros. became interesting in taking on the franchise and using it’s sister-company HBO for the TV components that would air in between films. HBO has always been adventurous and willing to take risks on big project like this, and given the success of their newest fantasy Game of Thrones, it seems like the premium network would be an ideal avenue for Dark Tower.
Dark Tower follows Roland Deschain, who is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland’s quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland’s world is said to have “moved on”, and it appears to be coming apart at the seams.