If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Remember that 'Dark Tower' movie, or I should say movies, they were planned? You know, that Stephen King novel adaptation that was going to be directed by Ron Howard as three films connected by a couple of television series? Universal ended up getting cold feet on that one and the project sort of died in the water. But during a recent interview during the press blitz for 'Tower Heist,' Ron Howard's producing partner Brian Grazer mentioned that he and Howard had shaved $45 million from the budget and that the film was "going to get made." It is unclear from his comments whether that means it is still going to be three movies and two series or even whether it will still be under the Universal banner.
This is becoming a trend these days. Both 'The Lone Ranger' and 'Akira' seemed like dead projects until they magically found ways to scale back their budgets. While I'm merely not sold on the idea of doing a live-action 'Akira,' I am downright against adapting 'The Dark Tower' for the big, and small, screen. There is so much going on in this book, so many strange genre changes and a world the scope of which rivals that of Tolkien, that it would take more than three movies and a pair of television series to adequately tell the story. What's really troubling here is that Grazer asserts that cutting $45 million from the original budget will allow them to give the film the ending it deserves. I'm sorry...what? If you couldn't effectively end the movie with a larger budget, how is scaling that budget back going to help? I think it's time to let this one go.